AI Everywhere: How High-Performance CPUs are Revolutionising Business Performance, Efficiency & Security 

 June 25, 2024

By  Jane Frankland

Gordon Moore, a co-founder of Intel, the “father of Silicon Valley,” and well known for “Moore’s Law” once famously said,

“Whatever has been done can be outdone.”

Tech leaders understand this. They know that becoming agile, strategic, and resilient is not just a goal but a necessity. To compete and win in challenging times such as these, means investing in tech wisely, reducing CapEx and OpEx spend, attracting and retaining top talent, innovating continuously, pivoting quickly, scaling effectively, and ditching vulnerable legacy systems.

And at the heart of this much to do transformation lies the disruptive potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) – an evolving technology that’s set to be embedded everywhere, grow at a CAGR of 36.6% and be worth around $2 trillion by 2030.

Yet, as businesses across all sectors seek to embrace and successfully implement AI solutions, the importance of computational processing power to train complex algorithms as well as collect, process, and analyse vast amounts of data in real-time, without compromising performance, energy efficiency and security has never been greater.

As a pressing challenge, it’s why I’m delving into how breakthroughs in high performance CPU technology are poised to transform business. I’m partnering with Intel® again as they know tech like no other. I’m highlighting the Intel® Xeon® 6 processor as for 26 years Intel® Xeon® CPUs have enabled innovations with exceptional computing. Recently launched, and built on four generations of leadership, this CPU continues to deliver greater performance, efficiency, flexibility and security for an array of use cases and workloads. It brings AI everywhere from edge to cloud, and from devices to data centres.

The AI Promise: Beyond Hype to Real Impact

AI is no longer a futuristic concept; it’s a present-day imperative. From automating mundane tasks to providing intelligent insights, everyone understands that AI has the potential to revolutionise how businesses operate. However, realising this potential requires more than just talking about it and deploying AI algorithms; it necessitates robust and powerful computing infrastructure.

Enhanced Business Performance

CPUs have long been at the heart of the global economy due to their integral role in powering a wide range of devices and systems that drive economic activities. With the technology advancing at speed, they now bring unparalleled processing power, facilitating complex computations and enabling real-time data analysis. This translates to faster decision-making processes and improved operational efficiency. By leveraging high performance CPUs, tech leaders can now run sophisticated AI models that provide actionable insights, optimise supply chains, and enhance customer experiences.

Case in point, data centres.

When a company invests in its data centre, it’s like upgrading the brain of its operations to handle more tasks efficiently. These upgrades are crucial for supporting the company’s growth while keeping costs in check and ensuring things run smoothly.

For tech leaders, it’s essential to choose technologies that not only help the business grow but also considers factors like security, energy efficiency, sustainability, and ease of management. Additionally, keeping an eye on market trends, such as the increasing use of AI and cloud services, which are changing how data centres need to operate.

For example, as the market for AI technology is expected to grow 4x in the next five years, fuelled by changes like workload automation and Gen AI, companies will need better processing power to handle large amounts of data effectively. Equally, with the shift to cloud-based services accelerating, they’ll need their data centres to adapt to new ways of handling tasks efficiently.

The Intel® Xeon® 6 processor family is designed to meet these evolving needs by offering improved performance and efficiency across different types of tasks. With more capabilities and specialised features, such as a flexible microarchitecture, additional memory bandwidth, exceptional input/output (I/O), confidential computing technologies plus two core types to choose from – a performance core (P-core) which is optimised for compute-intensive and AI workloads, or an efficient core (E-core) which is optimised for high density and scale out workloads – these processors can boost performance for specific tasks, helping tech leaders achieve faster and better results across their operations, whilst offering flexibility.

Real-Life Application in the Telco Sector

To illustrate the real-world impact of advanced processor technology, let’s consider an Intel case study involving the Intel® Xeon® 6 processors. These processors have been pivotal in enhancing the performance and efficiency of 5G networks, a critical infrastructure in our connected world. According to Intel, the Intel® Xeon® 6 processors have enabled telecommunication companies to manage increasing data traffic seamlessly while maintaining low latency and high reliability.

By integrating these processors into their infrastructure, companies have achieved significant reductions in operational costs through improved energy efficiency and optimal resource utilisation. For example, driving improvements of up to 4.2x higher performance and 2.7x higher performance per watt for 5G Core workloads, enabling mobile network operators to achieve more capacity, higher throughput and energy efficiency across load line.

Moreover, the increased computational power has allowed for the deployment of more sophisticated AI-driven network management tools, facilitating proactive maintenance and reducing downtime. This powerful combination of AI and robust processing power has empowered telecom operators to deliver superior service quality, driving customer satisfaction and retention. The Intel® Xeon® 6 processors exemplify how cutting-edge technology can turn the AI promise into tangible business benefits.

Boosting Efficiency and Sustainability

Rising energy costs are a significant concern for many organisations. Modern enterprises are under increasing pressure to operate sustainably. Fortunately, when CPUs are designed for high performance with energy efficiency in mind, they not only reduce operational costs but also help meet sustainability goals, making AI initiatives both economically and environmentally responsible.

Considering streamlined operations, as AI thrives on data, with enhanced processing power, businesses can automate data-heavy operations such as fraud detection, customer service, and logistics as well as automating repetitive tasks. This not only alleviates workload pressures and frees up human talent for more strategic, creative tasks, but also ensures operations run smoothly and efficiently without burning employees out in the process. This enhances employee experience (EX), job satisfaction and helps in retaining top talent.

