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New Dell Technologies HCI systems are the latest to tap AMD EPYCprocessors to deliver efficient infrastructure and simplified management for the enterprise 

 

Editor's Note: We invite you to join Greg Gibby, AMD data center expert, on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 11am CDT as he provides insights on how to deliver the most from your HCI deployment. Please register for the webinar here

 

The IT landscape is in a state of evolution. Leaders are reconfiguring their infrastructure to support the new “work from anywhere” environment while continuing to support a transition to digital business, and ensuring they are doing all of this while driving value. It is a big task for the modern-day IT leader. One of the ways to help succeed in this new normal is by creating an IT infrastructure that is flexible, powerful, efficient, secure, and simple to manage.

 

This is why Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is a fantastic option for enterprises. It takes all the elements of a traditional “hardware-defined” IT infrastructure and evolves it into a “software-defined” virtualized environment that is simpler to manage and operate. HCI provides the scalability and simplicity of the cloud with the performance of on-premise infrastructure.

 

In a “traditional infrastructure” featuring hardware-based solutions, compute servers, networking, storage and fiber channel are independent systems managed separately. HCI consolidates these disparate systems into one or two solutions to increase efficiency and flexibility, while simplifying management.

 

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Overview

Modern HCI Data Centers, Powered by AMD EPYC

When enterprises are considering an HCI environment, they look at appliances and solutions that are powered by computing processors that deliver three things:

 

  1. Support for a densely virtualized environment, as this is the underpinning of HCI. More virtual machines equal more capabilities.
  2. Peace of mind in moving to a software-defined virtualized environment protected by advanced security features.
  3. Performance and efficiency that reduces overhead and operations costs, improving overall TCO.

 

With HCI environments powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, customers get a flexible, powerful, efficient, and simple to manage IT infrastructure with robust security capabilities. This is done with the industry’s first “no compromise” single socket processor with up to 64 processing cores, and advanced security features like Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV). SEV aids in protecting confidentiality of data even if a malicious virtual machine finds a way into a virtual machine’s memory, or a compromised hypervisor reaches into a guest virtual machine.

 

All of this enables IT decision makers to build a powerful and secure-minded HCI environment that can provide exceptional TCO advantages for the customer, allowing them to free up valuable resources to be applied elsewhere in a business.

 

Dell Technologies Expands Support of AMD EPYC Processors

Dell Technologies today announced the addition of AMD EPYC processor support to its new Dell EMC VxRail E Series hyperconverged systems. This latest addition further expands the portfolio of HCI solutions and appliances powered by AMD EPYC processors.

 

The new Dell EMC VxRail E665, E665F, and E665N hyperconverged systems take advantage of the powerful performance capabilities, high core counts, and class leading memory bandwidth[i] of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors.

 

The only fully integrated, pre-configured, and pre-tested VMware hyperconverged system powered with VMware HCI software, these new VxRail systems with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors deliver a turnkey experience with full stack lifecycle management, enabling customers to accelerate their adoption of a modern HCI data center environment.

 

AMD EPYC and VMware

Software is critical to running a high-performance HCI environment. As the leading provider of HCI software[ii], VMware has a robust set of HCI software offerings, including vSphere and vSAN, that support AMD EPYC processors and can help an IT leader make the switch to an HCI environment. 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors can provide unmatched performance capabilities for VMware software, as shown by a world record VMmark 3.1 score (using vSAN as the storage tier in a 4-node cluster).[iii]

 

“The performance and density innovation in AMD 2nd Gen EPYC processors is lighting up our mutual customers who are bringing the most performant use cases to the VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu,” said Lee Caswell, VP Marketing, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “VMware and AMD are working together to help customers reinvent the data center based on server-based, scale-out architectures that flex to the pace and economic realities of today’s modern application developer environments.”

 

The Dell EMC VxRail E Series systems use VMware vSphere and vSAN for virtualization and storage management, and 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors provide VMware customers with the performance and security features to modernize their data center infrastructure with HCI.

 

Your Best Computing Engine for Modern HCI

If you are looking to move to an HCI environment with your IT infrastructure to manage overhead, provide high-performance services to your business and keep up with the evolution into a digital workspace, AMD EPYC processors are the clear choice for modern HCI.

 

The new Dell EMC VxRail E Series systems with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors continue the technical collaboration between AMD, Dell Technologies and VMware to provide customers with performance, scalability, and advanced security features for all their HCI needs. The VxRail portfolio is now available and customers can learn more here.

 

Dan McNamara is the SVP and GM of the server business at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites or use of third-party names/marks are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

[i] EPYC 7002 series has 8 memory channels, supporting 3200 MHz DIMMs yielding 204.8 GB/s of bandwidth vs. the same class of Intel Scalable Gen 2 processors with only 6 memory channels and supporting 2933 MHz DIMMs yielding 140.8 GB/s of bandwidth. 204.8 / 140.8 = 1.454545 - 1.0 = .45 or 45% more.  AMD EPYC has 45% more bandwidth. Class based on industry-standard pin-based (LGA) X86 processors. ROM-11

[ii] According to IDC data https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS46148920

[iii] 47% higher score amd 56% more tiles (VMs) based on VMmark 3.1 vSAN comparing 2x EPYC 7F72 scoring 13.27 @ 14 tiles (266 VMs), https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/vmmark/2020-04-14-DellEMC-PowerEdge-R6525.pdf compared to the next highest competitive result on 2x Intel Xeon Platinum 8276L scoring 9.00 @ 9 tiles (171 VMs), https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/vmmark/2019-08-12-Hitachi-UCPHC-V124N.pdf). 47% higher score = 13.27/9 = 1.474x the score and 56% more tiles (VMs) = 14/9=1.555x the tiles (VMs) as of 4/14/20. VMmark is a product of VMware, Inc. ROM-639

AMD Ryzen Processors – AMD Business Solutions for Every User

With today’s launch of the Ryzen PRO 4000 series mobile processors, AMD offers a range of business solutions to meet the computing needs for modern businesses. Whether your business is a SMB or a large enterprise, devices are IT managed or BYOD (Bring your own device), AMD’s portfolio of Ryzen processors and Ryzen PRO processors offer businesses the flexibility to choose the right solution based on their performance, manageability and security feature requirements.
Ryzen 4000 for Business
Business can choose between,

  • AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processors: Ideal for SMB environments who needs advanced performance and security features in a sleek ultra-thin business notebook.
  • Or the AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Series Mobile Processors: Built for Premium Business Notebooks and provide enhanced multithread performance, the best performance for business ultrathins[1]and most modern security[2] in a business notebook.

