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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

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


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:




Others target our growing partner adoption:




We will also get a little provocative with the competition:




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.