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Top Five Things to Consider When Working With Intel's IPU E2100 ASIC

by Tony Oliva, on Jun 8, 2023 10:40:00 AM

In this blog, we'll cover Intel's IPU E2100 ASIC and dive into the top five things you need to consider when working with critical applications and services within a data center or at the network edge. 

Performance 

Performance refers to the speed and efficiency of an IPU in performing computations and processing data. It is typically measured in terms of FLOPS (floating-point operations per second).

Higher FLOPS values indicate faster processing capabilities, and lower FLOPS indicate slower processing capabilities.

Different types of applications have different computational demands. When dealing with complex models or data-intensive simulations, an IPU with high performance is needed to ensure timely results.

Intel's IPU E2100 ASIC supports DPDK, enabling low-latency packet processing and efficient use of hardware acceleration. This ensures timely results for complex models or data-intensive simulations.

Programmability

Programmability refers to the ability to write and execute custom code on the IPU. This allows developers to optimize and fine-tune their algorithms specifically for the hardware, which can lead to improved performance and efficiency.

It also enables low-level control over the IPU's resources, such as memory access and parallelism, and allows for customizations tailored to the requirements of the application.

An IPU must be equipped with a programming model compatible with the preferred programming languages and frameworks.

Intel's IPU E2100 ASIC utilizes P4, providing a flexible programming language for defining and customizing the behavior of network data planes. This enables developers to optimize and fine-tune packet processing algorithms specifically for the hardware, leading to improved performance and efficiency.

Scalability 

Scalability refers to the ability of an IPU to scale its performance based on workload requirements. It is essential to consider whether an IPU can handle increasing workloads without significant performance degradation.

Scalability is particularly important for applications that are expected to grow or encounter varying levels of computational demands.

An IPU with good scalability will provide the flexibility needed to accommodate future growth and evolving computational needs, ensuring that a system can handle increasing workloads efficiently.

Intel's IPU E2100 ASIC is equipped with Arm N1 Neoverse Cores, providing increased scalability to handle evolving workloads efficiently and accommodate future growth.

Memory and Storage Capacity

Memory and storage capacity are crucial aspects of an IPU's ability to handle large datasets and complex models.

On-chip memory, such as SRAM and cache, enables fast access to frequently used data and instructions. Off-chip memory, such as DRAM, provides additional storage capacity for data that does n't fit in on-chip memory.

Sufficient memory capacity allows the IPU to efficiently process data without constantly accessing external storage, which can introduce latency and reduce performance.

Additionally, persistent storage options, like flash memory or SSDs, are useful for storing and accessing persistent data, such as model parameters or training datasets.

Intel's IPU E2100 ASIC can be paired with Intel® Optane SSDs and RAM for high-speed, high-endurance memory.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is the measure of how effectively an IPU utilizes power to perform computations. It is a critical factor, especially in applications that require high computational power while minimizing power consumption.

An energy-efficient IPU can significantly reduce operational costs and environmental impact. When evaluating energy efficiency, metrics like performance per watt indicate how much computational power an IPU can deliver for a given amount of energy consumed.

To maximize computational capabilities while minimizing power consumption, IPUs must strike a balance between performance and energy efficiency. 

Intel's IPU E2100 ASIC supports LP-DDR4, improving energy efficiency by reducing power consumption during memory operations. This allows for a better balance between performance and energy efficiency.

Network Traffic

Where does Trenton Systems come into play?

At Trenton Systems, we are currently working on the 1U IPS, a software-defined, hardware accelerated infrastructure processing unit solution designed with Intel'sIPU E2100 ASIC.

This solution can run multiple applications in parallel on the same piece of hardware to enhance programmability, scalability, and functionality within a data center or at the network edge.

It also allows for network visibility, data analysis, and streamlined management to securely process, monitor, and filter traffic traveling across networks and between devices. In addition, it provides high precision timestamping with 5ns latency.

With strict revision control, we ensure that all software updates are kept on record for proper management, to facilitate collaboration, and allow for an easy switch to previous iterations if necessary.

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Final thoughts 

When selecting an IPU, it is important to consider the following key factors: performance, programmability, scalability, memory and storage capacity, and energy efficiency. 

These factors determine the IPU's ability to handle computational demands, adapt to varying workloads, optimize power consumption, process large datasets, and enable customization.

Companies like Trenton Systems offer IPU solutions that ensure high-performance, secure, energy-efficient operations for critical applications and services that involve processing, monitoring, and transferring large amounts of data in real-time.

Interested in learning more? Just reach out to us anytime here. 🇺🇸

Team Trenton is at your service. 🙂

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