 

Modern Business Designs from our OEM Partners

Ryzen PRO 4000 HP DesignsRyzen PRO 4000 Lenovo Designs

Our partners, HP and Lenovo, have also recently announced some of their new business notebooks that are powered by the AMD Ryzen 4000 processors and Ryzen PRO 4000 series processors.

  • HP ProBook x360 435 G7 & ProBook 445/455 G7 powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 series processors are ideal for SMBs needing powerful and stylish laptop that provides everything they need to get work done both in and outside the office. The HP ProBook x360 435 G7 delivers the power, security features and durability that growing businesses demand in a versatile 360-degree design.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T14/T14s/X13/L14/15 powered by AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 series processors deliver next generation thin and light enterprise-grade notebooks. With projected up to 20 hours of battery life[3] on the Thinkpad T14s with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U processor, experience powerful performance on the go, while still having exceptional battery life.

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Series Processors – The New Standard for Modern Business PCs

Ryzen PRO 4000 Ryzen PRO 4000 Product Stack

The AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Series launch introduces three new models to our lineup. The AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, 5 PRO 4650U, and 3 PRO 4350U processors. These new PRO processors are ideal for enterprise businesses that demand the most advanced technology[4], the best performance for business ultrathins[1], and most modern security features[2] in a business notebook.

 

Performance for the Fast-Paced Business

Ryzen PRO 4000 PerformanceRyzen PRO 4000 Performance
AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 series represents a major generational leap in performance over the predecessors across the board including single-thread, multi-thread and graphics performance.[5]
For business environments that use the Microsoft Office suite, this also translates to an improved experience during typical office productivity tasks. From up to 19% improvement in light applications such as Microsoft Word, to up to 77% faster in more demanding applications like Excel.[6]

 

AMD PRO technologies – Security features, Simple manageability and Ready for Business

Ryzen PRO 4000 PRO technologies

AMD PRO technologies provides layers of security features, seamless manageability, and reliable longevity so you can work confidently. AMD innovations go beyond pure speed because today’s modern workplace needs every possible advantage.

 

Layers of Security Features with AMD PRO security

Ryzen PRO 4000 Security LayersRyzen PRO 4000 Security Features

Today’s sophisticated attacks demand a modern approach to help protect what’s important. AMD PRO security provides layers of defenses, from silicon up through OS and system level security. AMD PRO security includes features such as:

  • AMD Architecture: AMD “Zen 2” Core is architected with a focus on security to withstand today’s more sophisticated attacks
  • AMD Memory Guard: Full memory encryption to help protect sensitive data should your PC be lost or stolen[7]
  • OS and OEM Security Features: AMD works closely with Microsoft and OEMs to enable and complement their enterprise-level security features

 

 

Simple and Reliable with AMD PRO manageability and AMD PRO business ready

Ryzen PRO 4000 ManageabilityRyzen PRO 4000 Manageability

AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Processors with AMD PRO manageability enable IT Professionals to easily and confidently administer PC fleets within the organization. Whether your IT team is upgrading to modern manageability with Microsoft Endpoint Manager, Or you’re sticking to traditional management with common IT tools. AMD Ryzen PRO processors support both strategies, so you have the flexibility based on your business infrastructure.
AMD Ryzen PRO Processor are also an enterprise-grade computing solution just like all previous PRO processors. They are designed for quality and reliability, in addition to platform longevity, to help provide peace of mind.

 

Click Here to learn more about our new lineup of AMD Ryzen Processor for Business

 

David Tjong, Product Marketing Manager 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
“Zen” is a codename for AMD architecture and is not a product name. GD-122


1. “Processor for business ultrathin notebooks" defined as 15W typical TDP. Testing as of 1/24/2020 by AMD Performance Labs on a Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U Reference Platform vs. i7-10710U (Dell XPS 13) vs. i7-1065G7 (Dell XPS 7390 2in1) vs. i7-8665U (Lenovo ThinkPad T490s). Results may vary. RNP-13
2. As of February 2020. Defined by Microsoft secured core PC – Modern security RNP-22
3. Tested on MobileMark 14; Actual battery life will vary based on several factors, including, but not limited to: system configuration and software, settings, product use and age, and operating conditions. AMD has not independently tested or verified the battery life claim. GD-168..
4. As of February 2020. "Most advanced technology " defined as superior 7nm process technology in a smaller node, 15W typical TDP. RNP-18
5. Testing as of 1/24/2020 by AMD Performance Labs on a Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U Reference Platform vs. Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U (HP EliteBook 745 G6). 3DMark is a registered trademark of Futuremark Corporation. Results may vary. RNP-5
6. Testing as of 1/24/2020 by AMD Performance Labs on a Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U Reference Platform vs. Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U (HP EliteBook 745 G6). PCMark is a registered trademark of Futuremark Corporation. Results may vary. RNP-6
7. For general business laptops and desktops, the AMD Memory Guard feature is included in AMD PRO processors. PP-3

Ryzen PRO 4000 EndnotesRyzen PRO 4000 EndnotesRyzen PRO 4000 Endnotes

Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) have a half century of history. They laid the foundation for modern business computing. Today, many types of data stores and data management systems are deployed. Still, RDBMS remains the core of enterprise applications for transaction processing, business analytics, and decision support systems – all part of the enterprise business.

 

While the foundational aspects of RDBMS remain the same, many enterprises demand NoSQL systems, Object Stores and others for real-time processing over vast amounts of data. With “Data-driven decision making” an increasingly common theme across businesses today, smart data processing helps to bring mission-critical business insights to the fingertips. Plus, thanks to the technological innovations for enabling the democratization of data, many applications and data that were once available only for resource-rich enterprises, are now available to businesses of all sizes.

 

Trading, fraud and anomaly detection, recommendation engines, logistics management, transportation route planning, financial modeling, activity trackers, and many more applications require extreme compute power to consume a huge amount of data in real-time in order to bring insights to modern businesses. These businesses have realized that real-time analytics capabilities can provide a competitive advantage in today’s data-driven world. Their urgency for faster competitive insights from data is driving greater demand for computing power in enterprise data centers across the globe. In response to this growing demand, we at AMD have introduced three new processors in the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processor family.

