Ahead of Intel’s COMPUTEX Opening Keynote on May 28, Intel previewed products that deliver a boost in real-world workload performance, including a sneak peek at the company’s new 10nm mobile processor (code-named “Ice Lake”) and the special edition 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS processor – both shipping this year.
“For every order of magnitude performance potential of a new hardware architecture there are two orders of magnitude performance enabled by software. Intel has more than 15,000 software engineers working to optimize workloads and unlock the performance of Intel processors,” said Raja Koduri, chief architect and senior vice president of Intel Architecture, Software and Graphics.
Below are examples of the performance boost to real-world workloads for this new data-centric era:
Ice Lake providing mobile graphics boost: As unveiled early this month during Intel’s Investor Meeting, the company will begin shipping its first volume 10nm processor, a mobile PC product code-named “Ice Lake.” Intel’s new Gen11 graphics engine in Ice Lake is enabling the industry’s first integrated GPU to incorporate variable rate shading capability by applying variable processing power to different areas of the scene to improve rendering performance. In addition, across a number of popular games, including CS:GO, Rainbow Six Siege* and Total War: Three Kingdoms, Gen 11 graphics are expected to nearly double1 the performance compared with Intel Gen 9 graphics.
Intel is realizing the benefits of heterogeneous computing for both client and data center in current products through its architecture design and I/O innovations. Ice Lake is a new highly-integrated platform for laptops, combining the new “Sunny Cove” core architecture and the new Gen11 graphics architecture with both Thunderbolt 3 and Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) integrated for the first time. This will also be Intel’s first processor designed to enable artificial intelligence (AI) for PC — leading with Intel Deep Learning Boost (DL Boost) on the CPU, as well as AI instructions on the GPU and low power accelerators — to usher in a new era of intelligent performance for PCs. On top of showing Ice Lake accelerating the workloads that people do every day, such as image deblur and stylizing videos, the company also demonstrated how Intel DL Boost can offer up to 8.8 times higher peak AI inference throughput than other comparable products on the market, as measured by AIXPRT.
For data-centric platforms, the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors are the only processors with built-in Intel DL Boost AI accelerators, combining vector neural network instructions and deep learning software optimizations. With Intel DL Boost, 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors accelerate AI inference workloads including image-recognition, object-detection and image-segmentation by up to 14 times when compared with the previous generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor.
Compared with one of the commonly used GPUs in the market now, Intel says that the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors provide up to 2.4 times performance3on a recommendation system, one of the most popular AI workloads in the cloud today that accounts for over 60% of data center inference.
Intel also previewed the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS special edition processor, the first to feature all 8 cores running at a turbo frequency of 5.0 GHz.