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Our strong momentum continues to grow! Last week, we celebrated a solid first quarter and our company’s 50th anniversary. Today , Lisa joined U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL ) Director Thomas Zacharia and Cray CEO Peter Ungaro to announce that AMD EPYCTM CPUs, Radeon Instinct GPUs, and Radeon Open Ecosystem (ROCm) and EPYC open source software will power what is expected to be the world’s fastest supercomputer, called “Frontier.”

 

ORNL’s Frontier supercomputer aims to deliver more than 1.5 exaflops of performance. That level of performance exceeds the combined performance of today’s 160 fastest supercomputers! Scheduled to be online in 2021, the Frontier system will allow researchers to advance science in such applications as systems biology, materials science, energy production, additive manufacturing and health data science. Visit the Frontier website  to learn more about the areas of exploration.

 

AMD is delighted to partner with the DOE, Cray and ORNL to push the frontiers of HPC and lead the industry into the exascale era. This is one of the finest examples of a public and private partnership. AMD has a long history of working on HPC and is a strong partner for ORNL and DOE. In 2012, the DOE started a series of programs to push research that would enable future exascale compute systems. As part of this, AMD Research collaborated on FastForward, DesignForward, and PathForward – DOE programs that include public/private partnerships focused on key areas of chip, system, and software development to push the boundaries of high-performance computing. As the collaboration progressed, it evolved from research to product development, with exascale technologies incorporated into both our EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs for the datacenter. This partnership and shared vision around exascale computing drove our selection as the CPU and GPU provider for the Frontier project. We are incredibly excited to be a part of this program.

At the heart of the Frontier system is a future AI and HPC optimized AMD EPYC processor and a purpose-built AMD Radeon Instinct GPU in a 4:1 GPU to CPU configuration. The Radeon Instinct GPU also contains high-bandwidth memory allowing it to achieve very high throughput of data, while keeping power low and saving space. AMD’s Infinity Fabric will support high-speed connections between processors. The joint optimization of all these elements together enables us to hit this historic performance in each node of the system. Cray’s Slingshot scalable interconnect will handle the complex processing and communication of HPC and AI applications between nodes and between cabinets. The Frontier system will be supported by an enhanced version of AMD’s ROCm programming environment for AMD CPUs and GPUs.

 

Our strategy at AMD is about enabling high performance computing and we have an incredibly strong CPU and GPU roadmap, now more than ever optimized together. We believe supercomputing is at the forefront of the computer architecture innovation. Technology that is driving systems like Frontier is re-defining the standard for future high-performance datacenters.

 

Thank you to the thousands of dedicated employees who had a hand in this project. The science that the Frontier system enables will help solve some of the world’s toughest and most important challenges. This is another very proud day for AMD and demonstrates to the world that we have the technologies, vision and talent to lead the high-performance computing industry forward.

 

MARK PAPERMASTER  

Executive Vice President and  Chief Technology Officer

 

FORREST NORROD

Senior Vice President and General Manager

Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Group  

As AMD celebrates 50 years as a company, one of our latest innovations for the enterprise, the AMD EPYC™ processors, have gained momentum across datacenter and cloud computing segments. One of the key areas where we see tremendous traction is in hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI). Today we are excited to announce a technology partnership with Nutanix, an established leader in hyperconvergence delivering a full software stack that integrates compute, virtualization, storage, networking and security to power applications at scale.

 

AMD and Nutanix have worked together on optimizing Nutanix’s hyperconverged software, Acropolis OS, on AMD EPYC processors. The teams have been collaborating closely for several months and look forward to bringing Nutanix validated EPYC processor-based servers to the market from leading server OEM manufacturers.

Nutanix has already embarked on the path for enabling choice in hypervisors by enabling support for its own AHV, as well as VMWare ESXi®, and Microsoft® Hyper-V, and with the enablement of these hypervisors on EPYC, AMD and Nutanix will be increasing x86 CPU choice for datacenter customers.

 

Together AMD and Nutanix are bringing out the true value of the EPYC processor, leveraging its impressive PCIe® connectivity, memory bandwidth and memory capacity. In addition to the TCO savings that customers can get with Nutanix hyperconvergence software, AMD and Nutanix are optimizing on AMD EPYC processor-powered single socket servers to enable even further TCO savings to datacenter customers. We expect the combined EPYC processor + Nutanix solution to shine on several workloads such as VDI, virtualized storage, and containerized applications.

 

EPYC Processor Hyperconvergence

The AMD EPYC processor is ideally suited for hyperconvergence by providing high performance compute coupled with impressive I/O for native connectivity to storage. EPYC System-on-Chip (SoC) performance scales linearly and uniformly across cores helping minimize performance variation within applications.

Designed from the ground up for a new generation of solutions, AMD EPYC implements a philosophy of choice without restriction. Choose the number of cores and sockets that meet your needs without sacrificing key features like memory and I/O.

Each EPYC SoC can have from 8 to 32 cores with access to incredible amounts of I/O and memory regardless of the number of cores in use, including 128 PCIe® lanes, and support for up to 2 TB of high-speed memory per socket.

The AMD + Nutanix journey has just begun. Stay tuned for updates; fully supported Nutanix solutions on EPYC based OEM servers are planned for summer 2019.

 

AMD is proudly sponsoring Nutanix.NEXT 2019. We look forward to seeing you at the event where you can learn more on the value that Nutanix and AMD bring to customers deploying HCI.

 

Raghu Nambiar is the CVP & CTO of Datacenter Ecosystems & Application Engineering at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.  GD-5

We understand your business. You need fast devices to keep up with your business, security features to help keep your data safe and manageability to keep your fleet organized and up to date. Upgrade Your Experience and Get more from your notebook with 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ PRO and Athlon™ PRO processors.

 

Get More Productive

No one likes dealing with slow and unresponsive notebooks. With all those tasks running in the background from virus scanners to OS updates, a system can start to feel a little sluggish.
Our latest Ryzen™ 7 PRO 3700U processor with up to 4 cores and 8 threads is up to 2.8 times faster than our older AMD PRO A12-9800B APUs.1 Ryzen™ PRO processors represent AMD’s next generation of performance, which means less waiting and more doing at the workplace.