 

AMD EPYC 7Fx2 Processors

With up to 500MHz of additional base frequency over existing 2nd Gen EPYC processors and large amounts of L3 cache per core, AMD EPYC 7Fx2 features the world’s highest per-core performance x86 CPU1. These new processors are taking computing performance to new heights by pushing the limits of computing throughput in every AMD “Zen 2” core to deliver the most performance. With the increased L3 cache that helps to keep data close to the execution core, the new AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors bring leadership performance to relational databases for transactional processing and real-time analytics.

 

Processor

Base Frequency

Boost Frequency2

(up to)

 

Cores / Processor

Memory Channels

Maximum Memory / Socket (DDR4-3200)

PCIe Gen4 Lanes / System

AMD EPYC 7F32

3.7 GHz

3.9 GHz

8

8

4 TB

128

AMD EPYC 7F52

3.5 GHz

3.9 GHz

16

8

4 TB

128

AMD EPYC7F72

3.2 GHz

3.7 GHz

24

8

4 TB

128

 

At AMD, we have worked closely with ecosystem partners in optimizing the performance of leading RDBMS on AMD EPYC processors to offer companies like yours the best performance and low TCO.

 

Another unique aspect of the AMD 7Fx2 EPYC processor is its ability to support up to 4TB memory per processor. That is 8TB of memory in a standard two-processor system places a large amount of data close to the processors enabling real-time analytics over large datasets. In addition, the 2nd Gen EPYC family’s industry-first support for PCIe 4 enables high-speed network connectivity, NVMe storage and connectivity to accelerators (FPGA, GPU, etc.).

 

Let me highlight three examples.

 

1) Microsoft SQL Server is a leading RDBMS. SQL Server 2019 builds on previous releases to grow as a platform that gives you choices of development languages, data types, on-premises or cloud environments, and operating systems.

 

The results below demonstrate how AMD EPYC based systems deliver high performance for Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) performance with Microsoft SQL Server 2019.

 

 

2) Another example I’d like to bring up here is with AMD EPYC processors with Oracle Database, a multi-model database management system. Oracle Database continues to deliver leading-edge innovations, including machine learning, to enable self-driving data management. This enterprise-proven, database cloud service is designed to support mixed workloads through any deployment strategy, on-premises, or in the cloud.

 

Best performance for database applications is the synergic outcome of number of vCPUs, size of memory, storage with high throughput IOPS and network speed configured on the instance types used on the infrastructure side.  A performance leadership similar to Microsoft SQL Server was found when we tested AMD EPYC 7Fx2 Processors with Oracle Database 19c on RHEL 7.7 using HammerDB.

 

3) I can quote many more examples on the performance leadership of AMD EPYC 7Fx2 family of processors but will bring up one more here. Read the results from the test on MySQL using IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers to see how capable IBM Cloud Bare Metal Instances are at optimizing the I/O throughput for database applications.

 

While we focused on bringing the highest possible performance to your data center, we kept a laser focus on helping ensure your cost efficiency. AMD EPYC processors enable sustained transaction throughput and linear scaling that allows you to right-size the compute power for your application needs to more easily achieve a lower total cost of ownership -- you pay only for the cores you actually need and optimize your core-based software licensing model costs.

 

With innovative architecture and security features, the new AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors can provide enterprise data centers running transactional databases on SQL Server with up to 10% higher TPM per-core performance at an estimated 35% lower CPU cost per TPM2. We are here to help you derive faster insights from your data center.

 

Contact your preferred IT infrastructure provider and start accelerating your time to insight.

 

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  1. Highest per core performance in the world based on EPYC 7F32 (8-cores) having the highest SPECrate 2017_fp_base score divided by total core count, of all SPEC publications as of 4/14/2020. 1x EPYC 7F32 (8-cores) scoring 12.875 base result per core (103 SPECrate 2017_fp_base/16 total cores, www.spec.org/cpu2017/results/res2020q2/cpu2017-20200316-21228.pdf) compared to the next highest result 1x AMD EPYC 7262 (8-cores) scoring 11.54 base result per core (92.3 SPECrate 2017_fp_base/8 total cores, http://spec.org/cpu2017/results/res2020q1/cpu2017-20191220-20435.pdf) See www.spec.org/cpu2017/results for full ranking. SPEC and SPECrate are trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Learn more at www.spec.org ROM-570
  2. Testing as of 3.20.2020 by AMD Performance Labs. Up to 10% higher SQL Server tpm-per-core/lower cost-per-tpm. Workload: HammerDB 3.3 (TPC-C profile - The workload is derived from the TPC-C Benchmark, and as such is not comparable to published TPC-C Benchmark results, as the HammerDB OLTP workload results do not comply with the TPC-C benchmark). Configurations: 2x EPYC 7F32 (16C total, $4200) scoring 2,692,958 tpm (168,310 tpm per core at $0.00156 per tpm). 2x Xeon Gold 6244 (16C total, $5850) scoring 2,446,340 tpm (152,896 tpm per core at $0.00239 per tpm). Results may vary. ROM-572

I introduced the 2nd Generation of AMD EPYC and its world record capabilities for the data center ecosystem when we launched the 2nd Gen in this blog. Now, continuing the legacy of choice without restriction, the next set of AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors brings the world’s highest per-core performance x86 server CPU*. With a balanced architecture, the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors increase the boost and max frequencies by 500MHz. That, combined with the industry's most robust L3 cache per core ratio, enables applications to optimize each SoC's core capabilities. Make the most of your software investment - especially if paying on a per-core or per-job basis.  

