The classic battle between Intel and AMD for market share in data centers has been joined by Nvidia, Arm and Marvell as each manufacturer rushes – sometimes together, sometimes separately – towards a future where their product dominates the cold, lit by fluorescent tubes. server room landscape.
AMD’s partnership with Microsoft on 3rd Gen AMD EPYC-enhanced Azure HBv3 virtual machines, with the Milan X chip, seems to have a privileged position over Intel’s Ice Lake chip. But old rivalries could be as relevant as a 386 processor, facing competition from Nvidia and ARM.
In late May, Nvidia rolled out its Arm-based Hopper GPUs and Grace CPU “superchips,” a move that could prove to be a massive computing shift in the data center market. Among the first computer manufacturers to launch the new chips will be industry giants such as Asus, Foxconn Industrial Internet, Gigabyte, QCT, Supermicro and Wiwynn.
These chips can be used for a wide range of workloads spanning digital twins, AI, high performance computing, cloud graphics, and gaming. Systems containing the Grace CPU Superchip and Grace Hopper Superchip chips are expected to begin shipping from these companies in the first half of 2023.
Last month, Intel launched a second-generation Habana AI deep learning processor to power massive AI workloads in the data center — following Intel’s $2 billion purchase of Habana Labs. dollars in 2019. New chips include Habana Gaudi2 and Habana Greco, built on a seven-nanometer architecture. Gaudi2, the company said, was designed to bring improved deep learning performance and efficiency to cloud and on-premises systems.
As part of CRN 50’s Software-Defined Data Center 2022, here are the five chip vendors leading the way inside the data center.