 

Get More Creative

Radeon™ Vega Graphics is not just for gaming but also helps accelerate the workplace. Premium graphics helps employees drive 4K displays for additional screen real estate, accelerate media playback for smooth video and speeds up creative tasks. With a Ryzen™ PRO mobile processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics experience up to 36% faster photo editing, 64% faster 3D modeling and 258% faster medical visualization over the competition.2,3

 

Get More Portable

No power outlets available? No Problem. Notebooks powered by Ryzen™ PRO and Athlon™ PRO processors are designed for the 9-5 workday. Get up to 12 hours of general office use or up to 10 hours of video playback with the AMD Ryzen™ PRO 7 3700U processor. 4

 

Get More Security Features

The global average cost of a data device breach is $3.86 Million.5 Ryzen™ PRO processors help protect against malicious data attacks from the moment of power-on with Secure Boot, lock down Windows 10 enterprise systems with Microsoft Device Guard enhanced with AMD GuardMI technology and help defend against attack to your system RAM (aka Cold Boot Attacks) with memory encryption. AMD Ryzen™ PRO and Athlon™ PRO processors is the only processor family with full memory encryption as a standard security feature. 6

 

Get More Pro Options

With AMD PRO processors we don’t force you to purchase premium more expensive solutions to get the security and professional features that enterprises need. So whether you want a Ryzen PRO 7, 5, 3 or Athlon Pro processors, you can choose the right performance level you need for your business without sacrificing on enterprise security and manageability features.

 

Click Here to learn more about the new 2nd Gen Ryzen™ PRO and Athlon™ PRO processors.

 

 

David Tjong, Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 10, 2019. Cinebench 1T used to measure CPU Single Thread Performance. Performance presented in A12-9800B (100%) vs Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U scored a 152.0475, Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U scored a 140.1425 while the A12-9800B scored a 84.75 for a comparison of 152.0475/84.75=1.79 and 140.1425/84.75=1.65 respectively. Cinebench nT used to measure CPU Multi Thread Performance. Performance presented in A12-9800B (100%) vs Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U scored a 688.4775, Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U scored a 634.345 while the A12-9800B scored a 240 for a comparison of 688.4775/240=2.87 and 634.345/240=2.64 respectively. PCMark 10 used to measure System Performance. Performance presented in A12-9800B (100%) vs Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U scored a 4075.5, Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U scored a 3494 while the A12-9800B scored a 2547.33 for a comparison of 4075.5/2547.33=1.60 and 3494/2547.33=1.37 respectively. 3DMark 11 Performance used to measure Graphics Performance. Performance presented in A12-9800B (100%) vs Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U scored a 4432.25, Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U scored a 4125 while the A12-9800B scored a 1947 for a comparison of 4432.25/1947=2.28 and 4125/1947=2.12 respectively. System Configurations: AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 3700U, 2x4GB DDR4, Radeon™ Vega 10 Graphics (driver 25.20.14102.16), Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows® 10 Pro x64 AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 2700U, 2x4GB DDR4, Radeon™ Vega 10 Graphics (driver 25.20.14102.16), Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows® 10 Pro x64 AMD PRO A12-9800B, 2x4GB DDR4, Radeon™ R7 Graphics (driver 22.19.662.4), Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows® 10 Pro x64 PCMark and 3DMark are registered trademarks of Futuremark Corporation. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores in are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. PP-7
2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 10, 2019 “Photo Editing defined as a scripted series of photo filters in Photoshop presented in i7-8650U (Dell Latitude 7490) (100%) vs Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U took 52.9 seconds to complete, while the i7-8650U took 71.9 seconds for a comparison of (71.9-52.9)/52.9=1.36 | SPECView Perf 13 3DSMax used to measure 3D Modeling Performance. Performance presented in i7-8650U (Dell Latitude 7490) (100%) vs Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U scored a 24.265 while the i7-8650U scored a 14.7525 for a comparison of 24.265/14.7525=1.64 | SPECView Perf 13 Medical used to measure Medical Viewset Performance. Performance presented in i7-8650U (Dell Latitude 7490) (100%) vs Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U scored a 7.84 while the i7-8650U scored a 2.19 for a comparison of 7.84/2.1875=3.58 | PCMark 10 DCC Subtest used to measure Content Creation Performance. Performance presented in i7-8650U (Dell Latitude 7490) (100%) vs Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U scored a 3595.25 while the i7-8650U scored a 3162 for a comparison of 3595.25/3162=1.14 | System Configurations: AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 3700U, 2x4GB DDR4, Radeon™ Vega 10 Graphics (driver 25.20.14102.16), Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows® 10 Pro x64 | Intel i7-8650U, Dell Latitude 7490, 2x4GB DDR4, Intel UHD 620 Graphics (driver 22.20.16.4799), Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows® 10 Pro x64 PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores in are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. PP-10
3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 10, 2019 Photo Editing defined as a scripted series of photo filters in Photoshop presented in i5-8350U (Dell Latitude 7490) (100%) vs Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U took 56.1 seconds to complete, while the i5-8350U took 75.4 seconds for a comparison of (75.4-56.1)/56.1=1.34 | SPECView Perf 13 3DSMax used to measure 3D Modeling Performance. Performance presented in i5-8350U (Dell Latitude 7490) (100%) vs Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U scored a 23.8125 while the i5-8350U (Dell Latitude 7490) scored a 14.06 for a comparison of 23.8125/14.06=1.69 | SPECView Perf 13 Medical used to measure Medical Viewset Performance. Performance presented in i5-8350U (Dell Latitude 7490) (100%) vs Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U scored a 7.2825 while the i5-8350U (Dell Latitude 7490) scored a 2.1125 for a comparison of 7.2825/2.1125=3.45 | PCMark 10 DCC Subtest used to measure Content Creation Performance. Performance presented in i5-8350U (Dell Latitude 7490) (100%) vs Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U scored a 3404.25 while the i5-8350U (Dell Latitude 7490) scored a 2977.5 for a comparison of 3404.25/2977.5=1.14 | System Configurations: AMD Ryzen™ 5 PRO 3500U, 2x4GB DDR4, Radeon™ Vega 8 Graphics (driver 25.20.14102.16), Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows® 10 Pro x64 | Intel i5-8350U, Dell Latitude 7490, 2x4GB DDR4, Intel UHD 620 Graphics (driver 22.20.16.4799), Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows® 10 Pro x64 | PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores in are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. PP-11
4. Testing by AMD performance labs as of 12/4/2018. “Battery life” defined as hours of continuous usage before the system automatically shuts down due to depleted battery. Video playback tested according to Microsoft WER methodology, while “general usage” is tested via MobileMark® 2014 1.5. Results presented in minutes, in order of: 1st Gen AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U Mobile Processor (100%) vs. 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ 7 3700U Mobile Processor. General Usage: Ryzen™ 7 2700U: 8.1 hours vs. Ryzen™ 7 3700U: 12.3 hours (51% longer). Video Playback: Ryzen™ 7 2700U: 6.9 hours vs. Ryzen™ 7 3700U: 10 hours (40% longer). Ryzen™ 7 2700U Test System: Lenovo IdeaPad 530s, Ryzen™ 7 2700U, 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Radeon™ Vega10 Graphics (driver 23.20.768.0), 1920x1080 AUO 403D 13.9” panel, 512GB Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G SSD, 45Whr battery, 150 nits brightness, Windows® 10 x64 RS4. Ryzen™ 7 3700U Test System: AMD Reference Motherboard, AMD Ryzen™ 7 3700U, 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Radeon™ Vega10 Graphics (driver 23.20.768.0), AUO B140HAN05.4 14” panel, 256GB WD Black WD256G1XOC SSD, 50Whr battery, 150 nits brightness, Windows® 10 x64 RS5. Results may vary with drivers and configuration. RVM-164
5. According to IBM research, for details refer to: https://www.ibm.com/security/data-breach
6. For general business laptops and desktops the AMD Transparent Secure Memory Encryption feature is included in AMD Ryzen PRO and Athlon PRO processors. PP-3

