Intel Launches Xeon D-2100 Processor for Edge Computing: IoT Implications

Intel has introduced its new Intel Xeon® D-2100 processor, a system-on-chip processor supporting edge applications, data center or network applications constrained by space and power.

The new processors will help communications service providers offer multi-access edge computing (MEC).

MEC is viewed by many as a way service providers can create a new role in cloud computing, focused at the edge, and supporting local content and real-time information about local-access network conditions.

MEC, in turn, is viewed as a strategic growth area precisely because it supports many internet of things apps. In other words, IoT might well hinge on edge computing.

And many of those apps are expected to arise in the smart transportation or smart cities areas, as well as healthcare and manufacturing, with 60-percent compound annual growth rates.

Notably, the biggest current market for edge computing is North America, the highest growth rates for edge computing are expected to occur in Asia.

That would also be a platform for third party customers who want to reduce both latency across core networks and WAN operating costs as well.

Lead use cases range from connected cars to smart stadiums, retail and medical solutions, where either low latency or high amounts of fresh content need to be supplied, and where traversing core networks is either expensive or latency-inducing.

The Intel Xeon D-2100 processors include up to 18 “Skylake-server” generation Intel Xeon processor cores and integrated Intel® QuickAssist Technology with up to 100 Gbps of built-in cryptography, decryption and encryption acceleration.

The new system on a chip also can play a role in enhancing performance, drawing less power in virtual customer premise equipment used to support virtual private networks.

To be sure, there are other key applications, including storage networks, content delivery networks and enterprise networks.

The new processor also are related to another set of key trends. The entire communications industry now arguably is a tail on an internet dog, and an integral building block of modern computing, which is cloud based at the moment, and increasingly is viewed as transitioning to edge computing (also called fog computing by many).

Decentralized computing, even more than cloud computing, shapes and requires communications facilities.


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