Intel has officially launched its pay-as-you-go CPU platform that will make system administrators pay to activate select accelerators.
Intel On Demand’s new Software Defined Silicon (SDSi) service is expected to reduce the amount of hardware shipped by the company and allow customers to upgrade their machines virtually.
The show will likely use the company’s fourth-generation Xeon Scalable Sapphire Rapids processors which, after a number of delays, are expected to finally launch in early 2023.
intel on demand
Intel says the program will allow companies to reduce their investments in chips that provide performance they wouldn’t normally need, and will have Intel turn on certain features on an as-needed, pay-as-you-go basis.
Tom’s Hardware (opens in a new tab) reports that Intel wants to make Software Guard Extensions, Dynamic Load Balancer (DLB), Intel Data Streaming Accelerator (DSA), Intel In-Memory Analytics Accelerator (IAA), Intel In-Memory Analytics Accelerator, and Intel QuickAssist Technology (QAT) all available under claim under this scheme.
Because there hasn’t been an official announcement about it, the pricing for Intel On Demand hasn’t been announced yet. Instead, the company has updated its Intel Page On Demand (opens in a new tab) where it lists Lenovo as a provider for its consumption and activation models, while companies like HPE and Supermicro focus on just one type of model.
According to Register (opens in a new tab)the activation model uses a one-time fee to unlock additional features, while the consumption model promises to “dynamically align” infrastructure and demand.
This is all in a bid to boost revenue, as the company forecasts a turbulent few years of cuts, starting with a $3 billion spending cut in 2023.