While numerous HPC workloads benefit from the core performance and industry leading memory bandwidth[i] of the AMD EPYC™ 7000 series process family there’s a set of workloads that only scale when they get access to one thing, speed.

 

In industries using processes like Electronic Design Automation (EDA), where designers are constantly testing and validating designs, workloads only scale to a limited number of threads. This is when single core clock frequency becomes a critical factor. The faster the core runs, the more work that can be done in a defined amount of time.

 

After we launched the AMD EPYC 7000 series processor, we started getting the questions from customers running EDA workloads saying, “We need a high-frequency EPYC processor, when will you have it?” They loved the core density, the memory bandwidth and the I/O capacity that EPYC provides, but for their workloads, they simply needed more speed.

 

In November we showed those customers that we were listening and introduced the brand new EPYC 7371 processor, a new high-frequency product in the EPYC 7000 series family. Providing 16 cores at 3.6Ghz all core boost and a 3.8Ghz max boost for eight cores, the AMD EPYC 7371 is a perfect processor for workloads like EDA and high-performance computing that need access to higher frequency speeds. For AMD, the EPYC 7371 is particularly important as we race towards time to market with our next generation 7nm parts in the CPU and GPU space. You can read more here about how the EPYC 7371 helped us do that with the recently announced 7nm, Radeon™ VII products.

 

And now the first AMD EPYC 7371 systems are available, providing the high-frequency core performance that EDA and similar workloads need. There are numerous OEMs that are supporting the EPYC 7371 processor in their platforms.

For HPE customers, it is available in the fantastic HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen 10 server, which is purpose built to address to address HPC workloads of all kinds. Supermicro is supporting the EPYC 7371 across their entire AMD portfolio, including the BigTwin and Ultra lines that are popular among HPC and enterprise customers. We expect additional OEMs like ASUS, Gigabyte and Tyan to announce their support for the EPYC 7371 in the coming months.

 

Beyond high-frequency speeds for EDA workloads, the 7371 gives customers using software with a core-based licensing structure like ANSYS Fluent a benefit. Having a lower core count and a higher frequency processor allows them to get the best performance for their application, while optimizing their licensing costs without having to sacrifice memory and I/O.

 

No matter if you are running EDA, HPC, or any other workloads that need access to high-frequency cores combined with incredible memory bandwidth and expansive I/O capabilities, the AMD EPYC 7371 is the right choice, providing the performance and price needed to get work done, with speed and cost, efficiently.  

 

Daniel Bounds is the senior director of product management of the AMD Datacenter Solutions Group. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.  GD-5

 

[i] NAP-42 – AMD EPYC™ 7601 processor supports up to 8 channels of DDR4-2667, versus the Xeon Platinum 8180 processor at 6 channels of DDR4-2667

Today, I had the pleasure to address attendees at the 2019 Rice Oil & Gas HPC conference and discuss AMD’s vision for the HPC community and how the required compute power can continue to grow.

With 5.6 million barrels of oil expected to be pumped every day this year, Texas ranks only behind Russia and Saudi Arabia in production. One driver for all that output is technology, including high-performance computing to model oil resources and guide drilling. HPC system architecture has evolved dramatically over the past two decades, from monolithic supercomputers to clusters of industry standard servers to heterogenous nodes incorporating CPUs and accelerators such as GPUs. These new architectures have provided an incredible increase in performance and enabled new application areas beyond traditional HPC, most notably Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The problem is the traditional levers used to increase the performance are becoming less effective. A more scalable, powerful, and secure approach is required to meet the ever-growing demands. Pushing the envelope of computing is the bread and butter of AMD, and there are a few key areas where we see innovation making a significant near-term contribution to HPC.

Chiplets

Chiplet design is an example of an area where the industry is moving to continue delivering performance gains even though the pace of Moore’s Law is slowing. Chiplets enable more silicon to be cost effectively used allowing companies, like AMD, to efficiently match processor IP to the best manufacturing process. AMD introduced the chiplet approach in 2017 with AMD EPYC server processors featuring the “Zen” architecture. We are taking it to the next level mid-year with our next generation 7nm, 64-core EPYC processor (codenamed “Rome”) featuring our “Zen 2” core. We demonstrated Rome in a single socket configuration running a popular NAMD benchmark outperforming the 2P Xeon 8180 powered server by an average of up to 15 percent1. (See video of demo here)

Next Generation I/O and Fabrics

The AMD “Zen 2” core is an amazing piece of technology that evolves the already legendary “Zen” design, driving the performance of AMD processors to new heights. But for HPC workloads, you must “feed the beast”, through connections to peripherals, networks, storage and memory. Rome is the first x86 server CPU to support PCIe® Gen 4.0 which doubles the performance of each I/O connection and thus boosts performance. We also joined early in supporting new, open standards for coherent fabrics including CCIX and Gen-Z that have tremendous potential.

Heterogenous Processing

The oil and gas industries were some of the first to see the potential for using different processing architectures for different workloads to maximize performance. Combining serial processing CPUs, like AMD EPYC, with high-performance, parallel GPUs, including AMD Radeon Instinct™, is the new normal for the highest performance HPC systems. Other accelerators, like FPGAs, are another exciting option for specialized workloads. And let’s not forget about software. The key to unlocking this potential is software, and open ecosystems like the one AMD established with ROCm are critical. Expect to hear a lot this year about the continued evolution of heterogeneous computing as the industry rallies around open solutions rather than closed, single vendor options.

