Intel and Google jointly launch E2000 IPU chip

Intel and Google jointly designed a new custom infrastructure processing unit (IPU) chip E2000, code-named "Mount Evans", to reduce data center main CPU load and process data more efficiently and securely Intensive cloud workloads.

The E2000 IPU will be used in Google's new C3 virtual machine (VM), which can be deployed in the public cloud. These virtual machines will use Intel's fourth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors to run workloads, while high-speed packet processing will be handled by the E2000 chip. During packet processing, algorithms are used to help the network identify latency-critical data traffic and prioritize it over other packets. Latency refers to the time it takes for data to travel from source to destination.

"A first in the public cloud, C3 virtual machines will run workloads on 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, while they combine programmable packets of Processing is safely released to the IPU at a line rate of 200Gb/s."

The C3 virtual machine is now available in private preview for Google Cloud customers. Some of these customers, such as Snap Inc, the parent company of Snapchat, say the C3 virtual machine has a 20 percent improvement in performance over the current C2 virtual machine. "This collaboration between Intel and Google enables customers to use more secure, flexible, and performant infrastructure," said Nick McKeown, Intel senior vice president of research and general manager of the Networking and Edge Group. Mckeown also said that Intel could also sell the E2000 chips to other customers.

Cloud infrastructure is becoming more complex and automation can play a key role in effectively managing cloud platforms at scale, Nirav Mehta said. "Custom chips like the Titan, TPU, and IPU pave the way for the not-so-distant future where we'll automate more than half of all infrastructure decisions, dynamically configuring systems based on usage patterns." Google's Tensor Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) are being used for real-time voice search, photo object recognition, and interactive language translation in the cloud. Titan chips are used to protect sensitive data and ensure that each device boots from a trusted state.

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