Intel Announces Release of 'Cascade Lake' Xeon Processors Optimized for AI, Data

On April 2 Intel announced the launch of its second generation of Xeon CPUs, codenamed "Cascade Lake."

The chips were originally announced last year. They feature Intel Deep Learning Boost, designed to support artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning workloads, and offer "significant" processing speed boosts on the embedded level.

The chips also support Optane DC persistent memory (DCPM), what Intel is calling a "new class of memory and technology" that is specifically architected for data. The architecture improves latency issues by moving data "closer to the processor," as well as vastly increasing memory capabilities and allowing data to be stored persistently (a.k.a. during reboots). DCPM also supports in-memory analytics.

The newly released chips now support DCPM via Double Data Rate (DDR) slots, versus the previous Serial ATA connectors in earlier versions, further speeding up interactions with the data.

Cascade Lake chips support up to 56 cores (previously it was announced that it would support 48 cores).

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