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We are less than a month away from celebrating AMD EPYC’s first birthday.  What a year it’s been! We’ve built a revolutionary product line eagerly adopted by world class customers, ecosystem partners, and their customers. We now have 14 server systems partners and over 50 server platforms introduced and ramping.  But we’re just getting started.  To that end, I’m immensely proud to publicly welcome a proven datacenter innovator, Cisco and its Unified Computing System (UCS) Portfolio to the AMD EPYC™ family.  The UCS C4200 solution featuring AMD EPYC holds enormous promise for UCS to continue its decade long drumbeat of bringing unparalleled innovation to their customers.

 

Cisco and AMD have a legacy of rethinking the status quo, shunning incrementalism, and introducing disruptive innovation with compelling customer value. Now a server and datacenter leader, many forget that it was almost ten years ago when Cisco turned the server industry upside down with its launch of “Project California” now known as UCS. UCS transformed the industry by unifying servers, virtualization, and storage access to help customers move towards a programmable infrastructure.

 

The new UCS platform powered by AMD EPYC extends the Cisco UCS value of programmable, application centric infrastructure to use cases where core, memory, and storage density are key requirements. With AMD EPYC, Cisco is able to deliver 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack than other Cisco UCS Servers. Coupling Cisco UCS Intersight and ACI with AMD’s Secure Memory Encryption and Secure Encrypted Virtualization technologies, holds enormous promise to help service providers and hybrid cloud administrators isolate multiple tenants and applications more securely.  It really is an incredible match.

 

We are committed to continuing to work with industry leaders like Cisco to help organizations meet the increased demand for data management and cost optimization. AMD EPYC provides the right balance of compute, memory, I/O and security for high density environments, so organizations can continue to keep pace and even stay ahead of emerging workload requirements. Stay tuned for more EPYC momentum in the coming weeks.

Today, I am proud to announce yet another first for EPYC: The new, density-optimized Cisco UCS C4200 Series Rack Server Chassis and the Cisco UCS C125 M5 Rack Server Node will be powered by AMD EPYC™ 7000 series processors. By integrating AMD EPYC processors, Cisco joins a growing list of server providers taking advantage of the high-performance EPYC processor’s strong balance of core density, memory, I/O bandwidth and unprecedented security features to deliver revolutionary technology for customers.

 

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The C4200 Rack Server Chassis hosts up to four rack server nodes in two rack units (2RU) with shared N+1 redundant power and cooling, and up to 24 small form factor drives.  The UCS C125 M5 Rack Server Node supports up to 2 AMD EPYC™ processors with up to 32 cores per processor, up to 2 TB of memory, two PCIe® 3.0 slots, and an optional 4th generation Cisco UCS VIC for complete programmability, making hosting different workloads simple and easy.  The result is Cisco’s highest density solution designed for service providers building cloud platforms, manufacturers simulating new designs, retailers analyzing consumer trends, compute-intensive web and gaming back-end processing and data scientists analyzing financial markets.   In fact, with 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack1, the Cisco solution is designed for all clustered workloads where high core density is essential.

 

On the management side, this solution is fully supported by Cisco Intersight™ management as a service. This cloud-based management approach lets administrators configure and manage all Cisco blade, rack, storage, and multi-node servers through a single interface, regardless of where the servers are installed. This role and policy-based management service enables the creation of Cisco UCS service profiles and templates that have global scope across your organization worldwide.  Critical to service providers, secure multi-tenancy is enabled by integrating a cluster through Cisco Application Centric Networking (Cisco ACI™), helping to securely partition multiple workloads with network profiles that isolate tenants and applications.

 

“The addition of AMD to the Cisco UCS server portfolio marks a first for us as partners,” said Kaustubh Das, vice president, product management - Computing Systems, Cisco’s Data Center Business Group. “Leveraging the innovation of AMD EPYC, Cisco is bringing forth transformative technology that will enable our customers to accelerate compute-intensive workloads with a high-density server that can be managed from the cloud."

 

The Cisco UCS C4200 Series Rack Server Chassis and C125 Server Nodes with AMD EPYC processors are expected to be available in the second half of 2018 with tested and validated solutions with major ISVs.

 

If you would like to learn more about these great new products, please visit the links below:

 

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Competition in the datacenter processor market for the past few years has been limited, but the arrival of EPYC™ has changed that. We’ve had momentum with major customer wins, the ecosystem is rallying behind us, and killer product reviews showcase the performance of EPYC going head-to-head with Intel at the top of the processor stack and absolutely dominating in SPEC performance in the middle of the stack.

