Phones, laptops, PCs let you get online. But once there, a ‘server’ is what you connect with to get anything meaningful done. And the company that makes over 90% of online servers just upgraded their latest batch to be more powerful and energy efficient than ever before.
The similarities between a waiter and server
Just like a waiter in a restaurant, who takes your order, passes it onto the kitchen, and returns with your meal, there’s an innumerable network of machines behind-the-scenes of the Internet doing just that. Accepting your commands through connected gadgets, processing or retrieving the desired result, and ultimately letting you know about it.
These digital servers are the reason you can do anything on the Internet. From sending or receiving email, posting a Facebook message, watching a Youtube video, streaming the latest episode of Game Of Thrones on Hotstar, even looking up a website on your browser. It’s all thanks to always-on Internet servers. Without them, the Internet simply wouldn’t function.
A server isn’t unlike a desktop PC — it’s largely the same, actually. But it’s specially made to always remain on, connect to hundreds of thousands of devices, constantly perform tasks with next to no idle time. Google’s servers contain a large database of online websites and snippets of information they contain — you connect to them via google.com to browse the Web. Similarly, Facebook’s servers contains all the public and private Facebook data of every account on facebook.com — every update, picture, meme, video and emoji you see there. There are servers that power critical infrastructure like the world’s stock exchanges, financial institutions and banks, the airlines industry, global telecommunications, television and broadcast, and lots more.
Now imagine these servers, powered by Intel, not only get more efficient at their task but also a lot more powerful? Now that’s a shot in the arm that the Internet deserves and needs, making sure the online services we all use and depend on become that much more faster, reliable and secure.
So what’s special about these new Intel servers?
Xeon — which is Intel’s server brand — servers are powered by processors that are bigger and more heavy duty than Intel’s laptop or PC chips. And the new Xeon Scalable processors are at least 1.6 times than Intel’s previous batch of server chips released over two years ago. The most high performing chip from the current lineup, the Platinum Xeon Scalable processor, has up to 28 cores, operates at very high frequency, with access to unfettered memory bandwidth and storage utilities. That’s performance several times higher than multiple laptops, phones and desktops combined — in just one chip!
This new line of Intel Xeon Scalable processor chips are specifically designed for servers to be used in corporate scenarios and cloud data centers. Companies like Dell, Lenovo, HP, and other manufacturers take Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors to build and manage online services of their customers. Services that everyone who connects online to consume. These services can’t be faster if the server chips they’re running on don’t giddy up and improve, and that’s what Intel has done with Xeon Scalable processor.
Intel also claims that its new server chip’s increased performance is due to superfast connections between different components within the chip, like the processing cores and the memory storage. And all of this has been credited to Intel’s new “mesh architecture” at the chip level, debuting for the first time in the Xeon Scalable processors.