 

Designed to redefine the modern data center, the new processors bring leadership per-core performance for enterprise workloads in hyperconverged infrastructure, commercial HPC, and relational databases. The 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors deliver World Record performance on many industry-standard benchmarks and bring performance leadership into the following areas:

  • Hyperconverged Infrastructure: Supported by industry-leading platforms such as Nutanix and VMWare vSAN, the new AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors enable groundbreaking performance for HCI. Nutanix announced that Nutanix HCI software would support select AMD EPYC based HPE ProLiant servers by May, and the upcoming availability of AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors on DX platforms in Q3. The popular infrastructure benchmark, VMMark 3.1 running on vSAN, scored 13.27 at 14 tiles (collection of VMs) using the new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 7F72 Processor – a world record performance for 4-node, 8-socket clusters that are 47% higher than the next closest competition using 25% fewer cores. Here is a link to the results. 
  • Relational Database Management Systems: Process mission-critical workloads for modern enterprises. High-performance CPUs, massive memory footprint, and industry-leading I/O enable high performance for transactional (OLTP) and Decision Support System (DSS) performance. Our internal tests show Relational Database Management Systems like Oracle Database 19c and Microsoft SQL Server 2019 perform significantly better than other comparable industry CPUs. AMD EPYC and its ecosystem partners offer jointly engineered solutions for big data workloads. With a large cache per core, ample memory capacity and bandwidth, and massive I/O combine in the right ratios of the EPYC 7002 series processors help enable breakthrough performance. For example, the EPYC 7Fx2 processor sets a new overall world record on an industry-standard Internet-of-Things benchmark.
  • High Performance Computing: Many high-performance computing (HPC) workloads require a balance between performance and per-core license costs to manage overall costs. AMD EPYC processors offer a consistent set of features across the product line, allowing you to optimize the number of cores required for the workload without sacrificing features like memory channels, memory capacity, or I/O lanes. Regardless of the number of physical cores per socket, you will have support for eight channels of up to DDR4-3200 MHz memory per processor across all processors. This exceptional memory bandwidth paired with large cache per core helps you get the most out of your system by optimizing execution time and overall utilization of your deployment. In AMD Performance Labs, we tested Ansys CFX 2019 R1 and across five test cases, we saw an average per-core performance gain of 94% on the 16-core EPYC 7F52 compared to 16-core Intel XeonGold 6242. Other testing completed includes LSTC LS-Dyna AnsysFluent, Dassault Systèmes Abaqus, Altair Radioss OpenFoam, and WRF as a few examples of HPC applications that can benefit from the new EPYC 7Fx2 processors.

 

With the AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors, AMD EPYC CPUs continue to be the new standard for business applications in enterprise data centers and maintain an exceptional focus on real-world outcomes and balanced architecture. At AMD, we are committed to continuing our journey of innovative leadership. A journey focused on bringing the leadership performance and total cost of ownership across key application areas in your data center.

 

We are grateful to our partners who have collaborated with our engineers for a wide range of data center use cases by engineering solutions that help deliver high performance and efficiency at a lower total cost of ownership:

Altair, Ansys, Asrock, Asus, Atos, AWS, Baidu AI Cloud, Beamr, Broadcom, Cadence, Canonical, Ceph, Cisco, Citrix, Cloudera, Cloudflare, Couchbase, Cray, Datastax, Dassault Systèmes, DellEMC, Docker, Dropbox, Elastic, Ericsson, ESI, Excelero, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Google, H3C, Hadoop, Hetzner, Hortonworks, HPE, IBM Cloud, Inventec, Java, Lenovo, LSTC, MapR, MarkLogic, Mavenir, Mellanox, MemSQL, Mentor, Micron, Microsoft, Microfocus | Vertica, MongoDB, Netscout, Nokia, Nutanix, NVIDIA, Oracle, OVH, Packet, PGS, PostgreSQL, QCT, Quobyte, Redislabs, Rehat, Samsung, SAP, SAS, ScaleMP, Seagate, Siemens, Simplivity, SKhynix, Splunk, SQL Server, Stormagic, Supermicro, SUSE, Synopsys, Tencent Cloud, Transwarp, Tyan, VMware, Weka.io, Western Digital, Wistron, Wiwynn, Xilinx.

 

Raghu Nambiar is a CVP of Datacenter Ecosystems & Application Engineering for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites or use of third party names/marks are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

ENDNOTES

*EPYC 7F32

  1. 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors used on motherboards designed for the 1st Gen AMD EPYC processor require a BIOS update from your server manufacturer.  The EPYC 7742, 7642 and 7542 are 225w parts and require additional updates, contact your server manufacturer for support. For PCIe4 and DDR4-3200 memory support, please contact your server manufacturer. A motherboard designed for 2nd Gen EPYC processors is required to enable all available functionality. ROM-06a
  2. EPYC002 series has 8-memory channels, supporting 3200 MHz DIMMs yielding 204.8 GB/s of bandwidth vs. the same class of Intel Scalable Gen 2 processors with only 6-memory channels and supporting 2933 MHz DIMMs yielding 140.8 GB/s of bandwidth. 204.8 / 140.8 = 1.454545 - 1.0 = .45 or 45% more. AMD EPYC has 45% more bandwidth. Class based on industry-standard pin-based (LGA) X86 processors. ROM-11
  3. For a complete list of world records, see http://amd.com/worldrecords. ROM-169
  4. Each 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors support up to 4TB of DRAM. Intel Scalable Platinum 8200 and lower series processors can support up to 2TB of DRAM per ark.intel.com, July 9, 2019. Class based on industry-standard pin-based (LGA) X86 processors. ROM-265
  5. Based on AMD internal testing of ANSYS CFX2019 R1 running Release 14.0 test cases as of 3/24/2020 on a 2x EPYC 7F52 (16C) powered reference server versus a 2x Intel Xeon Gold 6242 (16C) powered server. Results may vary. ROM-590
  6. AMD EPYC 7F32 with 8-cores and 128MB of L3 cache has ~3.6x more L3 cache per core than the next highest competitive same core-count CPU from Intel, the IntelXeon Gold 6250 processor with 8-cores and 35.75MB of L3 cache. 128 / 35.75 = 3.5804 or ~3.6x the L3 cache or ~2.6x more L3 cache per core. ROM-604
  7. 47% higher score amd 56% more tiles (VMs) based on VMmark 3.1 vSANcomparing 2x EPYC 7F72 scoring 13.27 @ 14 tiles (266 VMs), https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/vmmark/2020-04-14-DellEMC-PowerEdge-R6525.pdf compared to the next highest competitive result on 2x Intel Xeon Platinum 8276L scoring 9.00 @ 9 tiles (171 VMs), https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/vmmark/2019-08-12-Hitachi-UCPHC-V124N.pdf). 47% higher score = 13.27/9 = 1.474x the score and 56% more tiles (VMs) = 14/9=1.555x the tiles (VMs) as of 4/14/20. VMmark is a product of VMware, Inc. ROM-639
  8. Best published TPCExpress Benchmark IoT Overall world record result as of 04/01/20. Configuration: 2nd Gen EPYC 7F72 powered server with 4-nodes, 1-socket scoring 2480917.6 IoTps ($0.18 USD/IoTps, avail 4/14/20, tpc.org/####). The next highest published score is on a 2nd Gen EPYC 7502P powered server with 4-nodes, 1-socket scoring 2199052.90 IoTps ($0.20 USD/IoTps, avail 3/30/20, http://www.tpc.org/5758). TPC, TPC Benchmark and TPC-C are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. ROM-626

With the AMD EPYC™ processor family, our goal is to provide our customers the right performance, in cores and speed, for the workloads they run in their environment. Today, we’re growing the EPYC family and giving our customers more performance choices for their workloads.