I look forward to sharing more perspectives in the year ahead around how AMD views the future of HPC and the datacenter.

  1. Based on AMD internal testing of the NAMD Apo1 v2.12 benchmark. AMD tests conducted on AMD reference platform configured with 1 x preproduction EPYC 7nm 64 core SoC, 8 x 32GB DDR4 2666MHz DIMMs, and Ubuntu 18.04, 4.17 kernel and using the AOCC 1.3 beta compiler with OpenMPI 4.0, FFTW 3.3.8 and Charms 6.7.1, achieved an average of 9.83 ns/day; versus Supermicro SYS-1029U-TRTP configured with 2 x Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 CPUs, 12 x 32GB DDR4 2666MHz DIMMs and Ubuntu 18.04 , kernel 4.15 using the ICC 18.0.2 complier with FFTW 3.3.8 and Charms 6.8.2, achieved an average of 8.4 ns/day.ROM-01

The telecommunications world is starting its annual pilgrimage to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. At the show, you can imagine that we’ll once again hear about the latest and greatest smartphones, the progress being made by operators around the world to bring consumers high-speed 5G networks and other buzzwords dominating the mobile and telecoms world.

 

But a new story will arrive at this year’s show, and it will be…well, EPYC.

 

The AMD EPYC™ processor has won over customers in numerous industries like public cloud providers AWS and Microsoft Azure, high-performance computing centers and enterprise IT customers, but one of the more unique opportunities and storylines for the EPYC brand is in telecoms.

 

Not only is the AMD EPYC™ 7000 series a fantastic processor for telecoms companies building out datacenters to handle the exponential growth occurring in mobile traffic; the AMD EPYC™ Embedded 3000 processor is a fantastic embedded system on a chip that takes a lot of the features of the AMD EPYC 7000 and puts it into an embedded form factor.

Potential telecoms applications for AMD processors

Potential telecoms applications for AMD processors

 

High Performance, Embedded Computing for Telecoms

Featuring up to 16 cores, up to 1TB of memory support, up to eight 10GbE ethernet ports, integrated security features, and up to 64 lanes of PCIe®, the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 is a perfect embedded processor for things like edge devices, networking boxes housed in remote buildings, security appliances, 5G equipment and more.

 

IEI and Ibase are two companies that have launched network appliances for telecoms operators around the world using the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor.  

 

The IEI PUZZLE series uses the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor’s high core count and expansive I/O to handle proprietary network and Universal Customer Premise Equipment and offer real-time software-defined wide-area network services with any additional virtual network functions services.

 

The Ibase FWA8800 is the world’s first network appliance based on the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 Series processors. The FWA8800 is optimized for throughput performance and high-density deployments in applications such as network security, VPN/SDN/NFV/SD-WAN, and more. It also provides network vendors a great processor, a flexible system configuration and reliable system operation.

 

Expanding the EPYC 7000 Ecosystem

We’re also seeing our major server partners take advantage of the AMD EPYC 7000 series for telecoms applications. Whether a telecoms operator is looking to build a 5G network, or future-ready their existing infrastructure with network functions virtualization, the AMD EPYC 7000 series processor with the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 or the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 is a great solution for the future of telecoms.

 

As well, for those environmental moments or natural disasters when a network has to continue functioning, HPE has certified both the DL325 and DL385 for NEBS level 3. This means an HPE DL325 or DL385 with an AMD EPYC processor is not only going to provide telecoms operators high core counts, incredible memory bandwidth and PCIe capabilities, but it’s certified to the highest standards to work in a common set of safety, spatial and environmental guidelines.

 

Telecommunications services are critical to today’s connected world, and anything that keeps services up and running, no matter the location or environmental factors, is essential. With NEBS level 3 certified servers, AMD EPYC and HPE are working to make this a reality.

 

Helping keep things Secure

As with any industry, security is a critical requirement for telecoms, and the AMD EPYC family provides a true leap forward in security features for processors. With a dedicated security processor built into the EPYC SoC architecture, customers can minimize potential attack surfaces and help protect software and data as it is booted, as it runs, and as it moves from server to server.

 

We’re excited for the show and the chance to talk to telecoms operators about the benefits of AMD EPYC whether in a server or in an embedded application. If you’re interested in learning more, come by meeting room 2D10MR at the show for a deeper dive into our innovative technologies and solution demos.  

 

Olivier Suinat is the CVP of sales for commercial and datacenter at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.  GD-5

We have talked a lot about the value proposition for EPYC™ processors in virtualized environments, including a potential TCO savings of up to 45% in scenarios where AMD estimates competitive dual-socket system costs against the costs of a single EPYC processor-based system. The scalability AMD EPYC delivers to containerized applications and services using the Docker platform has received less attention.

Containers are a natural evolution of virtualization when it comes to increasing server efficiency even further. Separating the OS from the application removes the requirement to run a copy of the entire OS with each application on  a virtualized machine, allowing many more applications to run on a single VM . Containers allow developers to package up an application and its parts, such as libraries and other dependencies, and deliver it as a single package.

With the Docker platform, businesses have been able to modernize monolithic or traditional applications and transition them to a container-based solution.  Most business applications consist of several components organized into a stack: web server, database, and in-memory cache.  Containers make it possible to compose each component into separate functional units or packages that can be maintained, scaled and updated independently.  The Docker platform is a key technology for enabling this type of application design, often called a microservice model where each such functional component is a microservice.

 

 

AMD EPYC provides increased core density and flexibility to scale Docker-based microservices and applications up or down to meet spikes in demand or conserve system resources.  CPU response time increases linearly when all cores become saturated and the number of concurrently running containers continue to ramp up.  For CPU-intensive workloads,  EPYC capabilities enable system administrators to calculate how much CPU to over-provision depending on their applications Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

The Docker platform is available as both an open-source platform and enterprise-ready container platform for packaging, distributing, and managing applications within containers.

To learn more about the scalable performance of AMD EPYC in a Docker environment, please see three in-depth examples here.

Raghu Nambiar is the CVP & CTO of Datacenter Ecosystems & Application Engineering at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.  GD-5

Performance. Optimization. Security. These are the building blocks for the AMD EPYC™ processor and what every customer can expect when they use AMD EPYC. Whether in an enterprise datacenter, a high-performance computing cluster, or a public cloud instance, our goal is to provide a processor that can support the varied workloads across the modern IT environment.

