Intel Solutions and Technologies for the Evolving Data Center

 

One Stop for Optimizing Your Data Center

From AI to Big Data to HPC: End-to-end Solutions

Whether your data center is data- or compute-intensive and whether it serves cloud, high-performance computing, enterprise, storage, networking, or big data analytics, we have solutions and technologies to make your life easier. 

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Data center managers, integrators, and developers can now optimize the entire stack to run faster and more efficiently on Intel® architecture. The Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Xeon Phi™ product family paired with Intel® Solid State Drives and NVMe* storage provide a strong foundation. Intel is committed to a standardized, shared platform for virtualization including SDN/NFV (networking), while providing hardware-based security and manageability for now and in the future.

But Intel is more than a hardware innovator. Regardless of your challenges, Intel provides optimized industry SDKs, libraries, and tuning tools. And these tools are supplemented by expert-provided training plus documentation including code samples, configuration guides, walk-throughs, use cases, and support forums.
 

 

AI: MACHINE LEARNING AND DEEP LEARNING

Intel supports rapid innovation in artificial intelligence focusing on community, tools, and training. Starting with the Intel® Nervana™ AI Academy, this section of the Intel® Software Developer Zone drills down into to computational machine learning and deep learning, with extensive Intel-optimized libraries and frameworks along with documentation and tutorials.

The Deep Learning Training Tool Beta helps you easily develop and train deep learning solutions using your own hardware. It can ease your data preparation, as well as design and train models using automated experiments and advanced visualizations.

Tools available include:
BigDL open source distributed library for Apache Spark*
Intel® Distribution for Python*
Deep Learning Webinar

 

MODERN CODE

You’ve no doubt heard of recent hardware innovations of the Intel® Many Integrated Core Architecture (Intel® MIC) including the multilevel extreme parallelism, vectorization and threading of the Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Xeon Phi™ product family. Plus, there are larger caches, new SIMD extensions, new memory and file architectures and hardware enforced security of select data and application code via Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX).

But they all require code and tool changes to get the most from the data center. To address this, Intel provides training and tools to quickly and easily optimize code for new technologies.

Extensive free training on code improvements and parallel programming is available online and by workshops and events.

Tools available include:
Intel® Parallel Studio XE (vectorization advisor and MPI profiling)
Intel® Advisor (vectorization optimization and threading design tool)
Intel® C/C++ Compilers and Intel® Fortran Compilers
Intel® VTune™ Amplifier XE (performance analysis of multiple CPUs and FPUs)
Application Performance Snapshot Tool

 

BIG DATA ANALYTICS

When handling huge volumes of data, Intel can help you provide faster, easier and more insightful big data analytics using open software platforms, libraries, developer kits and tools that take advantage of the Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi product family’s extreme parallelism and vectorization. Fully integrated with popular platforms (Apache* Hadoop*, Spark*,R, Matlab* Java*, and NoSQL), Intel optimizations have been well-tested and benchmarked.

Extensive documentation is available on how real-life developers are using Intel hardware, software, and tools to effectively store, manage, process, and analyze data.

The Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel® DAAL) provides highly-optimized algorithmic building blocks and can be paired with the Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL) containing optimized threaded and vectorized functions.

 

HIGH-PERFORMANCE STORAGE

Intel is at the cutting edge of Storage not only with Intel® SSDs and NVMe but by working with the open source community to optimize and secure the infrastructure. Training is available at Intel® Storage Builders University.


Major tools available include:
Intel® Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library (Intel® ISA-L)
Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK)
Intel® QuickAssist Technology
Intel® VTune™ Amplifier
Storage Performance Snapshot
Intel® Cache Acceleration Software (Intel® CAS)

 

SDN/NFV NETWORKING

Besides providing a standardized open platform ideal for SDN/NFV (virtualized networking) and the unique hardware capabilities in Intel’s network controllers, Intel has provided extensive additions to, and testing of, the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) and training through Intel® Network Builders University. Check out the thriving community of developers and subscribe to the 'Out of the Box' Network Developers Newsletter.

   

HPC AND CLUSTER

If you run visualization or other massive parallelism applications, you know the advantages of using the Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi product family with MCDRAM and associated NUMA/Memory/Cache Modes, wide vector units and up to 68 cores. While the Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF) and Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA) focus on performance, balance and scalability, Intel is working with research and production HPC and clusters to support integration with all the major stacks as well as developing code and tools to optimize and simplify the work.

The Intel® HPC Orchestrator provides a modular integrated validated stack including the Lustre* parallel file system. It is supplemented by critical tools for cluster optimization:

Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector which quickly finds MPI bottlenecks
Intel® MPI Library and docs to improve implementation of MPI 3.1 on multiple fabrics
MPI Performance Snapshot to help with performance tuning.
Intel® VTune™ Amplifier XE for performance analysis of multiple CPUs, FPUs and NUMA

 

 

Conclusion

Regardless of your job title and data center activities, Intel helps streamline and optimize your work to gain a competitive edge with end-to-end solutions, from high-performance hardware to new technologies, optimizations, tools and training. See what resources Intel provides to optimize and speed up your development now and remain competitive in the industry.

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