Real-Life Application in the Energy Sector

In the energy sector, the demand for efficient and reliable computing power is paramount. High performance CPUs can make a substantial difference, as highlighted in this case study by Intel. The study outlines how Intel is helping the energy industry to transform and enable an efficient, resilient, secure smart grid through membership and commitment to the Virtual Protection Automation and Control (vPAC) Alliance as well as the creation of technologies to drive it, including Intel® Xeon® 6 processors with up to 144 high-efficiency cores.

Together with the rest of the vPAC Alliance, Intel is enabling the power grid of the future, consolidating fixed function OT and IT components onto open, virtualised, software-defined platforms. By incorporating Intel® Xeon® 6 processors, energy suppliers can now expand their computing capabilities significantly with higher performance per watt than previous generations. With high core density, they can also allocate computing power to many individual tasks, ensuring fast and reliable operations, while built-in security capabilities help safeguard distributed and service-based architectures, ensuring a more cyber resilient and responsive energy distribution system.

Fortifying Security

With cybercrime costs growing globally at the rate of 15% per year, tech leaders face a barrage of security threats and data privacy compliance requirements whether on-premises or in the cloud. As cyber threats become increasingly destructive and sophisticated, the role of AI in cybersecurity becomes even more critical. AI-powered cybersecurity products can now detect anomalies, predict potential threats, and respond in real time. However, the effectiveness of these products hinges on the processing power they can leverage.

High-performance CPUs enable security systems to analyse network traffic, user behaviour, and system logs in real time. This allows for immediate identification and mitigation of threats, thereby protecting sensitive data and ensuring business continuity. And as most come with built-in security features such as encryption and secure boot, AI can finally be deployed more securely, and become truly transformative.

Real-World Application in the Cybersecurity Sector

To illustrate the transformative impact of high performance CPUs, consider the following case study by Intel involving the use of Intel® Xeon® 6 processors within Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW).

NGFWs are advanced security solutions that combine traditional firewall features with additional capabilities such as intrusion prevention, application control, and advanced threat protection. Offering enhanced visibility into network traffic, they allow for more granular control over applications and users. By inspecting packets at a deeper level and utilising threat intelligence, NGFWs can better protect networks against sophisticated cyber threats and malware, making them a vital component of modern cybersecurity strategies.

As such, they benefit extensively from Intel® Xeon® 6 processors exceptional computational power and energy efficiency, breaking new ground in performance, density and power savings with up to 144 E-cores per socket. The robust processing power of these processors allows NGFWs to handle complex security tasks such as deep packet inspection, encryption/decryption, and running security algorithms more efficiently. This results in faster threat detection and response times, improved network performance, and the ability to process a large volume of network traffic without causing bottlenecks.

Leveraging the processors’ advanced microarchitecture and higher core counts enables NGFWs to allocate resources effectively for parallel processing, enhancing overall security effectiveness and responsiveness. While Intel Deep Learning Boost (DL Boost) accelerates machine learning tasks, enhancing the firewall’s ability to detect and neutralise threats in real time.

The Road Ahead

To harness the full potential of AI, tech leaders must prioritise investments in high-performance CPUs. Here are four strategic considerations:

  • Scalability: As your AI initiatives grow, so will the demand for processing power. Choosing scalable processor solutions will ensure that your infrastructure can handle increasing workloads without compromising performance.
  • Integration: Seamless integration of AI and processing power with existing IT infrastructure is crucial. Opt for processors that are compatible with a wide range of platforms and can easily integrate with your current systems.
  • Continuous Innovation: The pace of technological advancement is relentless. Stay ahead of the curve by investing in processors that are future-proof, flexible, and capable of supporting the next generation of AI applications.
  • Collaboration: Forge partnerships with leading processor manufacturers and AI solution providers. Collaboration provides access to cutting-edge technologies and expertise, ensuring that your AI initiatives are both innovative and effective.

To End

In a world where challenges are constant and the need for agility, strategy, and resilience is paramount, the integration of AI powered by high performance CPUs offers a path to transformative success. By enhancing business performance, boosting efficiency, and fortifying security, these technological advancements provide the foundation for a future-ready organisation.

As tech leaders, your role in steering your organisation towards this future is crucial. Now is the time to embrace the potential of AI and invest in the best high-performance CPUs on the market.

Now I want to hear from you…

Drop me an email or head on over to LinkedIn to join in the conversation and tell me..

    • How has AI impacted your organisation?
    • What challenges have you faced in implementing this technology?
    • What high-performance CPU stories can you share?

Then, if you’re ready to make your AI initiatives not just possible but outstanding, head over to Intel to learn more about the Intel® Xeon® 6 processor

Finally, in the spirit of full disclosure, please be aware that I’ve received compensation for promoting thisthought leadership blog for Intel. Because your success is important to me, I only align myself with brands I believe in, and Intel is one of them.

Then, if you’re ready to make your AI initiatives not just possible but outstanding, head over to Intel to learn more about the Intel® Xeon® 6 processor

Finally, in the spirit of full disclosure, please be aware that I’ve received compensation for promoting thisthought leadership blog for Intel. Because your success is important to me, I only align myself with brands I believe in, and Intel is one of them.

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Jane frankland


Jane Frankland is a cybersecurity market influencer, award-winning entrepreneur, consultant and speaker. She is the Founder of KnewStart and the IN Security Movement. Having held executive positions within her own companies and several large PLCs, she now provides agile, forward thinking organisations with strategic business solutions. Jane works with leaders of all levels and supports women in male dominated industries like cybersecurity and tech. Her book, IN Security: Why a failure to attract and retain women in cybersecurity is making us all less safe' is a best-seller.


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