 

In the public cloud market, we’ve heard loud and clear that customers want to deliver our exceptional core counts, memory bandwidth and I/O capabilities to expand their offerings.

 

Today, I am excited to share that after being in preview with a select group of customers, the Microsoft Azure Lsv2-series Virtual Machine powered by the AMD EPYC processor is now available to all. This milestone is another proof point that public cloud providers trust AMD to provide a high-performance, cost effective cloud instance to their customers.

 

The Lsv2-series offers customers a fantastic solution for anybody that’s looking to move big data applications, SQL and NoSQL databases, data warehousing, and large transactional databases into the cloud. It takes advantage of AMD EPYC’s expansive I/O capability and enables NVMe based storage performance on top of the inherent advantages of running in Azure’s cloud. It’s a win-win scenario. And for customers managing the Microsoft SQL server 2008 EOS, migrating to the Lsv2-series is a perfect option.

 

Navneet Joneja - Partner PM Manager, Microsoft Azure Compute and Messaging said it best, 

We’re thrilled to make generally available the new Lsv2 virtual machines featuring the AMD EPYC processor. They are designed to support a broad range of demanding workloads for our Azure customers, including in memory databases, big data, data warehousing and other enterprise class applications. We look forward to bringing to market new Azure virtual machines in collaboration with AMD, such as the HB-series currently in public preview.

You can read more about the Microsoft Azure Lsv2-series instance, including pricing, in the Microsoft blog here, and we believe you will find a lot to like with the offering. Signing up and picking an AMD powered instance is straightforward, as is moving from our competition to access AMD EPYC economics and performance.

 

In addition to the Lsv2-series instance, AMD EPYC is also powering the new Microsoft Azure HB-series VMs optimized for high-performance computing applications that need access to memory bandwidth. These are perfect for workloads that can leverage the more than 260 GB/sec of memory bandwidth that the AMD EPYC solution provides. You can try out an instance here, with a simple sign-up.

 

We’re excited to get AMD EPYC cloud instances in the hands of more customers, and we’re excited to continue to work with our amazing cloud partners like Microsoft Azure.

 

This is just the beginning for AMD EPYC processors in 2019. We will continue to set an even higher bar for performance, cost savings, and flexibility of choice as we bring our next generation products to market later this year.

 

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Scott Aylor is the CVP & GM of  the AMD Datacenter Solutions Group. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.  GD-5

Accelerated Learning, Creation and Consumption for Students and Teachers

Inspire students and teachers with incredible visuals for the interactive classroom. Chromebooks™ powered by AMD A-series processors offer students the quick performance and responsive experience needed to accelerate learning at K-12 educational environments. AMD A4-9120C and A6-9220C processors with built-in premium Radeon™ Graphics, provide students the performance to create video, audio and 3D model designs. Or consume highly visual content like videos or interactive online content easily while in the classroom, at home or on the go.

 

Simple and Easy to Use Chrome OS

Fast system boot-up and quick login with single sign-on, identity model with Chrome OS powered by AMD A-series processors. And customize learning with built in accessibility settings sync across any Chrome OS device, so as students switch between shared devices or log in at home with their G Suite for Education account, their accessibility settings automatically update.

 

Chromebooks™ Powered by AMD A-series processors

From educational web apps, G Suite for Education productivity tools, to web browsing – These new Chromebooks™ powered by advanced and efficient AMD A-series processors unlock premium processor performance for a fast and responsive Chrome OS experience.

 

HP Chromebook™ 11A G6 EE

Thin and rugged 11.6” Chromebook™ powered by AMD A4-9120C processors

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Acer Chromebook™ 311

Impact-resistant body to stand up to daily wear and tear powered by AMD A4-9120C processors

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Acer Chromebook™ Spin 311

Versatile Chromebook™ that can be used in clam shell, tablet, display and tent mode powered by AMD A4-9120C processors

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David Tjong, Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

Accelerated Learning, Creation and Consumption for Students and Teachers

Inspire students and teachers with incredible visuals for the interactive classroom. Windows devices powered by AMD A-series processors offer students the quick performance and responsive experience needed to accelerate learning at K-12 educational environments. AMD A4-9120C and A6-9220C processors with built-in premium Radeon™ Graphics, provide students the performance to create video, audio and 3D model designs. Or consume highly visual content like videos or interactive online content easily while in the classroom, at home or on the go.

 

Notebooks Powered by AMD A-series processors

From everyday note-taking using Microsoft Office 365 to group collaboration using Microsoft Teams and Skype – These new AMD powered notebooks with Windows 10 are engineered to provide students and teachers premium processor performance for a fast and responsive Microsoft Office 365 experience, powerful multi-core performance to handle programming in Visual Studios and Radeon™ graphics to accelerate creative designs in Paint3D.

 

Acer Travelmate B1

Tough and sturdy 14” notebook powered by AMD A6-9220C processors

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Lenovo 14w

Thin and light 14” notebook, at just 17mm thin and weighing 3.3 pounds (1.5kg) powered by AMD A6-9220C processors*

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*AMD has not independently verified this information.

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HPE and AMD: A Year Later

Posted by scott.aylor Employee Nov 27, 2018

What a year for the AMD and HPE teams! Only six months ago, I blogged about the AMD EPYC™ team heading to HPE Discover in Las Vegas and now we’re finishing up with HPE Discover in Madrid. It’s been a fantastic year for both companies with much more to come.

 

Before Las Vegas, we announced the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 no compromise, single-socket server. This powerhouse platform from HPE is designed to tackle dense virtualization and software-defined storage workloads. With up to 32 cores, two terabytes of memory and 40 terabytes of NVMe storage in a 1U chassis, the DL325 is a fantastic machine for highly virtualized, on-premise workloads. The HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 delivers up to 27 percent lower cost per virtual machine (VM) than the leading dual-processor competitor for virtualization for those workloads[1].

 

Beyond the enterprise, we’ve seen some great wins for AMD and HPE in the high performance computing space, where AMD EPYC processors provide the necessary memory bandwidth and I/O lanes for memory intense workloads. At ISC in June 2018, HPE launched the new Apollo 35, a high density AMD EPYC™ compute solution that is ideal for memory bandwidth or capacity bound HPC workloads, such as computational fluid dynamics, weather simulation, and oil and gas exploration.

