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Intel Cancels Xe-HP Server GPU Series To Make Way For Xe-HPC & Xe-HPG GPUs

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Raja Koduri, Intel's Senior VP and General Manager of Intel Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group (AXG), revealed on Twitter that they don't plan on commercializing the Xe-HP GPU lineup.

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Koduri explained the plan for Intel is to stop the company's focus on their Xe-HP series of server GPUs to be released to the commercial market. The reasoning for this appears that Intel has already evolved the original plans for their Xe-HP series into the HPC series, also known as Ponte Vecchio, and the Xe-HPG series, also known as Intel Arc. Essentially, the plans would not make sense to have an additional group of GPUs based on the original Xe-HP architecture.

Intel flagship server GPU line, codename Arctic Sound, were very well known as being "under development" with the resurgence of the Intel HPC section of the company. Koduri even showcased the chips that housed the silicon at Intel Labs as the first high-performing Xe silicon chipset being developed. Semiconductor giant TSMC builds bot Xe-HPC and -HPG dies for Intel.

With the lack of coverage about Intel's Xe-HP series, it was anticipated that there was a change of focus from within the company. It was still unexpected due to Intel demoing Xe-HP chips delivering up to 42 TFLOPS of FP32 throughput, as well as shipping sampling chips to a small group of consumers.

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During this year, Intel shifted focus to administering and producing Ponte Vecchio for their Aurora Supercomputer and their client base. The company also worked toward releasing the Xe-HPG Alchemist GPU family for the first quarter of next year. Koduri states that the Xe-HP line has been fully leveraged and utilized as a "development vehicle for Aurora and Intel's oneAPI system.

The largest question for now is will the company be able to retain the competitiveness between themselves and rivals NVIDIA and AMD due to this refocusing and essentially pushing back their GPU lines, even if it is only slight. Is it possible that Xe-HP alone was unable to perform to the same level as their competitors? And, in response to the lack of performance, look at their projections over the next several years to fully integrate the Intel Xe-HPC/HPG lines? Right now, Intel has remained fairly quiet as to their reasoning for the changes, but do assure their clients that they are looking into the near future to attempt to dominate the GPU market.

Intel Xe HP GPUs

GPU NameIntel Neo 1-TileIntel Neo 2-TileIntel Neo 4-Tile
GPU FamilyIntel Xe-HPIntel Xe-HPIntel Xe-HP
GPU Process10nm SuperFin10nm SuperFin10nm SuperFin
Max Compute Units512 EUs1024 EUs2048 EUs
Max Core Count4096 Cores8192 Cores16,384 Cores
Core Clock1300 MHz (Demo)1300 MHz (Demo)1300 MHz (Demo)
FP32 Compute10.5 TFLOPs (Demo)21.1 TFLOPs (Demo)42.0 TFLOPs (Demo)
MemoryHBM2eHBM2eHBM2e
Memory BusTBATBATBA
Memory ClockTBATBATBA
Memory BandwidthTBATBATBA
TDP~150W~300W~400-500W

Source: Raja Koduri (Twitter), Anandtech

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