Meeting insatiable computing demand with sustainability as a priority in the next era of data center evolution 

Data centers are power-hungry, accounting for an estimated 2% of global electricity-usage, and this is set to grow exponentially – with the daily use of data set to increase from 44 zettabytes at the start of 2020 to 463 exabytes in 2025. For enterprises, who sit on enormous amounts of data – improving data center sustainability, presents both a challenge and opportunity to minimize environmental footprints, as they intensify efforts to meet net-zero emissions by the year 2050. 

With the introduction of the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor, Intel meets this insatiable demand for compute power with sustainability as a priority in the next era of computing. It is a great example of how Intel is leveraging new innovations in processor design to bring substantial performance, bandwidth and power-saving improvements for HPC. 

In a major evolution of Intel’s data center platform, the 4th Gen Intel Xeon introduces a brand-new micro-architecture to the datacenter and increases a core count of up to 56 cores. With up to 64 gigabytes of high-bandwidth HBM2e memory available and built-in accelerators in the CPU, Intel increases memory bandwidth-bound workloads while delivering significant performance improvements. In tests with the previous generation, we are seeing two- to three-times performance increases across various HPC workloads.   

4th gen Intel Xeon Source: Intel.com

Intel’s next generation Xeon Scalable is a combination of high core count and special-purpose accelerators, something the datacenter world has not seen before at this level. It redefines performance, featuring built-in accelerators to improve performance 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 accelerate specific workloads.  

The new processor brings PCIe Gen 5 support and eight-channel DDR5 memory – a 1.5x bandwidth improvement over the previous DDR4. Other built-in accelerators speed up data movement, encryption, and compression for faster networking and storage, boost query throughput for more responsive analytics, and offload scheduling and queue management to dynamically balance loads across multiple cores.  

“The Intel 4th generation Xeon Scalable processors is a key building block for our latest generation server and storage products including our newly released immersion born CIARA TRIDENT servers.” said Jonathan Ahdoot, President of Hypertec HTS. “This new generation of server and storage solutions will enable us to better address the increasing demand for computing power from our customers in the Financial Services and Media and Entertainment segments while significantly reducing carbon footprint.” 

High Performance While Still Maintaining Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Metrics 

As CPU technology evolves, so does the need for power requirements and reducing heat levels. AI workloads now produce upto 700W in thermal design power levels forcing many data centers to look for ways to cool down or keep heat levels stable. With the increase in thermal design power from Intel’s new processors, high level workloads have jumped from 165W per socket to 270W per socket. However, by making the best use of CPU core resources, Intel’s built-in accelerators result in more efficient utilization and power efficiency advantages, helping businesses achieve their sustainability goals. 

Hypertec also answers the power challenge and resulting energy costs by being on the forefront of immersion cooling technology, eliminating the need for costly air-cooled infrastructure. High performance data centers can now future-proof their operations by reliably cooling upto 100kW per rack. Our focus on Single-Phase Immersion Cooling helps our customers not only reduce energy costs, but also operational expenditures, space savings and environmental impact.  

Single phase vs two phase liquid coolingSource: submer.com

Get more compute for your budget 

Our customers not only get access to customized liquid immersed cooling solutions, but industry first immersive-ready CIARA TRIDENT servers powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors. With sustainability in mind, the CIARA TRIDENT immersion servers offer unprecedented ultra-high density compute performance with up to 288 CPUs per 48U (144 nodes/18,432 cores) and engineered to accommodate any next-gen CPU, GPU and FPGA cards. Also with our turbo-locked features, we guarantee superior performance, without sacrificing reliability or hardware lifespan. It is the first server line in the market purposely built and optimized for single-phase liquid immersion that do not have to be retrofitted to take advantage of immersion cooling benefits. 

 CIARA TRIDENTThe Intel  the CIARA TRIDENT iCX610TR-G6 immersion server is the perfect ultra-high density, scalable system that meets the evolving demands of critical HPC workloads.  It is designed for single-phase immersion cooling technology and provides flexible support for up to 3 hot-swappable dual socket compute nodes in a 1U chassis with up to 4 TB of DDR4-3200 MHz memory per node. Paired with the new Intel Xeon 4th generation processor, data centers can now achieve high performance while maintaining ESG metrics and managing thermal design power.  

 

Hypertec is collaborating with Intel and cooling companies to help customers properly utilize immersion technology in their data centers. By capitalizing on Intel’s Xeon processors, Hypertec is working on new solutions and innovations for data centers producing high amounts of data.  

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