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Intel Xeon Gold (Skylake) Server At OCP Summit

This is a very strange time indeed. Via Intel Product Change Notification PCN115363-00 we now have a list of Intel Xeon Platinum and Gold series models. The reason this is a little strange is because, depending on who you are in the market, the Skylake Xeon series has been out for some time. On the other hand, we do not expect general availability until late in Q3 2017.e3-1280 v2

We recently covered the launch of the first Intel Xeon Gold Processor 61xx Series System Launched; CPUs Q3 2017 some time ago. Also, Intel has announced it has been shipping Skylake Xeons though its early access program.

Project Olympus Motherboard DIMM Slots Blacked Out

Microsoft has been showing off Project Olympus Skylake Xeon systems since 2016. We have had block diagrams of the new systems available for several quarters.

Project Olympus Motherboard Block Diagram P 3

You can already get on them using the Google Cloud Platform.

Intel Xeon Platinum Series Models

SKU Name Base Frequency (GHz) Product #
Xeon Platinum 8180M 2.5 CD8067303192101
Xeon Platinum 8180 2.1 CD8067303314400
Xeon Platinum 8176M 2.1 CD8067303133605
Xeon Platinum 8176 2.1 CD8067303314700
Xeon Platinum 8170M 2.1 CD8067303319201
Xeon Platinum 8170 2.1 CD8067303327601
Xeon Platinum 8168 2.7 CD8067303327701
Xeon Platinum 8164 2.0 CD8067303408800
Xeon Platinum 8160T 2.1 CD8067303592800
Xeon Platinum 8160M 2.1 CD8067303406600
Xeon Platinum 8160 2.1 CD8067303405600
Xeon Platinum 8158 3.0 CD8067303406500
Xeon Platinum 8156 3.6 CD8067303368800
Xeon Platinum 8153 2.0 CD8067303408900

Intel Xeon Gold Series Models

SKU Name Base Frequency (GHz) Product #
Xeon Gold 6154 3.0 CD8067303592700
Xeon Gold 6152 2.1 CD8067303406000
Xeon Gold 6150 2.7 CD8067303328000
Xeon Gold 6148 2.4 CD8067303406200
Xeon Gold 6142M 2.6 CD8067303405700
Xeon Gold 6142 2.6 CD8067303405400
Xeon Gold 6140M 2.3 CD8067303405500
Xeon Gold 6140 2.3 CD8067303405200
Xeon Gold 6138T 2.0 CD8067303592900
Xeon Gold 6138 2.0 CD8067303406100
Xeon Gold 6136 3.0 CD8067303405800
Xeon Gold 6134M 3.2 CD8067303330402
Xeon Gold 6134 3.2 CD8067303330302
Xeon Gold 6132 2.6 CD8067303592500
Xeon Gold 6130T 2.1 CD8067303593000
Xeon Gold 6130 2.1 CD8067303409000
Xeon Gold 6128 3.4 CD8067303592600
Xeon Gold 6126T 2.6 CD8067303593100
Xeon Gold 6126 2.6 CD8067303405900
Xeon Gold 5122 3.6 CD8067303330702

We do expect to see product differentiation based on the level. For example, we can see a case where new Xeons will have the ability to support Optane DIMMs only on some models. We also expect that there will be differentiation based on the number of sockets supported, much like there is today.

Feedback We Are Hearing

We have received a lot of feedback in the market during this transition.

First, the new naming conventions are very confusing to customers who have been trained on buying a specific model. E.g. We bought E5-2650 V1, then V2, then V3 now V4. There is an entire re-education process that will have to take place.

Second, we expect the transition away from the E5 branding to also mean that we will see stricter feature differentiation, much like we are seeing with Denverton/ Intel Atom C3000 series chips. Whereas today you can use an Intel Xeon E5-2620 V4 and an Intel Xeon E5-2699 V4 in the same socket (system cooling/ TDP limitations aside) and have essentially the same feature set, we do not expect that to be the case with the Intel Xeon Platinum and Gold series given the company’s direction on other product lines.

Third, it is not a secret that the whole early access program has moved away from just hyper-scale players and into enterprise-level buyers.

Finally, this is just about the longest product launch in computing history. There are paper launches where the product is announced then available many weeks, months, quarters later. This is the opposite. Intel has essentially already launched the Intel Xeon Platinum and Gold series to any decent size customer. We are still awaiting the product announcement.

Expect more of these publications of changes to “unreleased” product as time continues. Intel is supporting an essentially launched product while still denying public availability.



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