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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