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Intel Announces Max Series CPU & GPU For High Performance Computing And AI

In advance of Supercomputing ’22 in Dallas, Intel Corporation introduces the Intel Max Series product family with two leading-edge products for high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI), namely, the Intel Xeon CPU Max Series (code-named Sapphire Rapids HBM) and the Intel Data Center GPU Max Series (code-named Ponte Vecchio). The new products will power the upcoming Aurora supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory.

The Intel Xeon Max CPU offers up to 56 performance cores constructed of four tiles and connected using Intel’s embedded multi-die interconnect bridge (EMIB) technology, in a 350-watt envelope. Xeon Max CPUs contain 64GB of high bandwidth in-package memory, as well as PCI Express 5.0 and CXL1.1 I/O. These CPUs will also provide more than 1GB of high bandwidth memory (HBM) capacity per core, enough to fit most common HPC workloads. Max Series CPUs will provide up to 4.8 times better performance compared to the competition on real-world HPC workloads.

 A few features of the Intel Xeon CPU Max Series to put things in perspective.

There is 68 per cent less power usage than an AMD Milan-X cluster for the same HPCG performance. AMX extensions boost AI performance and deliver 8 times peak throughput over AVX-512 for INT8 with INT32 accumulation operations. The CPU allows flexibility to run in different HBM and DDR memory configurations. when it comes to workload benchmarks,

  • Climate modelling: 2.4 times faster than AMD Milan-X on MPAS-A using only HBM.
  • Molecular dynamics: On DeePMD, 2.8 times performance improvement against competing products with DDR memory.

The Intel Max Series GPUs, on the other hand, deliver up to 128 Xe-HPC cores. Additionally, the Max Series GPU features 408MB of L2 cache, the highest in the industry and 64MB of L1 cache to increase throughput and performance. The only HPC/AI GPU with native ray tracing acceleration, designed to speed scientific visualization and animation. In terms of workload benchmarks:

  • Finance: 2.4 times performance gain over NVIDIA’s A100 on Riskfuel credit option pricing.
  • Physics: 1.5 times improvement over A100 for NekRS virtual reactor simulations.

Max Series GPUs will be available in several form factors to address different customer needs –

  • Max Series 1100 GPU: A 300-watt double-wide PCIe card with 56 Xe cores and 48GB of HBM2e memory. Multiple cards can be connected via Intel Xe Link bridges.
  • Max Series 1350 GPU: A 450-watt OAM module with 112 Xe cores and 96GB of HBM.
  • Max Series 1550 GPU: Intel’s maximum performance 600-watt OAM module with 128 Xe cores and 128GB of HBM.

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