One of our key innovations has been the introduction of a true enterprise-class single-socket processor. For too long Intel has artificially limited the single-socket market to keep eyes and dollars focused on their two-socket offerings. However, over half of the systems that have been using Intel’s two-socket parts could have had their performance and feature needs better met if an unconstrained, datacenter-capable single-socket processor were available. Coming back into the market we have the freedom to disrupt and AMD’s no-compromise, single-socket capability is a true game changer for many workloads including virtualized storage, VM farms, and Web hosting.

Dell debuted its EPYC-based PowerEdge R7415 single-socket for storage and analytics applications that offers up to 20 percent lower total cost of ownership than the alternatives. ITPro recently put the R7415 through its paces, running single-socket EPYC solutions up against two-socket Intel solutions.  Concluding that it is a “serious alternative to more costly 2P Xeon SP servers” and “a great choice for datacenters that want a single socket rack server with support for up to 32 CPU cores, a high memory capacity and a sharp focus on storage-centric workloads.” When evaluating server options for the datacenter, the EPYC one-socket offering should be a serious contender because there are many use cases and workloads where it makes the most sense. An optimized 1P EPYC offering can pay huge dividends in storage and compute applications, digging in with more I/O, memory and saving holistically on total cost of ownership.

This week*, Dell Technologies will bring together all its brands and thousands of business and tech professionals for the massive Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas. AMD will be there featured in several of Dell’s new platforms including their new single sockets (booth #705).  We couldn’t be more excited to participate and be able to showcase our highly scalable, single- and dual-socket servers. The Dell platforms leverage the high-performance EPYC 7000 series processors to deliver exceptional performance in key workloads like virtualized storage, cloud, and big data.

*Originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse on 4/30/18. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/industrys-first-enterprise-class-single-socket-forrest-norrod/

Recently, during a larger briefing on AMD in the Enterprise, I gave an AMD EPYC™ processor update to press and analysts on our progress since we launched last June. It was satisfying to pause for a few minutes, take stock, and reflect on the amazing momentum we’ve created in less than a year. A special guest joined me half way through with some exciting news that shows we’re just getting started on the journey in bringing value to customers through the innovations on EPYC™ processors. Below are some of the highlights from the session.

 

I started by giving a quick update on our ramp to date. Bottom line, a month away from our first birthday, we’ve been aggressive and purposeful in ramping the EPYC™ processor business, helping the industry rethink the server and the datacenter.

 

  • We’ve built a revolutionary product line eagerly adopted by world class customers, ecosystem partners, and their customers. In fact, we now have 14 server systems partners and over 50 server platforms introduced and ramping.
  • We’ve focused on rethinking the technology and economics of the server to help our customers win in the era of the software designed data center. The results are in: for virtualized environments, EPYC™ based systems can deliver up to 28% lower total cost of ownership than similarly configured Intel Xeon servers.
  • Equally important, we’ve created superior performance, value, and advanced security features in emerging, rapidly growing use cases. Here’s some of the compelling examples I walked through. I’ve put some links at the bottom of this in case you want to get your ‘geek on’ and go deep:

 

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One of the amazing customer examples I walked through was, Hivelocity. A dedicated server and cloud hosting provider, they’ve already taken the leap in deploying what we’ve coined the “industry’s first no-compromise single server” approach.  It’s paid off, according to their COO Steve Eschweiler: “Our AMD EPYC™ processor-powered Tyan servers have truly blown away our price/performance expectations”. In fact, with a single AMD EPYC processor the Hivelocity client is experiencing read/write speeds six times faster than that of two Xeon processors.

 

Quite an accomplishment. We’re proud, and thankful… But we’re just getting started.

 

I was then joined by a special guest Lee Caswell, VP of Products, Storage and Availability at VMware. Lee joined me to cover the next high-growth use case we’re rethinking: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI for short).  That same ‘no compromise’ single socket approach applied by Hivelocity has the potential of putting this hypergrowth market into warp speed.

