Intel dishes new details on its Arctic Sound-M GPUs – and there’s plenty to like

Intel has offered new details about its new data center lineup GPUscodenamed Arctic Sound-M (ATS-M), first announced in February.

To Intel Vision 2022, the company revealed that there will be two ATS-M variants; a 150 W card for maximum performance and a 75 W card for maximum density.

Based on Intel’s Xe-HPG microarchitecture (the same that underpins the firm’s Arc chips), the new server The GPUs feature 4 Xe Media Engines, up to 32 Xe cores and an integrated AI accelerator. The company remains tight-lipped on the rest of the specification.

Arctic Sound-M for Visual Cloud

Intel’s new data center GPUs are designed specifically for visual clouda collection of workloads and use cases that seek to deliver high pixel count for purposes ranging from cloud gaming to virtual office AI infrastructure and inference.

During day one, the lineup was characterized by Raja Koduri, the mastermind behind Intel’s GPU efforts, as “a multimedia supercomputer on a single chip.”

According to Koduri, the Arctic Sound-M chips are capable of handling more than 30 Full HD video streams, 40 cloud gaming streams and 62 virtual desktops, and achieve up to 150 trillion AI operations per second.


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Presumably, the new data center boards will also work synergistically with other Intel silicon, delivering performance benefits not available with mixed configurations thanks to Intel’s Deep Link technology suite.

The company’s new Arc client cards, for example, can dynamically transfer power between the GPU and CPU, depending on the demands of the specific workload.

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Intel was also keen to highlight the importance of the open software stack supporting Arctic Sound-M, based on oneAPI standards, which should make it easy for developers to build for the platform.

The new data center cards are expected to launch inside servers from fifteen vendors – including Dell, Supermicro and HPE – in Q3 2022.

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