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As CPU horizons continue to expand, moving into the latter half of 2017, enterprise data centres and the public cloud alike stand to be relied upon even more.
But the muscle end of computing will put ever increasing focus on the ‘edge’, where data is processed at the nearest point to its creation.
Below we look at how this trend, together with advancing technologies are making themselves known in the face of CPUs over the next few months.
Intel look set to remain at the forefront of the server market, but opposition in the form of Xeon-Phi and Nervana are putting pressure on the IT giant, with cutting edge processing and machine learning power.
AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) have come through as a strong competitor, demonstrated in its usage by Dell EMC for their PowerEdge servers, which use AMD’s new EPYC processor engineered specifically for business.
For mobile and embedded devices, expect UK-based ARM Holdings microprocessors to continue to deliver next-generation capabilities across applications in smartphones, tablets and countless other appliances in the Internet of Things.
The need for extra strength processing
A successful processing unit takes in data, operates upon it and then produces results as well as new data. The congestion this can lead to within the processor has been a problem for many years, but this issue is growing because of unprecedented levels of data being created across all industries today.
This climate has given rise to GPGPUs – graphics processing units that are merged with a CPU to promote learning, analytics and engineering applications. Higher education institutions, SMEs, government bodies and other organisations around the world are placing further reliance on this technology to power more eco-efficient data centres that provide the foundations to cutting-edge research in science and technology.
IT leaders, Dell EMC recently partnered with NVIDIA to deliver GPU-accelerated solutions to over-burdened data centres, bringing new strength to data analytics and artificial intelligence developments.
The Jūlich Supercomputing Centre is collaborating with Dell EMC and Intel to help power the European Union’s DEEP and DEEP-ER research projects, while NASA also relies on hundreds of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, illustrating how Dell EMC technologies continue to be chosen by the world’s top research institutions.
When it comes to selecting the right CPU, business decisions will be governed by the economics of public, hybrid or cloud solutions. Dell’s EPYC processor is a timely response, enabling digital transformation through “cloud, mobility, IoT, virtualisation and software-defined deployments.”
Appreciating that demands on CPU technology are growing in line with the modern world’s data explosion, Dell PowerEdge servers offer configuration flexibility to deal effectively with present and future workloads.