 

For those that aren’t familiar with HCI, it is fundamental to the Software Defined Datacenter. HCI uses software-defined storage through the same server resources used to run Virtual Machines, eliminating legacy storage systems, converging all elements into a single, easily managed, pool. VMware vSAN™ runs on industry-standard x86 servers and components that help lower TCO by up to 50% versus traditional storage. Lee helped me walk through the market, the challenges, and the opportunities through the lens of the HCI industry leader, VMware vSAN. Some takeaways from Lee’s presentation:

 

  • HCI is a $5B market growing approximately 30% year over year. And, VMware vSAN is the undisputed software leader according to IDC’s latest report on April 3 of this year.
  • Customers are adopting HCI not only for the prospect of massively reducing total cost of ownership, but also to accelerate the transformation to software defined data centers (SDDC) and move towards more flexible cloud consumption models.
  • To meet customer requirements for HCI, configuration and testing are rigorous and deep. This goes well beyond just a standard Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). Many customers prefer to consume HCI as an appliance like Dell EMC’s VxRail as a result.
  • But, many customers prefer to build their own HCI systems. This is where VMware’s proven vSAN ReadyNode program has tapped into an unmet need. These servers, precisely configured and rigorously tested, help ensure that customers can be confident in their ability to quickly deploy, scale, and operate HCI clusters.  In fact, Lee mentioned that vSAN ReadyNodes actually make up the majority of vSAN implementations.
  • Finally, most vSAN ReadyNodes to date have had to be beefy two socket platforms that are ripe for optimization and new thinking for storage centric environments. That’s where VMware, Dell, and AMD EPYC are really excited about the world’s first EPYC™ processor-based VMware certified vSAN ReadyNode.

 

The AMD EPYC™ processor-powered Dell PowerEdge 7415 recently launched and received its vSAN ReadyNode certification along with its big and little brother the PowerEdge 7425 and 6415. As a “no compromise” single socket server, it was designed with the prospect of delivering leading core density and I/O capability for storage heavy HCI use cases. Well, once again, the results are in. And they’re EPYC™. Lee and I revealed recent third-party test results showing we’ve more than delivered on that potential. In fact, versus currently shipping Xeon based systems, Dell shows the EPYC processor-powered PowerEdge 7415 delivering up to 20% lower TCO and slashing licensing costs by up to half.  This is EPYC.

 

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Thank you to Lee, his team at VMware, and the Dell EMC team for the partnership.

 

To close, I’d like to reiterate that we’re only getting started, expect to see more partners, more platforms, more performance, more value, more security in the coming months as we ramp to our first birthday and beyond.  This is going to be EPYC™.

 

 

28% Lower TCO based on 3-year Virtual Machine Cost: 1. Data received from HPE TCO Calculator. Configure your own analysis at https://www.hpe. com/us/en/solutions/ tco-calculators.html. 2. Based on an estimate of 1.5 virtual machines per core, the greater number of core in AMD EPYC processors exceeds that available in Intel Xeon Scalable processors 3. Based on comparison of top published SPECrate2017_fp_base scores for HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 and DL385 Gen10. AMD EPYC results available at www.spec.org as of 4/29/2018. 4. Source of pricing Configure your own TCO analysis https://roianalyst.alinean.com/ent_02/AutoLogin.do? d=898755097515045746. HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 config: 1 x 6130 (16 Total Cores), 64GB Memory, 8 SFF Chassis, 2x800W PS, P408i-a;  HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 config: 1 x 7451 (24 Total Cores). 64GB Memory, 8 SFF Chassis, 2x800W PS, P408i-a

 

25% Fewer Servers for In Memory Analytics: Tests commissioned by AMD and run by Principled Technologies, Inc. running HiBench Spark, processing a 220 GB k-means dataset. AMD cluster of: 3 x Grandstands (chassis est. $600 ea.), each with (2) AMD EPYC 7601 SOC (AMD 1ku pricing $4200 ea), RAM: 32 x 16GB sticks ($169 ea. Samsung M393A2K40BB1-CRC per newegg.com) of DDR4 (512GB of RAM per server, 1536GB per cluster), Disk: 24 x Samsung MZ-7LM120E 120GB SSDs ($113 ea. per CDW), Network: 1 x Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx ($332.77 per newegg.com); (for total cluster cost of approx. $52,449), completed the test in 213.6 seconds; versus Intel cluster of:  4 x Lenovo servers (chassis est. $600 ea.), each with (2) Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4 ($4115 ea. per ark.intel.com), C612 chipset ($54 per ark.intel. com), RAM: 24 x 16GB sticks ($169 ea. Samsung M393A2K40BB1-CRC per newegg.com) of DDR4 (384GB of RAM per server, 1536GB per cluster), Disk: 24 x Samsung MZ-7LM120E 120GB SSDs ($113 ea. per CDW), Network: 1 x Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx ($332.77 per newegg.com), HBA: 1 x LSI LOGIC 9305-16i HBA card ($399.99 per newegg.com); (for total cluster cost of approx. $65,628), completed in 243.1 seconds. Each cluster was connected via a Mellanox SN2700 model switch, and ran Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3, Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.6, and OpenJDK 1.8.  NAP-23 Testing by Principled Technologies and not verified by AMD. This compares acquisition cost for a 4-node cluster of Intel Xeon E5 2699 v4 processor-based servers compared to a 3-node cluster of AMD EPYC 7601 processor-powered servers.  NAP-23

