Intel Xe-HPG architecture to span across gaming, workstation and data center markets

Published: 31st Oct 2021, 09:29 GMT   Comments

Intel planning Xe-HPG based cloud gaming and media streaming products

Intel Xe-HP microarchitecture first announced by Intel in mid-2020 is a multi-tile GPU series designed for data centers, with the main purpose as media super-computer accelerators. The company has developed as many as three variants featuring from 1 to 4 tiles.

Intel Xe-HPG (Gaming) Design, Source: Moore’s Law Is Dead/Notebookcheck

Earlier this week Raja Koduri said that Xe-HP Arctic Sound GPUs will be canned. Intel is currently not planning to produce these data center processors for any other use than their own cloud servers. This was surprising information considering how much time Intel has spent promoting these GPUs. As it turns out, Intel will be focusing on Xe-HPG (gaming) and Xe-HPC (high-performance data center) products moving forward.

Raja Koduri later clarified that Xe-HP was used to build a developer ecosystem for Ponte Vecchio’s (Xe-HPC) architecture. When it comes to the products themselves, Koduri confirmed Xe-HPG products are now to replace HP on the product roadmap with AI interference and visual cloud purposes in mind, so more or less what Xe-HP was meant to be.

Visual Cloud includes media processing, media analytics, immersive media, cloud graphics, and cloud gaming. In other words, Xe-HPG architecture may be used for services such as game streaming similar to GeForce NOW or Google Stadia.

It may also be deployed on media conversion servers or by video content providers. A typical use for this type of content is video broadcasting by television. Intel was a hardware provider for Toyko Olympics where the Xeon-based servers were used to stream 8K 60 FPS HDR video to the cloud. A more powerful and optimized platform could extend Intel’s presence in this specialized market.

Koduri also mentioned that Xe-HPG will support professional applications such as 3DS Max, suggesting that Xe-HPG will also be offered in the workstation market. That said, the Xe-HPG microarchitecture might be offered for as many as three different markets similarly to NVIDIA Ampere or AMD RDNA2 architectures.

Intel Xe-HP Arctic Sound GPUs, Source: Igor’sLAB

Intel Xe Graphics Commercial Products
Xe-LPXe-HPGXe-HPXe-HPC
MultimediaGaming / ๐Ÿ†• Workstation / ๐Ÿ†• Cloud / ๐Ÿ†• AIDatacenter / AIData Center /Exascale
Intel Iris Xe MAX
DG1 - 10nm SuperFin
Discrete Mobile, 96 EUs, 3GB G6
Arc Alchemist / Arc Pro
DG2 - External (TSMC N6)
Discrete Mobile/Desktop, 512 EUs
Unnamed 1-tile
Arctic Sound 1T - 10nm Enhanced SuperFin
2048 EUs, 42.3 TFLOPs
Unnamed
Ponte Vecchio - 7nm (Enhanced) SuperFin, External
16-tiles? HBM2
DG1 SDV
DG1 - 10nm SuperFin
Discrete Desktop
Arc Alchemist / Arc Pro
DG2 - External (TSMC N6)
Discrete Mobile/Desktop, 384 EUs
Unnamed 2-tile
Arctic Sound 2T - 10nm Enhanced SuperFin
1024 EUs, 21.2 TFLOPs
H3C XG310
SG1 - 10nm SuperFin
Discrete Workstation
Arc Alchemist / Arc Pro
DG2 - External (TSMC N6)
Discrete Mobile/Desktop, 128 EUs
Unnamed 4-tile
Arctic Sound 4T - 10nm Enhanced SuperFin
512 EUs, 10.6 TFLOPs
Tiger Lake
10nm SuperFin
iGPU up to 96EUs
๐Ÿ†• Alder Lake
Intel 7
iGPU up to 96EUs



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