Intel Showcases Its Data Center Based GPU Flex Series

Intel in a press release, today announced the data center based GPU Flex lineup which is essentially a rebranding of their previous Artic Sound-M series. 

This series features two GPUs from team blue namely the Flex Series 170 and the Flex Series 140

Intel ​Flex Series GPU is a breakthrough design that uniquely solves today’s computing demand while providing flexibility and scalability for the immersive experiences of tomorrow.

–Jeff McVeigh, Intel vice president and general manager of the Super Compute Group

What Does Intel’s Solution Offer?

Packed with Intel’s signature hardware based AV1 encoder, the media transcode performance is rated at 2x faster than its competitors. In addition to that, it offers a 30% bandwidth improvement for significant total cost of ownership (TCO) savings.

A Key Player in the Cloud Industry

Media processing, AI , cloud gaming, cloud storage will increase massively in the years to come. By 2026, the market segment for visual cloud is projected to grow to reach $15 billion. This increase in demand calls for faster performance. The market currently relies heavily on licensed coding models, like CUDA for GPU programming.

The Flex GPU series aims to fix this problem by improving scalability, efficiency and flexibility. 

A Scalable Software

The software stack being enabled by oneAPI allows programmers to unleash the full power of the equipped hardware. This is achieved with a complete, proven set of tools that work effectively with existing languages and parallel models. 

Intel’s Scalable Software Stack | Intel Intel

The Intel Flex Series will initially offer media processing, delivery and Android cloud gaming solutions. 

Performance Claims

Streaming Department:

  • The Flex Series GPU media architecture focuses on the highest stream density demands for the modern data center without compromising quality:
    • Delivers 5x media transcode throughput, and 2x decode throughput at half the power (Intel Flex Series 140 GPU compared to Nvidia A10).
    • Delivers up to 36 streams 1080p60 transcode throughput per card.
    • Delivers 8 streams with 4K60 transcode throughput per card.
    • When scaled to 10 cards in a 4U server configuration, it can support up to 360 streams of HEVCHEVC 1080p60 transcode throughput.

Cloud Gaming on Android

  • A single Flex Series 170 GPU can achieve up to 68 streams of 720p30 while a single Flex Series 140 GPU can achieve up to 46 streams of 720p30 (measured on select game titles).
  • When scaled with 6 Flex Series 140 GPU cards, it can achieve up to 216 streams of 720p30.

Availability

Solutions offered by Chipzilla will be available from Dell Technologies, HPE, H3C, Inspur, Lenovo, and Supermicro in the upcoming months. Windows cloud gaming is next after Streaming + Android Cloud gaming services.

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