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posted by CoolHand on Tuesday February 28 2017, @02:43PM   Printer-friendly
from the natural-beauty-in-clouds-and-skylakes dept.

https://www.hpcwire.com/2017/02/27/google-gets-first-dibs-new-skylake-chips/

As part of an ongoing effort to differentiate its public cloud services, Google made good this week on its intention to bring custom Xeon Skylake chips from Intel Corp. to its Google Compute Engine. The cloud provider is the first to offer the next-gen Xeons, and is getting access ahead of traditional server-makers like Dell and HPE.

Google announced plans to incorporate the next-generation Intel server chips into its public could last November. On Friday (Feb. 24), Urs Hölzle, Google's senior vice president for cloud infrastructure, said the Skylake upgrade would deliver a significant performance boost for demanding applications and workloads ranging from genomic research to machine learning.

The cloud vendor noted that Skylake includes Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX-512) that target workloads such as data analytics, engineering simulations and scientific modeling. When compared to previous generations, the Skylake extensions are touted as doubling floating-point performance "for the heaviest calculations," Hölzle noted in a blog post.


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Unixnut on Tuesday February 28 2017, @05:23PM

    by Unixnut (5779) on Tuesday February 28 2017, @05:23PM (#472886)

    "As part of an ongoing effort to differentiate its public cloud services, Google made good this week on its intention to bring custom Xeon Skylake chips from Intel Corp. to its Google Compute Engine. The cloud provider is the first to offer the next-gen Xeons, and is getting access ahead of traditional server-makers like Dell and HPE."

    It isn't uncommon. The financial sector (especially High freq trading and hedge funds) will usually pay above the odds for pre-release hardware. The "big consumer pc" companies get it last, when the bugs are ironed out and prices dropped down to something not mind bendingly expensive.

    Once when I bought an older gen Intel from a financial company that was liquidating old stock, the CPU didn't have a model number/name or anything else burnt in. It showed up on the boot screen as "Unknown Intel" "Unknown Model 4.2GHz". Most likely back then, the company paid a high price to Intel to get a CPU so new it didn't even have an official model number baked into its silicon yet.

    Likewise had the privilege of using 10 Core Intel CPUs that weren't yet released to the public (I think it was back in 2014) in a HPC setup for a finance company. Had to sign a NDA saying that until released to the public, I could not talk about it the CPU at all, nor disclose any performance specs/metrics.

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