Intel Teams with Snowflake

November 23, 2021 — Intel welcomes Snowflake to the Intel Disruptor Initiative Program. Working together, Intel and Snowflake provide customers with performance and increased flexibility across multiple public clouds with Snowflake’s Data Cloud using Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Xeon-based cloud instances.

Snowflake’s Data Cloud runs on multiple cloud infrastructures and delivers virtually unlimited scale and concurrency. The high-performing Intel instances are the common denominator in the availability zones of cloud service providers across multiple public clouds and as a result provide the platform for Snowflake to build a flexible cloud solution for its customers.

“By working together, Intel and Snowflake deliver optimal performance to our mutual customers. That is the goal for us. Anything we can do to improve our price-performance ratio will benefit our end customers, and it’s great to be working with Intel to make that happen,” said Justin Fitzhugh, vice president of Cloud Engineering at Snowflake.

Motivated to innovate new cloud platforms, Intel and Snowflake begin performance testing across clouds and hardware instances to better align the best performing Intel-based instances for specific Snowflake workloads. Insights allow Snowflake to optimize instances with multiple cloud providers in the short term. Over time, this helps Intel design and manufacture chips that provide processor features that benefit specific workloads.

Working together, the Intel team takes a broad look at Snowflake’s product capabilities that benefit mutual customers. As part of testing and proof-of-concept efforts, Intel teams are delivering improvements to Snowflake’s search engine optimization when used to query semi-structured data such as JSON. In addition, Intel has made improvements in the balance between data ingestion and query performance; For example, Intel has reduced certain query times from 7 minutes to 10 seconds1.

Arijit Bandyopadhyay, chief technology officer in the Datacenter and AI Group at Intel, said unlocking the value of Intel architecture with the latest products and platform innovations through software optimization and enabling ecosystems is valuable and beneficial. comes to Intel’s mutual business customers.

“As those we work with grow, Intel grows,” Bandyopadhyay said. “Intel’s engineering teams help disruptor innovators leverage the latest Intel products, along with industry-leading software optimizations and silicon engineering to optimize critical workloads across a variety of deployment models. Working with teams like Snowflake Engineering, we can reach new heights in SQL query acceleration as we innovate on next-generation hyperscaler instance designs at major cloud providers.”

Ramesh Arakere, director of Intel’s Enterprise Software Ecosystem Engineering team, said: “Intel has a long history of innovation and deep collaboration with leading software companies. Continuing that tradition, the addition of Snowflake to the Intel Disruptor Program will accelerate the pace of innovation. help accelerate the data analytics ecosystem.”

This announcement builds on Intel’s software-first strategy, which focuses on openness, choice and trust. By partnering broadly with independent software vendors to optimize software everywhere, Intel aims to be the silicon platform of choice for applications running from edge to cloud. With this announcement, Intel is also optimizing and enabling open source technologies used in Snowflake’s software stack, such as Foundation DB, to accelerate workloads optimized for Intel’s processors, enabling customer use cases with performance benefits.

To learn more about the Snowflake-Intel partnership, read a LinkedIn message from Snowflake’s Colleen Kapase and the recap of the companies’ joint session at Intel Innovation 2021.

1Number referenced based on internal testing by Snowflake in October 2021. Results may vary. See Snowflake’s Colleen Kapase LinkedIn post for more details.

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