 

When we introduced the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processor, we were the first to bring an x86 server processor with 64 cores to the market. Today, we're now adding our fifth 64 core processor to the 2nd Gen EPYC stack with the AMD EPYC™ 7662. This processor is a great entry point into the 64-core market, providing customers access to the same high-performance 'Zen 2' cores as one of the world's fastest x86 server processors with the AMD EPYC 7H12[i], but at a lower cost point compared to other mainstream AMD EPYC 64 core processors.

 

The other new addition, the AMD EPYC™ 7532, provides customers with a high performance, 32 core processor with a total of 256MB of L3 cache, the same amount as the 2nd Gen EPYC 64 core processors. The AMD EPYC 7532 is great for cache sensitive workloads, like ANSYS® CFX®, giving each core access up to 8MB of L3 cache. On average across all ANSYS CFX benchmarks, the AMD EPYC 7532 has 111% better performance compared to the Intel Xeon 6248.

 

These two processors still have all the features of the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor family including 128 lanes of PCIe® 4.0, support for up to 3200MHz memory and advanced security features[ii].

 

Dell Technologies and Supermicro will be the first partners to support these two new processors. Both processors are available now on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R6515, R7515, R6525, R7525 and C6525 servers. Both processors are also available now on all Supermicro A+ servers, while the Supermicro “Big Twin” server supports the AMD EPYC 7532. HPE and Lenovo are expected to support these two new AMD EPYC processors in the coming months.

 

Learn more the new processors here and see product details below.

 

Model

Default TDP (W)CoresThreadsBase Frequency (GHz)Max. Boost Frequency (Ghz)[iii]L3 $ (MB)
7662225W641282.0GhzUp to 3.3Ghz256MB
7532200W32642.4GhzUp to 3.3Ghz256MB

 

 

[i] 2P 2nd Gen EPYC™ 7H12 powered server has set the 2-socket world record on the SPECrate® 2017 Floating Point (Base) benchmark with a score of 529 SPECrate® 2017_fp_base. http://www.spec.org/cpu2017/results/res2019q4/cpu2017-20190918-18500.html as of 11/13/19. ROM-396

[ii] Some supported features and functionality of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors require a BIOS update from your server manufacturer when used with a motherboard designed for the 1st Gen AMD EPYC series processor. A motherboard designed for 2nd Gen EPYC processors is required to enable all available functionality. ROM-06

[iii] Max boost for AMD EPYC processors is the maximum frequency achievable by any single core on the processor under normal operating conditions for server systems. EPYC-18

We are excited to be at SC’19 with our friends and family of ecosystem partners. I’d like to share my thoughts on how AMD has unleashed the EPYC revolution for HPC. AMD is all about innovation and our mission is to deliver products that help to solve the world’s toughest challenges – in life sciences, earth science, energy, manufacturing, fundamental research, oil and gas, machine intelligence and many more. We celebrated our 50th anniversary milestone this year with what analysts called the ‘7nm storm’. The 7nm EPYC, Radeon and Ryzen processors bring new possibilities to the new era of computing with ground-breaking performance and outstanding power efficiency driving lower TCO.

 

Creating an inflection point with trailblazing performance and unprecedented scalability for today’s HPC workloads, AMD EPYC processors mark the next milestone in “exascale computing” characterized by compute power in exaFLOPS, or a quintillion floating-point calculations per second. AMD is uniquely positioned to lead the exascale era with CPU and GPU technologies. We are collaborating with the US Dept of Energy, Cray and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to build the world’s fastest supercomputer named Frontier, expected to hit 1.5 exaflops. This will be five times faster than today’s top supercomputers. Powered by AMD CPUs and GPUs, Frontier will help model the entire lifespan of a nuclear reactor, uncover disease genetics, and build on recent developments in science and technology to further integrate artificial intelligence with data analytics and modeling and simulation.

 

HPC touches every aspects of lives. HPC in the enterprise segment also is being accelerated as many industries are looking for faster and safer solutions for real world problems, challenging the status quo to find breakthrough innovations in fields such as weather modeling and simulation, materials and manufacturing industries, oil and gas, healthcare and medicine, to name a few. HPC requires high performance CPUs.

 

HPC is all about high performance CPUs. AMD EPYC offers a range of processor options for HPC. Let me highlight two specific CPUs from our broad portfolio of processors. EPYC 7542, with 32 cores (2.9GHz base, up to 3.4GHz boost, 225W TDP) and 128MB of L3 cache, has been a popular option in the middle of the market, while EPYC 7742, with 64 cores (2.25GHz base, up to 3.4GHz boost, 225W) and 256MB of L3 cache, has been a popular choice at the high end. New addition to our innovative portfolio is the EPYC 7H12 which packs 64 cores (2.6GHz base, up to 3.3GHz boost, 280W TDP) specifically built for extreme performance. Here are some examples of how AMD EPYC steps up the game, yet again. Our ecosystem partners have announced highly optimized server platform for HPC to address the performance and scalability needs of emerging demands.

 

Faster Weather Forecasting

We are reminded of the importance of weather forecasting every day. AMD EPYC empowers solutions to more efficiently predict weather, including weather-related natural disasters, which helps reduce the enormity of losses caused by these disasters. 

 

The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model is a popular application for predicting weather. It is used for both atmospheric research and operational weather forecasting applications. It’s data assimilation system and parallel compute capability allows WRF to server a wide range of meteorological applications.

 

AMD EPYC demonstrates exceptional performance and scalability running WRF and AMD EPYC 7742 has been a popular choice for it. With 128 cores and 256 threads in dual CPU configurations EPYC 7742 powered servers have demonstrated approximately twice the performance of our previous generation of EPYC processors. Since WRF is open source, there are no software license costs to consider in choosing the number of cores that you run.

See additional 2nd Gen AMD EPYC performance test reports running WRF use cases here.

