Posted by Hanan Youssef, Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform’s focus on infrastructure excellence allows us to provide great price-performance and access to the latest hardware innovations. Working closely with hardware vendors, we help guide new advancements in data center technology and the speed at which Google Cloud Platform (GCP) customers can use them.
Yesterday, Google Cloud announced a strategic alliance with Intel that builds on our long-standing relationship developing data center technology. Today, we’re excited to announce that Google Compute Engine will support Intel’s latest Custom Cloud solution based on the next-generation Xeon Processor (codenamed Skylake) in early 2017.
The upcoming Xeon processor is an excellent choice for graphics rendering, simulations and any CPU intensive workload. At launch, Compute Engine customers will be able to utilize the processor’s AVX-512 extensions to optimize their enterprise-class and HPC workloads. We’ll also add support for additional Skylake extensions over time.
You’ll be able to use the new processor with Compute Engine’s standard, highmem, highcpu and custom machine types. We also plan to continue to introduce bigger and better VM instance types that offer more vCPUs and RAM for compute- and memory-intensive workloads.
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