 

50% More Throughput for NoSQL Database: AMD EPYC 7601 based server performance comparison to Intel Xeon 2699 v4 based server in Principled Technologies white paper at http:// www.principledtechnologies.com/AMD/EPYC_ Cassandra_competitive_1217.pdf.

 

77% More Performance for Weather Research Forecasting: AMD internal testing on WRF v3.8.1 (GCC 5.4.0 compiler with Basic Nesting (WRF option) and MPI 3.2 (dmpar compile flag); CONUS 12KM dataset; WRFIO_NCD_LARGE_FILE_SUPPORT=1). Tests conducted on AMD Grandstand reference system with 2 x EYPC 7601 SoCs, 16 x 32GB DDR4-2400MHz, 3 x 350GB SATA SSDs, Ubuntu 16.04.2 completed the test in an average of 65 seconds; versus HPE DL380 server with 2 x E5-2699A v4 processors, 16 x 16GB DDR4-2400MHz, 3 x 1TB NVMe and 3 x 1TB SATA SSDs, Ubuntu 16.04.4 completed the test in an average of 115 seconds. NAP-92

 

133% Better Performance/Dollar for Supercomputing: Based on SPECfp®_rate2006 scores published on www.spec.org as of October 25, 2017.  2 x EPYC 7601 CPU ($4,200 per processor at AMD 1ku pricing) in Sugon A620-G30, Ubuntu 17.04, x86 Open64 v4.5.2.1 Compiler Suite, 512 GB PC4-2666V-R memory, running at 2400  1 x 1TB SATA 7200RPM has a peak score of 1850 (base score 1670); versus 2P Xeon Platinum 8180 ($10,009 per processor per ark.intel.com)-based Huawei 2288H V5 system with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2, ICC 17.0.0.098, 384GB PC4-2666V-R memory, 1x1200GB SAS 10000RPM score of 1890 (base score 1850).  SPEC and SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.  See www.spec.org for more information. NAP-47

26% Faster Simulations for Computational Fluid Dynamics:  Based on Dell internal testing using the ANSYs Fluent benchmark test in November 2017, comparing to a similarly configured Dell PowerEdge R7425 with a traditional processor. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability. World Record SPECfp(R)_rate2006: Result available at https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2017q4/cpu2006-20171114-50603. html.  2 x EPYC 7601 CPU in HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3, x86 Open64 v4.5.2.1 Compiler Suite, 1 TB (16 x 64GB 4Rx4 PC4-2666V-L) memory, 1 x 300 GB 15k RPM SAS.  SPEC and SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.  See www.spec.org for more information.

World Record SPECrate2017_fp_peak as of May 21, 2018: Result available at https://www.spec.org/cpu2017/results/res2018q2/ cpu2017-20180319-04087.html. Based on SPEC CPU 2017 scores published on April 19, 2018. 2 x EPYC 7601 CPU in Supermicro A+ Server 4023S-TRT, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 (x86_64) kernel 4.4.114-94.11-default, AOCC v1.0.0 compiler, 1 TB (16 x 64GB 4Rx4 PC4-2666V-L) memory, 1 x 500 GB SATA III 7200RPM has a peak score of 279 (base score 267). NAP-96

Up to 50% lower TCO VMware vSAN 6.7 Datasheet at https://www.VMware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/VMware/en/pdf/products/vsan/VMware-vsan-datasheet.pdf

Up to 20% Lower TCO and up to 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

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There might not be a better example of a synergistic technology relationship than AMD and the Linux community. Back when AMD was the first to make the transition to a 64-bit instruction set architecture (ISA), Linux support was immediate and broad. The now widely known AMD64 architecture would not have taken off as quickly and as successfully if not for the groundswell of support from the Linux community.