 

Building Faster Physical Models through Computational Fluid Dynamics

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is another critical workload for solving today’s engineering challenges. We have tested several CFD codes and demonstrated industry leading performance on AMD EPYC 7002 series of processors. I want to highlight ANSYS CFX, a popular application which has a long history and is best known for its ability to simulate turbomachinery accurately and quickly.  Let us look at a performance of ANSYS CFX running on two mid-range SKUs – Intel Xeon Gold 6248 processor with 20 cores, 2.5GHz base frequency and 27.5MB cache, and, AMD 2nd Gen EPYC 7542 with 32 cores, 2.5GHX base frequency and 128MB of cache. 

On five standard ANSYS CFX benchmark models, the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 7542 significantly outperforms the Xeon Gold 6248. Efficiently running this many cores per CPU with stellar results allows for much denser solutions.  More density with better performance allows reductions in total systems required resulting in, lower power, and a smaller footprint in the data center. 

 

Automotive Safety is Top of Mind

Driving a safe car is one of the highest priorities for consumers. Designing a safe car quickly is one of the highest priorities for automotive manufacturers. Designing better and safer products requires the engineers to predict the consequence of any design changes on the real-world performance of their product. 2nd Gen AMD EPYC allows car makers to analyze the safety of their designs faster, leading to safer cars and faster time to market. 

 

Altair Radioss is a leading structural analysis solver and has established itself as a leader and an industry standard for automotive crash, drop & impact analysis, terminal ballistic, blast and explosion effects and high velocity impacts.

Altair Radioss was used to compare the performance of the highest core-count 2nd Gen EPYC processor (AMD EPYC 7742) vs. the highest core-count industry-standard pin-based (LGA) competitive processor (Intel Xeon Platinum 8280).  We ran 2 standard benchmarks on both systems.  The results are summarized below.

Comparing the top of the product stack of 2nd Gen EPYC processors and Intel Xeon Platinum processors, once again demonstrates the dominant performance of the 2nd Gen EPYC processors.  The 7742 is 38% faster on average than the Intel Platinum 8280 across these two benchmark models.

 

See how AMD EPYC supports real world simulation for safety from the performance test results on Radioss.

2nd Generation EPYC processors are truly changing the game in HPC, delivering exceptional performance on real-world workloads.  Talk to your AMD sales team, your software partner, or your server partner to find out which AMD EPYC processor best fits your workload’s demands.  Innovation is in our DNA.  We are just getting started on the EPYC journey to revolutionize HPC!

 

We are grateful to our technology partners who have collaborated with our engineers in creating a wide range of datacenter application use cases:  Altair, Ansys, Atos, Broadcom, Cadence, Cray, Dassault Systems, Dell EMC, Docker, ESI Group, Gigabyte, HPE, LSTC, Mellanox, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Micron, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, Samsung, ScaleMP, Siemens PLM, Supermicro, SUSE, Synopsys, WekaIO, Xilinx and others.

 

Raghu Nambiar is the CVP & CTO of Datacenter Ecosystems & Application Engineering 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. 

By Pawel Jaruga, 3D Artist, Poland

 

 

Creative technology for the ages

 

Over the course of my decade-long career as a 3D artist and digital sculptor, there has never been greater opportunity for creative freedom as there is today. With access to powerful software and hardware, professionals in creative industries today are able to put all of their efforts into bringing their vision to life – without being held back by technology.

 

 

At the start of my career, I found that my creative vision was often limited to creating and delivering what was easy, achievable and realistic. A decade on, and with several investments in technology along the way, my creative process – from modelling and texturing to shading and rendering – has allowed me to create increasingly detailed models faster and more seamlessly.

 

In the past, when processors (CPU) and graphic cards (GPU) didn’t have the high-performance capabilities they do today, I found that I was constrained by the number of triangles and faces I could achieve and the textures I could create in a character model.

 

This lack of processing power made things challenging when I was working from home using a single workstation as everything took so long, especially when creating animations. Even the difference in hardware now compared to three years ago has given my workflow a huge boost.

 

In my everyday workflow, I now use the 3D sculpting software Zbrush and several GPU renderers including AMD Radeon ProRender, while my hardware includes AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100 Graphics (provided to me by AMD) and an 8-Core 4.0 GHz processor with 64GB RAM. With previous hardware a few years ago, I was creating models where 20-50 million triangles models were considered a lot for a freelancer. But today, my workstation can handle upwards of 200 million triangles. So for high poly models going up to 70-120 million of triangles is nothing special anymore.

 

Meanwhile, for texturing, I use Substance Painter and 3D Coat and my hardware includes at least 8GB of video memory. This is really the minimum you can have for texturing a standard game character with a 4096-texture set, which means a resolution of 4096 x 4096 pixels. This is a huge jump from the start of my career, back when the texture limit was 1024 x 1024 per character.

 

 

Technology advancements such as these have not only allowed us creatives to develop more realistic and vivid characters, but have also enabled real-time rendering, which means I can see any changes as I make them, resulting in a much faster workflow. I also have the ability to produce photorealistic images that help create a highly detailed and believable 3D world.

 

You can also easily light scenes and models with single HDRI images and include photogrammetry scans in your modelling workflow – real world items and human 3-dimensional scans based on photo sets taken around objects, which can also include high resolution textures.

 

Overall, this helps make the creative process much more fun, as you’re not having to wrestle with your hardware. There really has never been a better time to be a video game designer.

 

Best ever performance, best ever value

 

The affordability of software and hardware tools has continued to improve, to support this technology journey toward creative freedom, and 3D artists and developers can now focus on using superior software and their skills to their full potential.

 

 

However, how you balance performance and value depends on your needs. My requirements change depending on whether I’m earning money from rendering work, or whether I’m modelling and texturing high-end video game characters where I need to be able to work in real-time with multiple 4K textures sets. Or whether I’m creating simple models for mobile games or lower-end video games, where I don’t need to display as many textures at once. As I need a lot of video memory, it can be difficult to find the right balance, but I will always buy the best GPU I can afford to help boost my workflow.

 

How a diverse industry creates diverse thinking

 

3D artists come into the field from diverse backgrounds, both technical and artistic. To be a 3D artist, you need some creative skill, but creativity is something you can nurture throughout your career. As for technical skills, if you don’t already possess these you can learn (although it’s harder if you don’t have a background in computing). Saying that, today’s software tools are far more accessible and user-friendly, helped by powerful hardware that speeds up the workflow and improves performance. For instance, nowadays you don’t have to start modelling with a base mesh, you can create forms and shapes without using any mathematical or technical approach. So effectively whatever jumps out of your head can materialise as a 3D model.

