Google has said that its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is to be the first in the world to use the latest range of Intel Xeon Skylake chips.
Google claims that the addition of Skylake will double the floating-point performance of the ‘heaviest calculations' by adding Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX-512) which make it ideal for scientific modelling, 3D rendering and genomic rendering as well as more traditional engineering and data analytics functions.
"Google and Intel have had a long standing engineering partnership working on Data Center innovation. We're happy to see the latest Intel Xeon technology now available on Google Cloud Infrastructure," said Diane Bryant, Intel's executive vice president said.
"This technology delivers significant enhancements for compute-intensive workloads, efficiently accelerating data analytics that businesses depend on for operations and growth."
Skylake processors are available in Western US, Eastern US, Central US, Western Europe and Eastern Asia Pacific.
The news comes in the wake of last week's announcement that GCP would be offering Nvidia Tesla K80 GPUs for super-computing on-demand to customers in three regions.
This is, therefore the second barrage in a direct attack on rivals, and a reminder that Google is very much in the data centre business and every bit as responsive and agile as its competitors.
Both the Skylake and Nvidia upgrades have taken place in the same data centre in Western Europe, giving customers in the regions access to a variety of services.
Applications are now being taken for users who believe that their workloads would benefit from the Skylake technology being offered, with case-by-case reviews on what region you would be using and what you would be using to evaluate your Skylake VMs.
The first batch of Intel Skylake Xeon processors appeared last spring with a promise of accelerating video and multimedia workloads for service providers.
Intel was expecting to make the move to 10nm chips this year, but have decided to hold off, producing another range at 14nm. However, with their mothballed Fab 42 project now back on the table, we could be in for some seriously thin Intel chips down the line.
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