Intel officially released the data center GPU Flex series

Intel announced the launch of the data center GPU Flex series to accelerate intelligent vision cloud applications, provide better media transcoding throughput performance and support up to 68 real-time cloud game streams. 

Intel says the Flex family of GPUs can meet requirements in terms of image quality, deployment density and latency. Based on the integrated AV1 encoder , the Flex series data center GPUs can provide better media transcoding and decoding throughput performance. It also achieved a bandwidth increase of over 30% , reducing the total cost of ownership. At the software level, it supports a wide range of mainstream media tools, APIs, frameworks and the latest codecs.

Based on Intel's Xe -HPG microarchitecture and supported by a wide range of hardware vendors and software developers in the ecosystem, the Intel data center GPU Flex family can work for AI inference in scenarios such as media analytics, smart cities, medical imaging, and more Loads provide the ability to flexibly scale between CPUs and GPUs.

Intel's data center GPU Flex series will first provide media processing and transmission and Android cloud gaming-related capabilities. 

In terms of media processing and transport, the media architecture of the Flex series GPUs includes four X e media engines focused on meeting the demands of modern data centers for high-density video streaming:

  1. A single card can support 1080p60 transcoding throughput of up to 36 video streams.
  2. A single card can support 4K60 transcoding throughput of 8 video streams.
  3. When expanded to a 10-card configuration in a 4U server, it can support HEVC-HEVC 1080p60 transcoding throughput of up to 360 video streams.
  4. The Flex Series GPU's hardware-based open-source AV1 encoder saves more than 30% in bandwidth. The media engine of the Flex series GPUs also supports and improves the performance of widely used codecs in the industry including HEVC, AVC and VP9.
  5. Using the Intel Deep Link super encoding function, the Intel Data Center GPU Flex Series 140 can be equipped with two sets of encoding and decoding devices on a single card, which can meet the industry's "one-second latency" requirement, while providing 8K60 real-time transcoding. This feature works with AV1 and HEVC HDR formats.
In terms of Android cloud gaming, Intel claims that the Flex series GPU can bring a smooth gaming experience on various devices, which has been verified in nearly 90 popular Google Play Android games.
  1. A single Flex Series 170 GPU can support up to 68 streams of 720p30, while a single Flex Series 140 GPU can support up to 46 streams of 720p30 (based on game-specific test results).
  2. When expanded with six Flex Series 140 GPUs, it can support up to 216 streams of 720p30 data. 
Intel noted that global system providers including Dell Technologies, HPE, H3C, Inspur, Lenovo and Supermicro will launch systems with Flex series GPUs . Solutions featuring Flex series GPUs will be available in the coming months, starting with media streaming and Android cloud gaming workloads. Systems and solutions for Windows cloud gaming, artificial intelligence and virtual desktop infrastructure workloads will follow.

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