 

When AMD delivered the truly innovative EPYC processor last year, the call went out yet again to the Linux community and they responded in kind. These high-performance CPUs have tremendous potential to reshape the landscape of the datacenter and the enterprise, as much or more than the AMD64 architecture. Setting aside the obvious need for choice in CPU suppliers and operating systems, AMD went the extra mile and delivered to Linux supporters something truly unique and perfectly suited for the modern datacenter. AMD built a specific set of security features directly into EPYC processors, and these features are now supported in Linux. Specifically designed to encrypt data in a virtualized environment, these features address a critical need for any company working with sensitive user data and/or considering moving their infrastructure to the cloud.

 

Secure Memory Encryption (SME) implements a simple and efficient method for main memory encryption that is flexible, integrated in the CPU architecture and does not require any modifications to the application software. By encrypting DRAM and non-volatile memory technologies, SME helps protect against physical access attacks like cold boot or platform reset, or even hardware probing.  SME can encrypt all memory when enabled directly in BIOS or can provide page-level control when enabled in the OS (Linux 4.14).

 

Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) integrates main memory encryption capabilities with the existing AMD-V virtualization architecture to support encrypted virtual machines. Encrypting virtual machines helps protect them from physical threats, other virtual machines and even the hypervisor itself.  SEV guest support is in Linux 4.15 and hypervisor support in 4.16.

AMD is committed to working with our Linux community partners to deliver innovative solutions that meet the needs of modern datacenters. The AMD Software Ecosystem and Alliances team has regular technical reviews with the Linux distribution providers to align our hardware roadmaps to their releases. As a result, support for SME is now available in Red Hat 7.5; SEV guest is available in Ubuntu 18.04. Watch this space closely as SEV host capable operating systems are expected to become available later this year.

 

Details of the EPYC line of processors and the highly differentiated value proposition they deliver have been well documented in our blogs, including earlier this month when AMD demonstrated the new Dell PowerEdge systems at Dell Technologies World.

 

For a more complete picture of the integrated security features built into AMD EPYC processors, including SME and SEV, please download the Pathfinder Research whitepaper.

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The future is EPYC

Posted by dan.bounds Employee May 14, 2018

Almost one year ago, AMD stood on stage in Austin, Texas and proudly launched the AMD EPYC™ line of processors - it was a proud moment for me and the AMD team, as not only did we re-emerge in the datacenter market, but we launched a product that was true to the innovative heritage of AMD.

 

Our focus since that day has been to show customers all over the world the power and capability of this revolutionary product.  It’s been incredibly gratifying to see the momentum that is building in the market as a result.  From consumer retail to large cutting-edge research facilities, organizations of many backgrounds have begun the switch to AMD.

 

Today we are taking the next step in our journey with the AMD EPYC brand with an exciting new campaign. Much like the name itself and the strong visual identity we developed ahead of the product launch last year, we are going to be bold to drive discussion around the benefits of EPYC processor solutions and our product leadership.

 

As our director of brand, Nick Knupffer states, "The market desperately needed compelling competition and choice, but in the campaign, we show EPYC processors offer much more than that - more performance, more system resources, advanced security features, and more value than a competitive alternative. With such a powerful product offering and years of sector stagnation to disrupt, our campaign hits right at the heart of the matter. That means a bold, confident, and smart approach that steals attention and forces consideration."

 

There are going to be many different creative executions you will see in the coming weeks and months across multiple events and online.  Some of the first assets will highlight our leadership performance and differentiated features:

 

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Others target our growing partner adoption:

 

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We will also get a little provocative with the competition:

 

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I have had the pleasure of presenting the campaign concepts to a range of audiences over the last few months: customers, analysts and ecosystem partners. The reception has been overwhelmingly positive and I’m looking forward to more of the creative reaching market over the coming weeks and months as EPYC processor adoption continues to grow.

I spent this week at Dell Technologies World, and they sure know how to put on a show. The energy was palpable, with jam-packed keynotes, dynamic guru speakers and interactive breakout sessions. Dell truly is “making it real” and we are pleased to be a key technology partner along this journey with our EPYC™ single and dual socket platforms.

 

DTW Booth 2.jpgWith more than 14,000 attendees at this year’s event, our AMD booth experienced heavy traffic, with all eyes on our “AMD is EPYC” campaign highlighting Dell EMC PowerEdge products. We showed off a series of demos that underscored why EPYC is the ideal foundation for a variety of workloads including HPC (25% greater performance for workloads like Computational Fluid Dynamics[i]), database management, VM migration (simplified integration with VMware vSphere), data analytics (faster Apache Spark™ with 25% fewer servers[ii]) and more.