 

At SC18 in Dallas, HPE and AMD announced support for a new supercomputer from the High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart, Germany. It will be the world’s fastest supercomputer for industrial production, powering computational engineering and research across science and industrial fields to advance applications in energy, climate, mobility, and health. Called Hawk, the supercomputer will be based on HPE’s next-generation high-performance computing platform running a next generation AMD EPYC™ processor code named “Rome.”

 

It's been a fantastic year for AMD and HPE. If you’re at HPE Discover Madrid, this is where you can find myself and the team on the show floor:

  • Stop by our booth, #230, to meet AMD experts and to see demos of AMD EPYC processors and HPE servers for virtualization, software-defined storage and more.

 

  • Tuesday, November 27 from 9:00 – 9:30 AM CET: HPE Live Interview with myself and Tom Lattin, VP, HPE ProLiant and Cloudline Systems.

 

  • Tuesday, November 27 from 10:00 – 10:30 AM CET at Theater 6: Olivier Suinat, CVP Sales, AMD Datacenter Solutions Group, will be on a panel discussing Cloud 28+ and AMD’s participation in it.

 

  • Wednesday, November 28 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CET at N116, NCC Level 1: Tom Lattin, VP, HPE ProLiant and Cloudline Systems, will join me in a breakout session where we will talk about how HPE servers with AMD EPYC processors can redefine virtualization, software-defined storage and high-performance computing.

 

  • Wednesday, November 28 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM CET at N118, NCC Level 1: Isidro Gonzalez, senior GPU market development manager, AMD, will discuss AMD GPUs in an HPE GPU-enabled data center.

 

[1] Based on a comparison of the SPECvirt_sc2013 results of the ThinkSystem SR650 with 2 Intel Xeon Platinum 8164 processors versus the HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 with 1 AMD EPYC 7551P. SPEC and the benchmark name SPECvirt_2013 are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). The stated results are published as of 06-05-18; see spec.org. Lenovo pricing from Lenovo site as of 05-14-18. HPE pricing is internal as of 06-05-18. Based on HPE testing, not independently verified by AMD.

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Timelines, roadmaps, and/or product release dates shown in these slides are plans only and subject to change. “Rome is a code name for AMD architecture, and is not a product name. GD-122

 

Scott Aylor is the CVP & GM of  the AMD Datacenter Solutions Group. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.  GD-5

 

High-performance computing (HPC) has grown to a point where it is a critical component of new technology advancements in academia and a wide array of industries in both the public and private sectors. Scientific research, public health, climate modeling, as well as oil and gas exploration are just a few examples where HPC is the driving force behind new innovations and knowledge discovery.

 

Utilizing the x86-architecture, the AMD EPYC™ processor, brings together high core counts, large memory capacity, extreme memory bandwidth and massive I/O with the right ratios to enable exceptional HPC workload performance.

 

AMD is committed to creating a broad partner ecosystem with collaborative engineering to provide tested and validated solutions that are tuned for specific workloads. As a result, AMD EPYC processors are now certified with software vendors providing some of the most popular HPC solutions. Examples include: computational fluid dynamics (CFD), crash simulation, and finite element analysis (FEA).

 

For computational fluid dynamics (CFD), AMD partnered with ANSYS® to take advantage of the AMD EPYC processor’s ample memory bandwidth to enable exceptional performance with their Fluent® software. ANSYS Fluent is used by the automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, energy, and healthcare industries for modeling flow, turbulence, heat transfer, and reactions in applications ranging from air flow over an aircraft wing to combustion in a furnace.

 

Altair Radioss is a leading structural analysis solver for non-linear problems under dynamic loadings, like automotive crash analysis, drop and impact analysis, terminal ballistics, blast and explosion effects, and high velocity impacts. AMD collaborated with Altair to create an optimized solution for Altair’s PBS Professional, a fast, powerful workload manager designed for HPC clusters, clouds and supercomputers. PBS Professional maximizes the utilization of an AMD EPYC processor cluster and increases the job throughput of Radioss.

 

OpenFOAM®, is free, open source computational fluid dynamics software. OpenFOAM is used across numerous engineering and science organizations, most notably in automotive, energy and aerospace. It’s designed to solve a wide range of problems, from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to acoustics, solid mechanics and electromagnetics. OpenFOAM takes advantage of the AMD EPYC processor’s ample memory bandwidth and large memory capacity.

 

For finite element analysis (FEA), AMD collaborated with LSTC. LS-DYNA® is a general-purpose multi-physics, finite element analysis program capable of simulating complex real-world problems. Widely used by the automotive industry to analyze vehicle designs, LS-DYNA® can accurately predict a car's behavior in a collision and the effects of the collision upon the car's occupants. These workloads are complex requiring a balance between floating point performance, memory bandwidth and network bandwidth. AMD EPYC processor’s eight lanes of memory bandwidth enable the system to more efficiently use the cores in each server. With LS-DYNA® and AMD EPYC processors, automotive companies and their suppliers can test car designs without having to tool or experimentally test a prototype, thus saving time and expense.

 

In addition, AMD is investing heavily in high-performance computing for weather related codes. WRF, IFS and HYCOM are all sophisticated applications used in research and operational forecasting. All require a balance of computational power, large volume data ingestion and memory bandwidth. Initial testing of AMD EPYC processor-based systems by the HPC and AI Innovation Lab showed impressive results on memory bandwidth and core density per socket making AMD EPYC processor-based servers a good choice for many applications. AMD is continuing to collaborate with the community to optimize the entire stack for all weather-related codes.

 

AMD is committed to continually expanding our partner ecosystem to create jointly engineered, optimized solutions for our customers that lower implementation risk and improve total cost of ownership.

 

Raghu Nambiar is the CVP & CTO of Datacenter Ecosystems & Application Engineering at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.  GD-5

 

Previously, I covered the arrival of the AMD EPYC processor era in the channel and the commencement of a revolutionary journey in the datacenter. Today I’m pleased to give an update and highlight a few of the key areas of advancement in the AMD EPYC channel journey.

 

The Time is NOW for an On-Premise Virtualization Refresh!

AMD is gaining momentum by offering our partners more options to solve their customers’ problems and driving a refresh of their aging virtualized on-premise server platforms.

According to IDC1, the average two-socket server is now more than 5 years old, bringing lower performance, more overhead in maintenance costs, and increased downtime of an outdated datacenter. These servers can also be more susceptible to security vulnerabilities with potential costly mitigation. IDC further states that 6 out of 10, two-socket servers in the industry are due for an upgrade in the next 12 months, and this is an immense opportunity for a modern EPYC solution.

