Intel Partners With Google Cloud On ‘Mount Evans’ IPU
Intel announced Google Cloud as a co-development partner for its Mount Evans ASIC-based infrastructure processing unit. The infrastructure processing unit, or IPU, is a new class of data center chip under from Intel that is meant to offload infrastructure tasks from server CPUs. Intel said the Mount Evans IPU includes an infrastructure programmer development kit that is made to simplify developer access in Google Cloud data centers. Intel debuted IPUs a few months ago, saying their offloading capabilities can allow cloud service providers to “maximize data center revenue” by letting them “rent 100 percent of their server CPUs to customers.” The company previously disclosed it is working on two IPUs, the ASIC-based Mount Evans and Oak Springs Canyon, an IPU that is based on the Intel Agilex FPGA. An Intel executive told CRN that while the IPUs are initially being developed for cloud customers, they will eventually become applicable to a wider swath of data center customers.