Intel will add additional features to Xeon Sapphire Rapids chips

Intel will add additional features to Xeon Sapphire Rapids chips for an additional fee

Intel has officially introduced the program Intel On Demand, which allows you to enable some features for an additional fee on Xeon Scalable Sapphire Rapids family processors. It helps the manufacturer reduce the number of items in the range and customers can upgrade their machines without installing new equipment.

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The upcoming Intel Xeon Scalable Sapphire Rapids processors come with a variety of special accelerators and security technologies that may not be required by all customers. In order to save most buyers money, Intel is willing to offer them processors with a number of disabled features that can later be enabled if needed – these features are implemented through Software Defined Silicon (SDSi) technology.

Additional capabilities include extensions to Software Guard, Dynamic Load Balancer (DLB), Intel Data Streaming Accelerator (DSA), Intel In-Memory Analytics Accelerator (IAA), and Intel QuickAssist Technology (QAT). These solutions are designed for different types of workloads and very few customers will need them at the same time. However, they may become necessary with data center scaling, and this is where the On-Demand program helps to solve the problem without affecting the hardware.

Intel hasn’t indicated how much it will cost to enable certain features all at once, or what the fee will be to enable them “as a service.” However, it is already known that the company’s largest partners, including H3C, HPE, Inspur, Lenovo, Supermicro, PhoenixNAP and Variscale, will participate in the on-demand program.


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