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