 

 

While technical skills and an artistic background will make your first steps in your career as a 3D artist easier, patience is also a key skill, as you’ll need to work for many hours a day to hone your craft. I recently taught two people from scratch, neither of whom had much experience with specialised computer software, and now they are working as successful professional 3D artists. Both have a high level of patience, persistence and a willingness to learn and develop.

 

Being Polish, it’s also exciting to see the growth of this industry in my home country. We have great 3D artists and developers here, and with today’s modern technology, we are now afforded the same level of creative freedom as those users in western Europe and America, where the biggest productions are made.

 

Our home-grown game development industry is evolving, with studios including Flying Wild Hog, The Astronauts, 11 Bit Studios, CI Games, Techland, People Can Fly and CD PROJEKT RED – of course, the much-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 is on the way next year. Not only are these companies attracting employees from around the world but investors too, drawn by the investment opportunities in our local industry.

 

 

AR & VR: The next frontier

 

While powerful hardware is currently used to provide the best possible experience to users via a screen in front of them – through the use of, for example, AMD FreeSync Technology and 8K screens – the next frontier will be immersive experiences, such as VR and AR.

 

 

The professional applications of VR and AR is already advancing, with 3D artists using headsets such as Oculus and HTC Vive to sculpt and draw in VR. This will be the next step on our collective technology journey and an extremely exciting one for creatives here in Europe and beyond.

 

 

 

About Pawel Jaruga

 

Pawel "Levus3D" Jaruga is a character artist, digital sculptor and instructor based in Poland. He has over 10 years’ experience in games, commercials and cinematics industry. He’s also the owner of Creepytables.com, miniatures and collectibles studio. You can view his work here.

 

Notable game credits:

  • Witchfire (The Astronauts, TBC)
  • Hard Reset: Redux (Flying Wild Hog, 2016)
  • Shadow Warrior 2 (Flying Wild Hog, 2016)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome - Legendary Edition (Crytek/Microsoft, 2014)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek/Microsoft, 2013)
  • Shadow Warrior (Flying Wild Hog, 2013)
  • Hard Reset: Exile (Flying Wild Hog, 2012)
  • Hard Reset (Flying Wild Hog, 2011)
  • Ancient Quest of Saqqarah (Codeminion, 2008)
  • Stoneloops! of Jurassica (Codeminion, 2008)

 

Specific focus areas:

  • 3D Design, Modelling and Printing
  • Character Design and Modelling
  • Creature Design and Modelling
  • Digital Sculpting
  • Physically Based Rendering
  • Texturing

 

Software used:

  • AMD ProRender
  • Zbrush
  • 3DCoat
  • 3DS Max
  • Blender
  • Marmoset
  • Marvelous Designer
  • Octane Render
  • Substance Painter

 

Pawel Jaruga received a Radeon Pro WX9100 graphics card in exchange for his blog contribution. The blog represents Mr. Jaruga’s own thoughts and opinions as of the date published. AMD and/or the third-party blogger have no obligation to update any forward-looking content in the above blog. AMD is not responsible for the content of any third-party and does not necessarily endorse the comments made therein. 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.

Today I am excited to let you know that the AMD EPYC Cloud footprint is increasing globally with Tencent Cloud announcing its 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor-based “Star Lake” Server Platform at the Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Conference.

 

Let’s take a closer look at the latest Tencent Cloud announcement and how the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor-powered “Star Lake” platform enables Tencent Cloud to achieve their business goals and extend performance & TCO advantages to their customers.

 

Enhanced efficiency and scalable performance for exponentially growing cloud service

Tencent recently became the first Chinese company with more than 1.1 million servers in their network and is one of the fastest growing cloud computing companies in the global IaaS market. This rapid business growth brings new challenges including efficiency improvement and operational cost reduction for the infrastructure. To address these challenges Tencent Cloud developed a technology system from the infrastructure layer to the application layer to enable the next stage of cloud computing growth.

 

Server design, energy efficiency, security features, and reliability have a direct impact on the performance and cost efficiency of Cloud Service Provider offerings. The 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor based “Star Lake” server platform is Tencent’s first self-designed server developed for the Tencent Cloud environment. Tencent employed many advanced capabilities to improve energy efficiency. For example, according to Tencent, the advanced thermosyphon heat dissipation technology used in “Star Lake” improves maximum load energy efficiency by 50%. The “Star Lake” platform is designed to optimize cloud computing, storage and network requirements to effectively meet 98% of Tencent cloud application scenarios.

 

Liu YuXun, General Manager of Tencent's server supply chain Announcing the AMD EPYC<img src='https://community.amd.com/images/emojis/2122.png' class='jive_emoji'/> Powered Star Lake Server Platform at the Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Conference, 2019.

Liu YuXun, General Manager of Tencent's server supply chain Announcing the AMD EPYC Powered Star Lake Server Platform at the Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Conference, 2019.

 

Industry's best single core performance and significant single core TCO savings with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processor Powered “Star Lake” server

According to test results presented by Tencent Cloud at the Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Conference, the “Star Lake” Server with Tencent’s SA 2 instance powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors achieved the industry’s best single core performance and provides a significant TCO advantage. Tencent Cloud’s results in the image above show that the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor-based “Star Lake” server platform improves the overall performance of Tencent’s SA 2 cloud service instances by 35%, including 40% improvement in video processing, 35% improvement in graphics transcoding and 150% improvement in page QPS. This enables Tencent Cloud to provide performance enhancements and cost efficiencies to end customers.

 

You can read more about this at the Tencent Cloud Star Lake Announcement here. It's in Mandarin but can be translated easily!

 

I greatly appreciate the close collaboration and efforts of the Tencent Cloud and AMD teams to bring these innovations to our customers.

We at AMD are proud to be at the forefront of innovation through our collaboration with Microsoft Azure to offer our latest innovations to cloud-based enterprises with the general availability of the new Azure D-series and E-series virtual machines powered by AMD EPYC 7452 Processors. AMD and Microsoft Azure will continue our collaboration to provide guidance on optimization & migration to Azure virtual machines powered by AMD EPYC Processors. AMD and Microsoft are also expanding their partnership with Azure Data Explorer, a leading managed data analytics service for near real-time ingestion and ultra-fast queries.

