Intel has launched its first discrete graphics processing unit (GPU) for the data centre, Intel Server GPU, which is based on the Xe-LP architecture and is designed specifically for high-density, low-latency Android cloud gaming and media streaming.

According to Intel, the launch of this powerful GPU is part of its Xe strategy. With the exponential growth of data, Intel said CPUs require a shift in focus to a mix of architectures across CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and other accelerators. Intel describes this as its “XPU” vision.

“We’re on a adventure from CPU to XPU,” Intel senior vice chairman and leader architect and common supervisor of Intel structure, graphics, and tool Raja Koduri informed media.

“Our CPU structure has constructed Intel and it additionally performed its section to allow all the global of computing, however we all know the workloads have advanced and we’re striving for mastery over further XPU architectures which can be tremendous environment friendly for graphics, media, and AI, reminiscence, safety, and networking.”

Koduri stated the release of the Intel Server GPU is every other step in extending Intel’s providing all over the XPU technology.

Furthermore, Raja Koduri, Intel SVP, chief architect, and GM of Intel architecture, graphics, and software, said during a media pre-briefing, “We now live in a time where software is running the world. And we (Intel) are going through a massive culture and mindset change in order to shift to a ‘software first’ approach to hardware architecture and design. Today, you will see the first fruits of our CPU-to-XPU and software-first initiatives in product form.

The Intel Server GPU is based on Xe-LP architecture and offers a low-power, discrete system-on-chip design, with a 128-bit wide pipeline, and 8GB of onboard low-power DDR4 memory.

Lynn Comp, Intel’s data platforms group vice president and general manager of its visual infrastructure division and NPG strategy, told media that packaging together four Intel Server GPUs onto a three-quarter-length, full-height x16 PCIe Gen 3.0 add-in card means the new hardware will be able to support more than 100 simultaneous Android cloud gaming users in a typical two-card system and up to 160 simultaneous users, depending on the specific game title and server configuration.

Intel said it is also working with various software and services partners, including Gamestream, Tencent Games, and Ubitus to bring the Intel Server GPU to market.

“By using Intel Server GPUs alongside Intel Xeon Scalable processors, service providers can scale graphics capacity separately from the server count, supporting larger numbers of streams and subscribers per system,” Intel said.

The Xe-LP-based Intel Server GPU is now shipping.

Intel also provided an update on its oneAPI toolkits. First announced at SuperComputing 2019, the oneAPI industry initiative is Intel’s vision for a “unified and simplified cross-architecture programming model that delivers uncompromised performance without proprietary lock-in while enabling the integration of legacy code”.

Intel said with oneAPI, developers could choose the best architecture for the specific problem they are trying to solve without needing to rewrite software for the next architecture and platform.

The company said the gold release of Intel oneAPI toolkits would start shipping in December, as well as be available for free, locally, and in the Intel DevCloud, along with commercial versions that include worldwide support from Intel technical consulting engineers.

Intel said it would also immediately transition Intel Parallel Studio XE and Intel System Studio tool suites to its oneAPI products.

“Today is a key moment in our ambitious oneAPI and XPU journey,” Koduri added.

“With the gold release of our oneAPI toolkits, we have extended the developer experience from familiar CPU programming libraries and tools to include our vector-matrix-spatial architectures.” Intel also said oneAPI will be available in December including being freely available on Intel’s Developer Cloud for use with Intel hardware including select versions of the Xe.

Above all, according to Comp “Intel have many software and services partners launching its solution, including Tencent games which is introducing their new Android cloud gaming service.” While its not especially HPC-oriented it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see these cards put to varied use by inventive users.

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