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Scale Your Computing Power: Advantech HPC Server and Solution Upgrade with Intel 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors


Advantech, a leading provider of industrial intelligent systems, today announced an important upgrade across its high performance computing product line: the SKY-5240 multi-node server, the ASMB-800/900 industrial high-end server motherboards, and the SKY-6000 GPU servers will now utilize 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors. With Advantech ready to provide server products with 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors, the benefits extend from AVX512 Vector Neural Network Instruction (VNNI) support to Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules support to enable scalable bandwidth to meet ever-increasing performance with lower TCO.

Accelerate AI with Intel VNNI features: SKY-5240 and ASMB-900/800s

From inference to training, utilizing AI can be resource intensive. Advantech’s multi-node server, the SKY-5240, and its high-end server boards, the ASMB-900 and the ASMB-800 series, upgrade to 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors. As such, AI workload performance has been improved with the introduction of Intel Deep Learning Boost (Vector Neural Network Instruction, VNNI) feature support—designed to increase the throughput of tight inner convolutional loop operations. The new extension reduces the memory bandwidth required to perform deep learning operations and will improve the performance of image matching algorithms on servers. 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors accelerate AI on CPU performance. Advantech is now ready to provide the upgraded SKY-5240 server and ASMB-900/ASMB-800 motherboards for industry applications.

Advantech Intel® Select Solution – in HPC-AI Convergence, Visualization, Simulation and Modeling, Genomics Markets

Advantech has also chosen to partner with Intel® to migrate its Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization with the 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors on the SKY-5240 server to fulfill the demands of high computing power in the AI HPC, simulation, modeling, and visualization applications. With eight 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors in a 2U 4-node form factor, the SKY-5240 can provide leadership in CPU performance per socket in a 2U compact form factor. This allows users to benefit from Intel’s experience in simulation, modeling, and visualization application with workload-optimized performance. Intel® Select Solutions provides a fast path for purchasing and deploying a cluster to enable compute and visualization workloads with less cost, limitations, and system challenges.  Advantech is also committing the SKY-5240 server to be a verified 2nd Generation Intel® Select Solution for four sectors: Simulation and Visualization, Simulation and Modeling, HPC -AI Convergence and Genomics Analytics are ready for the second half of 2019.

Advantech GPU Server with Intel Persistent Memory Support

As the Advantech GPU Server SKY-6000 series upgrades to 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors, AI workload performance can be improved with the introduction of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory support—significantly lowering the latency when fetching data from system storage. The persistent memory technology can help boost the performance of data-intensive applications, such as AI model training, in-memory analytics, databases, content delivery networks, and high performance computing. The SKY-6000’s GPU server now features higher application performance and availability through 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors.

Advantech server products upgraded with 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors are shown in the following table. To learn more, contact the Advantech sales team or visit the website: