Technology is constantly changing our world, disrupting the lives of both industries and individuals. With the rise of new technologies and data-driven services, people and devices that consume and generate data are growing exponentially, from smartphones to IoT-enabled industrial equipment to autonomous cars. This rapid growth of data requires advanced intelligence closer to the endpoints that are both generating and consuming data. To capture and accelerate this opportunity, the powerful data processing and analytics capabilities that have traditionally lived in the heart of the data center must be strategically placed closer-and-closer to the data generating and consuming endpoints, at the “edge”. By expanding the powerful capabilities of the data center outward, service and network providers can deliver more powerful services, reduce application latency by processing more data closer to the edge, and optimize TCO.
Industries and Customers Use the Edge Differently
The Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor delivers the ultimate performance to support the largest variety of high-demand applications and services, from the data center core to the edge. As the needs of the edge become more complex and varied, some services and applications will require a different balance of performance, power consumption, and size. The new Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor brings the advanced intelligence of the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor architecture into an optimized, dense, lower-power system-on-a-chip (SoC) form factor for environments constrained by space and power. And at the outermost edge, the Intel Atom® processor C3000 delivers data center-class capabilities to purpose-built edge use cases requiring small physical size, very low power, and operating in extreme temperatures.
Along all points, from the data center core, to the edge, to the endpoint device, Intel offers a portfolio of products with advanced data center intelligence to build and accelerate data-driven services and solutions.
Introducing the new Intel® Xeon® D-2100 Processor
The new Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor delivers Intel’s most transformative and ground-breaking data center processor architecture in a form factor optimized for flexible, scalable, high-density network, storage, and cloud edge solutions. It brings the architectural innovations of the Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform to a system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor for lower-power, high-density solutions, integrating essential network, security, and acceleration capabilities. A software-programmable platform featuring robust virtualization support, with low latency, high-bandwidth capabilities through a flexible design, for a variety of solution and service deployments in space and power constrained environments. Design innovation delivers seamless solution scalability from the data center to the network edge.
Designed and manufactured with Intel® Mesh Architecture and using Intel’s industry-leading 14nm silicon process technology, the Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor is the first offering of a line of processors that will address a broad range of lower-power, high-density edge computing needs.
With a range of 4 to 18 cores, up-to 512 GB of addressable memory, this system-on-a-chip (SoC) has an integrated Platform Controller Hub (PCH), integrated high-speed I/O, up-to four integrated 10 Gigabit Intel® Ethernet ports, and a thermal design point (TDP) of 60 watts to 110 watts. It can run the same instruction set as more robust Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors to provide software consistency and scale from the data center to the edge. It also provides advanced server-class capabilities, including:
- New Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) delivers workload-optimized performance and throughput increases for advanced analytics, compute-intensive applications, cryptography, and data compression.
- Enhanced Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT), available as an integrated option, delivers chipset-based hardware acceleration, up-to 100 Gbps, for growing cryptography, encryption, and decryption workloads for greater efficiency while delivering enhanced transport and protection across server, storage, and network infrastructure.
- Built-In Hardware Virtualization using Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) to enable dynamic provisioning of services as communication service providers extend network functions virtualization (NFV) to the network edge.
- x86 64-bit Software Support for scalable performance and broad application compatibility.
- Enhanced Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) features, including support for error-correcting code (ECC) memory and platform-level error management and resilience.
- Platform Storage Extensions to enable smarter and more cost-effective storage solutions through integrated technologies that accelerate data movement, protect data, and simplify data management.
- Fast Encryption and Decryption Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) accelerates data encryption and decryption for secure websites.
For more information,1 2 3 4 view a full comparison between the Intel® Xeon® D-2187NT processor, D-1553N processor Network Series and the D-1567 processor.
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Network Transformation at the Edge
As network traffic volume and complexity increases, operators must both optimize their infrastructure and increase value-added services to drive revenue. This requires more compute capability at all points of the network including the edge. These highly scalable, compact, and energy-efficient SoCs are an ideal solution for equipment makers seeking the best performance per watt when edge computing is constrained by operational space and lower-power requirements.
The diverse requirements of 5G
Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC)
Growing data capacity and performance to serve endpoint growth
Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor-based platforms enable Communication Service Providers to bring Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) next generation, low latency, and high-bandwidth applications to end users in power and space efficient commercial off the shelf servers with advanced analytics. Communications Service Providers will be able to scale and deploy these applications and analytics either at the edge, core or cloud to optimize business agility and efficiency. Enhanced memory support and enhanced I/O deliver more capacity and faster processing. New Intel® Advanced Vector Extension 512 (Intel® AVX-512) and enhanced Intel® QuickAssist Technology enable faster data transfer, faster encryption, and cryptography processing. End users will be able to benefit from a much richer user experience, like Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality and Autonomous Driving, today on the path to the upcoming 5G world thanks to the increased capacity, enhanced, security and performance delivered by the Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor.
Customer Premise Equipment (CPE)
Enhanced capabilities and capacity for space-constrained vCPE solutions
Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor-based platforms enable Communications Service Providers to bring intelligent services to the network edge by reducing the total cost of ownership for enterprises to establish next-generation branch office Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) applications, in power and space efficient commercial off-the-shelf servers. Enhanced memory support and enhanced Intel® QuickAssist Technology deliver greater application scale combined with faster cryptography processing. With enhanced I/O and higher core count, Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor offers increased implementation flexibility supporting more virtualized network functions (NFVi). Communications Service Providers can choose which Intel® Architecture based-processor (Intel Atom® processor C3000, Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor, Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor) meets the performance, space efficiency requirement based on the number of end users (from 10s to 1000s) and size of each enterprise’s branch office.
Supporting Endpoint Demand at the Cloud Service Edge
As the number of endpoints increase, cloud services must optimize their infrastructure and increase capacity to support service quality and drive revenue. This requires more compute capability positioned closer to the endpoints at the edge. These highly scalable, compact, and energy-efficient SoCs are an ideal solution for specialty cloud services such as web-tier and content distribution seeking the best performance per watt when strategically placing service resources closer to the endpoints.
The increasing demands of endpoint growth
Intelligent Foundation for Cloud Warm Storage
Enhanced capabilities and capacity for cloud warm storage scale-out
The Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor provides an intelligent, highly reliable foundation for large-capacity warm storage solutions in cloud environments. Powerful reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features support error-correcting code (ECC) as well as memory and platform-level error management and resilience. Because the processors have built-in hardware virtualization technology and lower-power versions ranging from around 60 to 110 watts, cloud service providers can pack more storage and performance into each rack, improving performance and availability within the same footprint and reducing total cost of ownership. Intel® SSD Data Center Family for NVMe* delivers fully featured line of solid-state drives to accelerate changes in cloud storage infrastructure and compliment the Intel® Xeon® D-2100 platform.
Specialty Cloud Services with Web-Tier to Edge
Enhancing service scalability for the increasing requirements of content-rich, low-latency, dense data endpoints
The Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor provides an intelligent, highly reliable foundation for dense cloud content edge services. Delivers a feature-rich platform to drive a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for specialty, service-optimized solutions such as web-tier and content delivery cloud edge solutions. Additional cores and threads combined with lower TDP requirements deliver more compute per rack with improved performance/watt. New Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) and enhanced Intel® QuickAssist Technology deliver enhanced integrations for faster data transfers, faster encryption and faster cryptography processing, enhancing service scalability for the increasing requirements of content-rich, low-latency, data dense cloud edge services.