 

Many of these refresh opportunities will encompass older, 8-10 core dual-socket products which now can easily be replaced with a single-socket, EPYC 16-32 core processor at a similar price point. This is the game changer that should make a CIO with an aging and expensive two-socket system consider an upgrade. For example, a Dell PowerEdge 7415, is a vSAN ready node that can reduce your TCO by up to 20% and cut your licensing costs in half2.

 

In a VMware virtualized environment, a move to AMD EPYC processors can reduce total server count and reduce TCO over three years by up to 45% with up to 2.8 times greater VM density3 supported with industry leading 2 TB’s of memory per socket4.

 

And our Commercial Channel Partners are Listening …

AMD has worked closely with our OEM and Channel Partners globally to help drive EPYC solutions in the Commercial Channel. To further entice our partners to continue the momentum as they engage in the refresh opportunity, AMD has introduced the EARN EPYC™ Rewards incentive program for select HPE ProLiant servers. Initially, it will be implemented in North America and Europe with plans to expand to Greater China and across Asia. EARN EPYC™ Rewards provides incentives to our Distributor and Value-Added Reseller (VAR) partners selling select HPE ProLiant DL325 and DL385 servers to help maximize marketing and sales activities. We are focused on solving the customers’ need to refresh their virtualized servers and our partners are fully on-board!

 

Giles Norris, vendor relations and marketing manager at Bechtle Direct Ltd., says it best “The Earn EPYC Rewards program gives us a unique opportunity to simultaneously boost our margins, save our customers money, and recommend a best-fit solution. We’re very pleased to be part of the program.”

 

Stay tuned for more information as we introduce Dell EMC PowerEdge and other partner platforms into similar incentive programs.

 

If you want more information on the Global EARN EPYC™ Rewards Program, click here. 

 

EPYC System Integrator Partner Program reaching around the world

In the Component channel over 40 System Integrators in North America and Europe have enrolled into our inaugural System Integrator Partner Program and are enjoying benefits such as earning incentives for deploying EPYC processor solutions.

 

Peter Chen, President of Elite partner Exxact Corporation, says, “Our valued partnership with AMD and the AMD EPYC Partner Program has enabled Exxact to provide a new portfolio of innovative and scalable HPC platforms that are equipped for industry-leading performance.”

 

And, as EPYC continues to make its mark globally, we are expanding our channel program with System Integrator partners in South Korea and China! Stay tuned for more!

 

If you want more information on the Global EPYC System Integrator Partner Program, click here

 

Educating, enabling, & promoting the revolutionary benefits of EPYC across the channel

Continuing our dedication to supporting AMD’s valued channel partners, we have released two value proposition tools to partners and are evangelizing the undeniable value of an EPYC single- and dual-socket solutions.

 

The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) tool compares a complete EPYC processor solution to a competitor for a given workload, including server, socket, core and memory. The comprehensive analysis also includes power & cooling, space, and IT administration costs and can be easily emailed & shared in presentations. Click here for AMD's EPYC TCO Tool!

The new CPU Selector Tool offers a price, core and SPECrate CPU-to-CPU comparison suggesting the optimum AMD EPYC processor versus an equivalent competitor product. This includes recommending AMD’s “No Compromise” single-socket options head to head vs competing dual-socket solutions.

 

If you happen to be at Canalys in Barcelona next month sign-up for my “Liberate your customers!” workshop to learn more about EPYC processors in the channel.

I hope you find these additions to the AMD Channel Program for datacenter products helpful. Please join us in bringing the sea-change that AMD EPYC offers to the world!

 

1Based on AMD Analysis of IDC Quarterly Server Tracker historical shipments and revenue of 2 Socket Systems applying an average server lifespan of 3.7 years assuming 60% of 2 socket servers are virtualized and 60% of those servers are on premise or not “public cloud based.”

 

2Up to 20% Lower TCO and Lower Licensing Costs: Demartek test report commissioned by Dell: Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 AMD EPYC VMware vSAN Mixed Workloads Performance – April 2018 www.demartek.com/Demartek_Dell_EMC_PowerEdge_R7415_vSAN_Mixed_Workloads_Evaluation_2018-04.html

 

3 Compares 3-year total cost of ownership for 320 virtual machines of 1 virtual machine per core with 8GB of DRAM per core with similar performance. VM Density of 2.8X is calculated based on 320 VM’s via 14 2U rack mount servers (first configuration below) for a total of 320/28U versus the same 320 VM’s via 10 1U rack mount servers (second configuration below) for a total of 320/10U.

 

Configuration comparisons include

(14) PowerEdge R740 Configuration Chassis with up to 8 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Hard Drives for 2CPU Configuration, with (2) Intel® Xeon® Gold 5118 2.3G, 12C/24T, 10.4GT/s, 16.5M Cache, Turbo, HT (105W) DDR4-2400, Performance Optimized Memory Capacity of (12) 16GB RDIMM, 2666MT/s, Dual Rank Dimms, Hard Drives including (1) 120GB SSD SATA Boot 6Gbps 512n 2.5in Hot-plug Drive & (6) 480GB SSD SAS Mix Use 12Gbps 512n 2.5in Hot-plug Drives, No Operating System 3 Years Basic Hardware Warranty Repair: 5x10 HW-Only, 5x10 NBD Onsite Deployment Services, No Installation.  Configuration priced on 8/30/2018 at www.dell.com for $14,271 per server; $199,794 total Hardware Acquisition Cost.  Facilities and administration costs include $16,004 for power and cooling, $540 for space, and $42,880 for IT administration costs for a total of $59,424 over 3 years - calculated based on AMD EPYC™ TCO calculator at https://uatfast.valuestoryapp.com/AMD/sales. SW Licensing costs include (10) vSphere with Ops Manager Ent Plus, 2 CPU License,5Yrs ProSupport + Subscription for $12.163 each for a total SW licensing costs of $121,638.  Pricing obtained at www.dell.com on 8/30/18.  Total 3 yr. Cost of Ownership of $429,511.