 

On Tuesday, I hosted a breakout session that focused on the compute, memory, I/O and security advantages of our EPYC CPUs + Dell EMC PowerEdge servers for software-defined, virtualized and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads in today’s datacenter.

 

The session covered everything from the current datacenter landscape and IT challenges with incrementalism, to how we re-entered the market with a fresh approach and unparalleled features, to the specific advantages that EPYC processors provides for target workloads, to the head-to-head comparison of both the single socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 and Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 servers against relative Intel-based platforms. The results did the talking, with the EPYC 7351 processor in the Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 delivering 33% more memory per processor[iii] and 33% more cores[iv] than the competition, and the EPYC 7601 powering the Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 offering 33% more memory per processor[v] and 14% more cores[vi] than competitive offerings, and according to Dell offers up to 20% better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge[vii]. Together with Dell EMC PowerEdge, we are redefining the rules of the modern datacenter, improving performance and adding competitive value for our customers.

 

AMD really is striking at the heart of the market with EPYC processors, and the past few days have reinforced our commitment to the EPYC portfolios of today as well as primed audiences for our plans for future generations of groundbreaking products. We are helping OEMs, cloud companies and ecosystem partners to “break the habit” of selecting the status quo and recognize the business value that we are driving with EPYC.

 

You can see more highlights and pictures from Dell Technologies World on our AMD Twitter and LinkedIn channels.


 


[i] “High Performance Computing” – the dual socket Dell EMC Poweredge R7425 delivers up to 24% improved performance vs. the HPE DL385 for containers, hypervisors, virtual machines, and cloud computing and up to 25% absolute performance improvement for HPC workloads like computational fluid dynamics [CFD].  With up to 64 cores, it offers high bandwidth with dense GPU/FPGA capability.  On standard benchmarks, the server with superior memory bandwidth and core density provided excellent results across a wide range of HPC workloads.” Data provided by ell Feb. 2018, not verified by AMD. Learn more at https://www.emc.com/about/news/press/2018/201802016-01.htm

[ii] Tests commissioned by AMD and run by Principled Technologies, Inc. running HiBench Spark, processing a 220 GB k-means dataset. AMD cluster of: 3 x "Grandstand" reference systems (chassis est. $600 ea.), each with (2) AMD EPYC 7601 SOC (AMD 1ku pricing $4200 ea), RAM: 32 x 16GB sticks ($169 ea. Samsung M393A2K40BB1-CRC per newegg.com) of DDR4 (512GB of RAM per server, 1536GB per cluster), Disk: 24 x Samsung MZ-7LM120E 120GB SSDs ($113 ea. per CDW), Network: 1 x Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx ($332.77 per newegg.com) - for total cluster cost of approx. $52,449 - completed the test in 213.6 seconds; versus Intel cluster of:  4 x Lenovo servers (chassis est. $600 ea.), each with (2) Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4 ($4115 ea. per ark.intel.com), C612 chipset ($54 per ark.intel.com), RAM: 24 x 16GB sticks ($169 ea. Samsung M393A2K40BB1-CRC per newegg.com) of DDR4 (384GB of RAM per server, 1536GB per cluster), Disk: 24 x Samsung MZ-7LM120E 120GB SSDs ($113 ea. per CDW), Network: 1 x Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx ($332.77 per newegg.com), HBA: 1 x LSI LOGIC 9305-16i HBA card ($399.99 per newegg.com)- for total cluster cost of approx. $65,628 - completed in 243.1 seconds. Each cluster was connected via a  Mellanox SN2700 model switch, and ran Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3, Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.6, and OpenJDK 1.8.  NAP-23

[iii] AMD EPYC™ 7351 processor supports up to 8 channels of DDR4-2400, versus the Xeon Gold 5118 processor at 6 channels of DDR4-2400. NAP-42

[iv] AMD EPYC™ 7351 processor includes up to 16 CPU cores versus the Intel® Xeon® Gold 5118 processor with 12 CPU cores.

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

[vi] AMD EPYC 7601 processor includes up to 32 CPU cores versus the Xeon Platinum 8180 processor with 28 CPU cores. NAP-43

[vii] From Dell EMC Press release, “Dell EMC Expands Server Capabilities for Software-defined, Edge and High-Performance Computing”. The 2U single-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 is the first server platform with vSAN Ready Nodes and offers up to 20% better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge.  Based on Dell internal analysis in January 2017, comparing the projected list price cost of a similarly configured Dell PowerEdge R7415 single-socket server versus the actual list cost of a traditional dual-socket server. Actual costs will vary.