Intel has released new details about its new push-pull CPU platform, which is now officially set to be called Intel On Demand.
The software-defined platform will allow system administrators to pay an additional fee to activate the special purpose accelerators built into the Xeon Scalable’ fourth generation.Sapphire Rapids‘Treatments.
The often-delayed new line of processors is expected to arrive sometime in early 2023, and unlike the consumer-focused Intel Alder Lake family of processors, Rapids caters to data center users that provide services like cloud hosting.
What will the new features enable?
According to a set of updates that are integrated into Linux 5.18, originally reported by Voronex (Opens in a new tab)Intel on Demand will detect the features that are physically present in a given CPU.
The platform will then provide administrators with the opportunity to activate it and enable administrators to rate how often the feature is used, using “counter certificates”, which verifies that features of the licensed enabled devices are being used.
It has been reported that Sapphire Rapids processors will include various acceleration technologies such as Advanced Matrix Extensions (AMX), Dynamic Load Balancer (DLB), Intel Data Streaming Accelerator (DSA), Intel In-Memory Analytics Accelerator (IAA), and Intel QuickAssist Technology (QAT). ) to speed up specific workloads.
Intel has yet to provide any details about the exact pricing and capabilities of the new public platform, but has indicated that it will revolve around artificial intelligence, analytics, networking and storage.
The hardware giant’s move to move toward a pay-as-you-go model comes as the company appears to be stuck in a period of change.
The chip giant has announced a cost-cutting plan set to cut costs by $3 billion in 2023, which it expects to grow to between $8 billion to $10 billion in annual cost reductions by the end of 2025, and may include a “meaningful number of “. The layoffs are part of broader cost-cutting measures.