 

10) PowerEdge R6415 Configuration Chassis with up to 8 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Hard Drives for 2CPU Configuration, with (1) AMD EPYC™ 7551P 2.00GHz/2.55GHz, 32C/64T, 64M Cache (180W) DDR4-2666, Performance Optimized Memory Capacity of (8) 32GB RDIMM, 2666MT/s, Dual Rank Dimms,  Hard Drives including (1) 120GB SSD SATA Boot 6Gbps 512n 2.5in Hot-plug Drive & (6) 400GB SSD SAS Mix Use 12Gbps 512n 2.5in Hot-plug Drives, No Operating System 3 Years Basic Hardware Warranty Repair: 5x10 HW-Only, 5x10 NBD Onsite Deployment Services, No Installation.  Configuration priced on 8/30/18 at www.dell.com for $13,585 per server; $135,850 total Hardware Acquisition Cost.  Facilities and administration costs include $5,438 for power and cooling, $540 for space, and $34,304 for IT administration costs for a total of $40,282 over 3 years - calculated based on AMD EPYC™ TCO calculator at https://uatfast.valuestoryapp.com/AMD/sales. SW Licensing costs include (10) vSphere with Ops Manager Ent Plus, 1 CPU License,5Yrs ProSupport + Subscription for $7,820 each for a total SW licensing costs of $60,810.  Pricing obtained at www.dell.com on 8/30/18.  Total 3yr Cost of Ownership of $236,942

 

4 A single AMD EPYC™ 7601 processor offers up to 2TB/processor (x 2 = 4TB), versus a single Xeon Platinum 8180 processor at 768Gb/processor (x 2 = 1.54TB).  NAP-44.

 

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This week at the Open Compute EU Summit in Amsterdam I had the pleasure of rolling out along with ZT Systems and Microsoft, a powerful new addition to the AMD EPYC processor ecosystem. A leading provider to hyperscale datacenters, ZT Systems delivers outstanding performance and value for GPU computing and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with their new expansion system built on AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs. The support of Microsoft and its Project Olympus platform is the underlying foundation that ties the solution together.

 

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Enterprises are quickly moving some or all visualization workloads to the cloud.  Be it classic workstation workloads delivering design and manufacturing applications for CAD/CAE or just plain old Windows 10. Being able to deliver high-end applications and Windows desktops from servers in the cloud lets modern business bemore efficient and nimbler, with greater control.

 

The XPO200 3U PCIe Expansion System is designed to deliver outstanding flexibility and scale-out GPU computing, as well as highly cost effective VDI solutions, via AMD Radeon Instinct MI25 GPUs and EPYC CPUs.

 

AMD’s GPUs for the cloud have been purpose-built to optimally virtualize and deliver these workloads.  Using a built-in virtualization engine, based on the PCI spec SR-IOV (Single Root IO Virtualization), the GPUs deliver persistent quality of service making it easier to deploy and manage.

 

With up to 32 cores and 64 threads, 8 memory channels with up to 2 TB of memory per socket, and 128 PCIe lanes, AMD EPYC CPU is designed  to deliver the connectivity, memory capacity and VM density for GPU accelerated workloads.

 

To learn more about the XPO200 3U PCIe Expansion System as an attractive option for an array of modern datacenter applications please visit www.ztsystems.com/ocp.

 

The information contained in this blog represents the view of AMD or the third-party presenter as of the date presented. AMD and/or the third-party presenters have no obligation to update any forward-looking content in the above presentations. AMD is not responsible for the content of any third-party presentations and does not necessarily endorse the comments made therein. GD-84

 

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The complexity of the technology and the pace of innovation in the datacenter can be dizzying for anyone working in the space. What really excites me about AMD EPYC™ processors is that the tangible benefits of our products are part of that story. It is our unique feature set that creates an opportunity to drive exceptional performance and low TCO for our customers. At its core, there are three pillars to the EPYC proposition, each comprised of both engineering and economic considerations. First, a refresh is needed for a true datacenter transformation to occur. Second, speed is everything when it comes to data analytics and, thirdly, you don’t have to sacrifice performance for costs in the cloud. I took a shot at distilling this down in more detail below.

 

Refresh Needed for Datacenter Transformation

No question that the move to off-premise mega-datacenters to support entire IT operations for large enterprises is one of the most significant transformations in business (more on that below.) However, the company owned datacenter is still alive and well. There are processing needs and applications that an enterprise may want to keep close to home and under their own management. That doesn’t mean the on-premise infrastructure should stay locked into the past. The AMD EPYC single-socket platform is the game changer that should make a CIO saddled with an aging, underutilized and expensive two-socket system sit up and take notice. Disconnect those old SANS, move to a hyperconverged infrastructure and add secure encryption to your VMs. For example, a Dell PowerEdge 7415, is a VSAN ready node that can reduce your TCO 20% and cut your licensing costs in half1. Let AMD EPYC processors make you the hero with that next infrastructure upgrade.

 

Big Data Needs to be Fast

We have all been at the keynote or analyst seminar where the “growth in generated data” chart is the first slide (not surprisingly, it goes up and to the right). Our technology creates it and our technology must manage it, too. Having data isn’t an advantage anymore. Rather, analyzing it quickly and better than someone else is how you get ahead. Accelerating innovation and unlocking the next discovery cannot be memory bound by your processors’ limitations. AMD EPYC processors free high-performance computing from those constraints. And, paired with our AMD Radeon GPU products, we can apply the right architecture to the problem at hand, be it in inference or deep learning for machine intelligence. Notre Dame and The National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Italy are doing more with AMD EPYC processors, and so can you.

 

Redefining the Economics and Security of Cloud Services

The only reason cloud-based services exist is to deliver at scale a less costly alternative to owning and maintaining your own datacenter. IT customers buy capacity at a certain cost point – either on premise or off premise – it’s that simple. AMD EPYC processors are disrupting the incumbent in this market by being able to deliver more service at the same cost point, or equivalent service more affordably1. Tencent, Microsoft Azure, Baidu, Dropbox and more have picked AMD EPYC processors to support their offerings for the unique set of features and value AMD delivers. And in a world where data security seems to make the headlines every week, AMD EPYC can help deliver secure encryption to virtualized machines across more threads and more cores. You don’t have to choose between losing performance by shutting off hyperthreading or risking data loss between VMs.

 

By providing the right balance of compute, memory, I/O and security for high density environments AMD EPYC is a winning formula. It is changing the dynamics of the datacenter today and it deserves a closer look. The momentum we are seeing across our customers proves these points and we are just getting started. With a strong roadmap in place, I encourage you to begin your journey toward the future with AMD today.

 

Daniel Bounds, senior director, Datacenter Products for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.  GD-5

 

120% Lower TCO and 50% Lower Licensing Costs: Demartek test report: Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 AMD EPYC VMware vSAN Mixed Workloads Performance – April 2018 www.demartek.com/Demartek_Dell_EMC_PowerEdge_R7415_vSAN_Mixed_Workloads_Evaluation_2018-04.html