FAQ About 3rd Gen Intel Scalable Processors (Ice Lake)
What is Intel Ice Lake SP?
Intel Ice Lake Scalable Processors (SP) is the latest generation of Intel’s Xeon Scalable line.
One of the most important elements of Intel Ice Lake SP is the 10nm processes which allow for Intel to increase its core count per processor primarily and work on improving the secondary elements of the processor.
How does the Intel Ice Lake SP compare to AMD EPYC?
Intel’s release of Ice Lake SP was one of the main factors that have taken Intel back in the fight with AMD EPYC. Both Intel Ice Lake and AMD Epyc processors are similar in nature. While AMD EPYC has some advantages, such as cost, Intel is now firmly like-for-like in general elements. Which processor is better depends heavily on the use case.
Will Intel Ice Lake SP help me in the hosting and cloud space?
Like a lot of datacenter workloads, hosting and cloud environments can be quite bursty in terms of performance needs. Ice Lake SP made a lot of headway when it came to I/O limits as well as memory bandwidth. Intel, based on their own description, made the processor wider and deeper in order to deal with larger structures so that you are not limited by memory. They further say that they made enhancements to the translation buffers and as such, memory blocking time improves.
What is the improvement with Intel Ice Lake SP?
In general, performance increases equate to over 10% and under 40% compared to previous generations, depending on what you are looking at. With the high memory bandwidth, performance increases at the encryption and cryptography level, depending on your use case. With Intel Ice Lake SP you can now use up to eight memory controllers vs six from the prior generation.