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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 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