ICT UPDATE | AMD unveils EPYC processors, platform aimed at data centers

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AUSTIN, TEXAS | AMD and a global ecosystem of server partners, marked a new era in the datacenter with the launch of AMD EPYC 7000 series high-performance datacenter processors.

AMD was joined by multiple customers and partners at the global launch event in presenting a wide array of systems, performance demonstrations, and customer testimonials.

The innovative, record-setting AMD EPYC design, with up to 32 high-performance “Zen” cores and an unparalleled feature set, delivers greater performance than the competition across a full range of integer, floating point, memory bandwidth, and I/O benchmarks and workloads.

“With our EPYC family of processors, AMD is delivering industry-leading performance on critical enterprise, cloud, and machine intelligence workloads,” said Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD. “EPYC processors offer uncompromising performance for single-socket systems while scaling dual-socket server performance to new heights, outperforming the competition at every price point. We are proud to bring choice and innovation back to the datacenter with the strong support of our global ecosystem partners.”

The world’s largest server manufacturers introduced products based on AMD EPYC 7000-series processors at the launch, including HPE, Dell, Asus, Gigabyte, Inventec, Lenovo, Sugon, Supermicro, Tyan, and Wistron.

Primary hypervisor and server operating system providers Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware showcased optimized support for EPYC, while key server hardware ecosystem partners Mellanox, Samsung Electronics, and Xilinx were also featured in EPYC-optimized platforms.

Record-setting EPYC performance

The excitement around EPYC is driven by multiple record-setting server benchmarks achieved by EPYC-powered one-socket and two-socket systems.

AMD EPYC processors set several performance records, including:
· Two-Socket Server;
· AMD EPYC 7601-based system scored 2360 on SPECint_rate2006, higher than any other two-socket system score1
· One-Socket Server;
· AMD EPYC 7601-based system scored 1200 on SPECint_rate2006, higher than any other mainstream one-socket x86-based system score2;
· AMD EPYC 7601-based system scored 943 on SPECfp_rate2006, higher than any other one-socket system score.

All EPYC processors combine innovative security features, enterprise class reliability, and support a full feature-set.

An AMD EPYC 7601 CPU-based one-socket system shifts expectations for single socket server performance, helping lower total-cost-of-ownership (TCO), providing up to 20% CapEx savings compared to the Intel Xeon E5-2660 v4-based two-socket system.

At every targeted price point for two-socket processors, EPYC outperforms the competition, with up to 70% more performance in the eight hundred dollar price band and up to 47% more performance at the high-end of the market of four thousand dollars or more.

EPYC Product overview

· A highly scalable System on Chip (SoC) design ranging from 8-core to 32-core, supporting two high-performance threads per core;
· Industry-leading memory bandwidth across the line-up, with 8 channels of memory on every EPYC device. In a two-socket server, support for up to 32 DIMMS of DDR4 on 16 memory channels, delivering up to 4 terabytes of total memory capacity;
· Unprecedented support for integrated, high-speed I/O with 128 lanes of PCIe 3 on every product;
· A highly-optimized cache structure for high-performance, energy efficient compute;
· AMD Infinity Fabric coherent interconnect linking EPYC CPUs in a two-socket system;
· Dedicated security hardware