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10nm Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to Power Oracle’s Next-Gen HPC Cloud

oracle swan 2x1 1Intel and Oracle will deploy the next generation of cloud-based, high performance computing (HPC) instances within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure leveraging the computing performance of 10nm Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (code-named “Ice Lake”). These new cloud instances will provide customers optimal price-performance characteristics per core for traditional HPC workloads. At Oracle Live 2020, Oracle unveiled its latest cloud infrastructure roadmap and highlighted the cloud-based breakthroughs the two companies deliver to customers today.

Oracle Live Video: Breakthroughs in Cloud Infrastructure and HPC

Oracle’s X9 Generation cloud instance is targeted at computationally intensive workloads such as crash simulations, seismic analysis for oil and gas exploration, and electronic design automation. Leveraging 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and other improvements in Oracle’s new X9 Generation instance, performance gains could be up to 30% higher on certain workloads compared with the existing X7 Generation instances.

With availability expected in early 2021, the new X9 Generation HPC cloud instance will provide customers with local NVM Express storage for fast message passing interface (MPI) checkpointing and the ability to run workloads across thousands of cores using cluster network with latencies of under 1.5 microseconds. The X9 Generation cloud instance supports both bare-metal and virtual machines.

At Oracle Live 2020, Intel CEO Bob Swan joined Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, to unveil the two companies’ latest breakthrough innovations in the areas of cloud-based infrastructure and HPC. The executives discussed how harnessing the performance of Intel Xeon Scalable processors within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can enable customers to analyze data and solve complex computing problems faster. Companies today are migrating their on-premises HPC workloads to Intel-based Oracle Cloud infrastructure to accelerate the design and testing of complex systems.

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Today’s news is an extension of Intel and Oracle’s long history of innovation and collaboration that goes back more than 25 years. The two companies collaborate at every layer of hardware and software development to create innovative, scalable and secure enterprise-class solutions for customers. At Oracle OpenWorld 2019, Oracle announced the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8M, which harnesses the high capacity of Intel® Optane™ persistent memory to reduce IO latency by up to 10 times and improve performance by up to 2.5 times in the Oracle Exadata X8M.

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