The other big news from the Intel Architecture Day is the announcement of Sunny Cove. It appears Intel has dumped the 10nm Cannon Lake in favor of the 10nm Sunny Cove. Compared with Skylake, which is still the base of the current Coffee Lake Refresh, the Sunny Cove architecture will be able to execute more instructions in parallel. It has more cache, enhanced branch prediction, more execution units (ten per core vs eight with Skylake), and new instruction sets for machine learning and encryption.
New Sunny Cove CPU Architecture: Intel introduced Sunny Cove, Intel's next-generation CPU microarchitecture designed to increase performance per clock and power efficiency for general purpose computing tasks, and includes new features to accelerate special purpose computing tasks like AI and cryptography. Sunny Cove will be the basis for Intel's next-generation server (Intel® Xeon®) and client (Intel® Core™) processors later next year. Sunny Cove features include:
Enhanced microarchitecture to execute more operations in parallel.
New algorithms to reduce latency.
Increased size of key buffers and caches to optimize data-centric workloads.
Architectural extensions for specific use cases and algorithms. For example, new performance-boosting instructions for cryptography, such as vector AES and SHA-NI, and other critical use cases like compression and decompression.
Sunny Cove enables reduced latency and high throughput, as well as offers much greater parallelism that is expected to improve experiences from gaming to media to data-centric applications.