Google Cloud Platform offers Next-Gen Intel Xeon “Skylake” for HPC Instances Share your comment!

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The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has announced it is the first cloud provider to offer users access to the next-generation Intel Xeon “Skylake” processor.

Google’s new cloud instances for HPC, which run on the Skylake processor, are targeted at healthcare, media and entertainment, financial services and other industries, according to a recent story on the Top500.org website.

The new chips support Advanced Vector Extension (AVX-512), which doubles the floating-point performance for the heaviest calculations, making it ideal for scientific modeling, genomic research, 3D rendering, data analytics and engineering simulations, wrote Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of Google Cloud Infrastructure in a recent blog post.

“We optimized Skylake for Google Compute Engine’s complete family of VMs — standard, highmem, highcpu and Custom Machine Types to help bring the next generation of high performance compute instances to everyone,” he wrote in the blog post.

The new processors are now available through GCP in five regions: the western, central and eastern United States, Western Europe and Eastern Asia Pacific, the blog post said.

Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel, said Google and Intel have had a longstanding engineering partnership working on data center innovation.

“We’re happy to see the latest Intel Xeon technology now available on Google Cloud Infrastructure,” she said in a statement. “This technology delivers significant enhancements for compute-intensive workloads, efficiently accelerating data analytics that businesses depend on for operations and growth.”

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Wylie Wong, Slashdot Media Contributing Editor