X86 CPU, Xe GPU and Tile - this is what the Intel Falcon Shores XPU will look like

X86 CPU, Xe GPU and Tile - this is what the Intel Falcon Shores XPU will look like


At the ISC High Performance 2022 event held in Germany, Intel demonstrated its new XPU Falcon Shores in detail. It is a chip intended for supercomputing and characterized by a new architecture designed for flexibility and scalability. The new processor makes extensive use of the chiplet design and was presented in three different configurations: a version that makes full use of Tiles containing x86 cores, a second solution with only Tiles containing the Xe GPU cores and a third that includes both x86 cores. than the Xe GPU.

With this approach, Falcon Shores should guarantee 5 times higher performance according to Intel in terms of performance per watt, memory capacity, bandwidth and compute density. As you can see from the slide, the XPU makes use of a total of 4 tiles, a configuration equal to that of the Xeon Sapphire Rapids processors and will be built using the Intel 20A and 18A manufacturing processes, also known as “Angstrom”.
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During the event, Intel explained that:

"Going forward, Falcon Shores will represent one of the most innovative architectures on our roadmap, which includes x86 cores and Xe GPUs in a single package. This architecture is scheduled for 2024 and is expected to deliver 5x the performance in performance per watt, compute density, memory capacity and bandwidth. "

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Intel Falcon Shores XPU: x86 CPU + Xe GPU on a single socket in 2024+

Intel's new scalable chip design that uses x86 CPU cores and Xe GPU cores for supercomputing workloads, the new Falcon Shores XPU, has been detailed a little more at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2022) in Germany.


The new Intel Falcon Shores XPU is described as a 'New Tile-Based Flexible & Scalable Architecture' by the company, with three different configurations shown off: a completely x86 Tiled solution, an Xe GPU Tiled solution, and another that glues both x86 CPU cores and Xe GPU cores together on a single socket.

Intel is going with at least four Tiles on all of its Falcon Shores XPUs which matches the Tile layout of the Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon CPU family, but then Intel is making some huge performance claims here. Falcon Shores XPUs will be delivering 5x the performance/watt, 5x the Compute density in x86 socket, and 5x memory capacity and bandwidth.

The 'next-gen flexible architecture' has Intel whispering sweet nothings into the rumor mill of the 'Angstrom Era' process node, which should end up being Intel 20A or Intel 18A.

Speaking of sweet nothings, Intel also says Falcon Shores XPUs have a 'flexible x86-to-Xe Tile design ratio, simplified programming model, next-gen advanced packaging, extreme bandwidth shared memory (and) industry leading I/O'.

Intel explained: 'Looking ahead, Falcon Shores is the next major architecture innovation on our roadmap, bringing x86 CPU and Xe GPU architectures together into a single socket. This architecture is targeted for 2024 and is projected to deliver benefits of more than 5x performance-per-watt, 5x compute density, 5x memory capacity, and bandwidth improvements'.