Intel reshuffles Xeon lineup

Intel is adjusting plans for its upcoming Cooper Lake generation of Xeon processors by reducing the number of processors it plans to launch and reducing the server types supported.

The company still plans to launch new Xeon processors under the Cooper Lake codename, but it does not plan to support one- and two-socket servers with that product line. It will now focus on high-end four- and eight-socket servers sold under the Cedar Island codename.

Cooper Lake’s big claim to fame is that it would support bfloat16 instructions inside the AVX-512 vector units. The bfloat16 standard was developed by Google for AI training and is extremely technical (here’s a deep dive on the functionality if you wish to learn more).

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