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Xeon CPUs (credit: Intel)

Intel is Working Towards Developing Software-Defined Xenon CPUs

Last Updated on October 2, 2021 by Arijit Kundu

Intel is surely working on the Xeon CPUs, which are entirely defined and managed by software. An engineer from the company has very recently put up a patch that will introduce the support for the SDSi, which stands for Intel Software Defined Silicon, mechanism mainly on Linux.

According to the company, Software Defined Silicon (SDSi) has been designed in order to activate the additional features of silicon once the processor has been deployed. For the time being, Intel is totally focusing on the processors of the Xeon CPUs.

Intel Software Defined Silicon (SDSi) will be helping in the mechanism of post-manufacturing and activating several silicon features. The features can also get enabled through an activation process of a particular license. All of this information was provided by David E. Box, an engineer from Intel. When the patch went out for review, this particular information had been put out precisely.

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Work on the Xeon CPUs looks amazing. (credit: Intel)

As we see through the patch, we will find Tom’s Hardware notes. These notes mention that the patch does not mention any particular features that will help it unlock. Thus we will be provided with an overview of the feature related to the post-deployment enablement mechanism.

The Xeon CPUs are the things that Intel is focusing upon currently.

As we see that SDSi seems to be one of the massive initiatives, Tom tells us that it is the first attempt made by Intel towards offering several software upgrades to the new processors of the Xeon CPUs.

One of the prime examples is the Virtual RAID on the CPUs by the company technology. This technology is inclined on the Intel Volume Management Device or the VMD hardware, which has been built inside the CPU. The designing has been done especially making sure that it gets activated with the help of a unique key.

We also get to know that the company has decided to move on an approach to provide software upgrades, especially in its hardware, with the help of Intel Upgrade Service more than a span of ten years ago.

This had no support for Linux, and we saw that it slowly fizzled out. This particular patch does not provide a lot of help either, as its primary work is laying down the groundwork required for authentication for the SDSi, and it does not bring out what the company may pursue, keeping in mind of the future upgrades that it might surely have.

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