The new Intel Xeon will be able to include additional
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The new Intel Xeon will be able to include additional features for a fee – a tool for this will appear shortly in Linux

Full support for the Intel Software Defined Silicon (SDSi) mechanism will appear in the Linux operating system family. The technology is designed for future Intel Xeon processors and allows you to enable additional features of the processor after it is installed in the server. As informed portal Phoronixsupport SDSi will appear with the release of the Linux 5.18 update.

Image source: Intel

Image source: Intel

The principle of operation of Intel Software Defined Silicon (SDSi) is that in the future, after purchasing a Xeon processor of a certain model, the user has the opportunity, if necessary, to unlock advanced functions that are usually inherent in higher-class chips , at an additional cost.

At the moment there are no details about SDSi. However, the mechanism can be both about unlocking hardware features, such as increasing the processor cache, increasing the operating frequency, the number of active cores or the amount of memory supported, and software features, such as enabling special acceleration algorithms designed for new workloads , or connecting additional instruction sets.

It is assumed that the first Intel processors to receive support for the Software Defined Silicon mechanism will be the upcoming servers Xeon Scalable 4th Generation (Sapphire Rapids). Intel has started issuing patches for Linux that add support for SDSi, more since September last year. According to the source, full support for the feature will come with the release of Linux update 5.18, which is expected this spring.

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