 

Operational cost efficiency, space optimization, and faster application response times are critical for today’s modern data centers. Architectural innovations in AMD EPYC 7002 Series processors are designed to deliver exceptional performance and scalability to help drive TCO savings for users of a variety of cloud environments including traditional bare metal, software defined, converged and hyper-converged infrastructures in private, public, and hybrid cloud environments.

 

Let’s take a quick look at how Azure and AMD EPYC continue to give customers leadership performance for cloud workloads.

 

Enhanced Performance with Azure D-series virtual machines powered by AMD EPYC

Microsoft considers the Azure Da_v4 and Das_v4-Series the fastest Azure VMs in their class, with a balanced core-to-memory ratio, providing enhanced performance for a wide variety of production workloads. Example use cases include most enterprise-grade applications, relational databases, in-memory caching, and analytics. Microsoft Azure D-series virtual machines are powered by AMD EPYC 7452 Processors and provide up to 96 vCPUs, 384GB DDR4 RAM, and 2.4TB of SSD-based temporary storage per virtual machine.

 

Optimize large in-memory business critical workloads with Microsoft Azure E-Series virtual machines powered by AMD EPYC

Azure Ea_v4 and Eas_v4 VMs offer class-leading performance for memory-intensive applications such as relational databases, caching servers, and in-memory analytics. Powered by AMD EPYC 7452 Processors, the E-Series offer up to 96 vCPUs, up to 672GB DDR4 memory, and 2.4TB SSD-based temporary storage per VM. For database workloads, the Ea-series VMs offers a 22% better performance/dollar than competitive VMs. [i]

 

Power a lightning fast data exploration engine

AMD and Microsoft are expanding their partnership with Azure Data Explorer, a leading managed data analytics service for near real-time ingestion and ultra-fast queries. Azure Data Explorer is using commercially available Azure compute powered by AMD EPYC to deliver groundbreaking and cost-effective interactive analytics.

 

Microsoft Ignite offers a great opportunity to explore innovative ways to build solutions, migrate and manage your infrastructure, using the new Azure D-series and E-series virtual machines powered by AMD EPYC processors.

 

In addition, there are plenty of chances to learning the latest skills from technology leaders and industry users shaping the future of cloud. AMD is hosting a technical breakout session (BRK1114: “Turbocharge your infrastructure with AMD EPYC”) on Thursday, November 7 at 11:30AM-12:15PM in OCCC W208. You can also come by meeting room MR-32, Sponsor Rooms B in the Partner Solution Zone for a deeper dive into our innovative technologies or join us at Booth # 249 to experience solution demos and interact with AMD experts.

 

You can also read more about the new Azure VMs on the Microsoft blog, here.

 

I would like to thank the Microsoft and AMD teams who partnered to bring these innovations to our customers.

 

[i] "Results as of 10-28-2019 using MS SQL Server 2019. Comparison based on internal testing of HammerDB TPCC/OLTP workload. Azure E16asv4 virtual machine generated a result of 600K transactions/minute and costs $0.5301/hour based on three year reserve pricing in US East with RHEL operating system. Pricing found at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-machines/red-hat/. AWS r5.4xlarge virtual machine generated a result of 545K transactions/minute and costs $0.587/hour based on effective hourly 3-year reserve pricing in US East region with RHEL operating system. Pricing found at https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/reserved-instances/pricing/ ROM-340

In today’s world, computer security is becoming very important due the exponential increase in malware and ransomware attacks. Various studies have shown that a single malicious attack can cost companies millions of dollars and can require significant recovery time. With the growth of employees working remotely and connected to a network considered less secure than traditional corporate network, employee’s computer systems can be perceived as a weak security link and a risk to overall security of the company. Operating System (OS) and independent hardware vendors (IHV) are investing in security technologies which will make computers more resilient to cyberattacks.

 

Microsoft recently announced their Secured-core PC initiative which relies on a combined effort from OEM partners, silicon vendors and themselves to provide deeply integrated hardware, firmware and software for enhanced device security. As a leading silicon provider to the PC market, AMD will be a key partner in this effort with upcoming processors that are Secured-core PC compatible.

 

In a computer system, low level firmware and the boot loader are initially executed to configure the system. Then ownership of the system is handed over to the operating system whose responsibility is to manage the resources and to protect the integrity of the system.

 

In today’s world, cyberattacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with threats targeting low level firmware becoming more prominent. With this changing paradigm in security threats, there is strong need to provide end customers with an integrated hardware and software solution which offer comprehensive security to the system.

 

This is where the Microsoft Secured-core PC initiative comes into the picture. A Secured-core PC enables you to boot securely, protect your device from firmware vulnerabilities, shield the operating system from attacks and prevent unauthorized access to devices and data with advanced access controls and authentication systems.

 

AMD plays a vital role in enabling Secure-Core PC as AMD’s hardware security features and associated software helps safeguard low level firmware attacks. Before we explain how AMD is enabling Secured-Core PC in next gen AMD Ryzen products, let’s first explain some security features and capabilities of AMD products.

 

SKINIT: The SKINIT instruction helps create a “root of trust” starting with an initially untrusted operating mode. SKINIT reinitializes the processor to establish a secure execution environment for a software component called the secure loader (SL) and starts execution of the SL in a way to help prevent tampering SKINIT extends the hardware-based root of trust to the secure loader.

 

Secure Loader (SL): The AMD Secure Loader (SL) is responsible for validating the platform configuration by interrogating the hardware and requesting configuration information from the DRTM Service.

 

AMD Secure Processor (ASP): AMD Secure Processor is dedicated hardware available in each SOC which helps enable secure boot up from BIOS level into the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). Trusted applications can leverage industry-standard APIs to take advantage of the TEE’s secure execution environment.

 

AMD-V with GMET: AMD-V is set of hardware extensions to enable virtualization on AMD platforms. Guest Mode Execute Trap (GMET) is a silicon performance acceleration feature added in next gen Ryzen which enables hypervisor to efficiently handle code integrity check and help protect against malware.

 

Now let’s understand the basic concept of firmware protection in a Secured-core PC. The firmware and bootloader can load freely with the assumption that these are unprotected code and knowing that shortly after launch the system will transition into a trusted state with the hardware forcing low level firmware down a well-known and measured code path. This means that the firmware component is authenticated & measured by the security block on AMD silicon and the measurement is securely stored in TPM for further usage by operating systems including verification and attestation. At any point of time after system has booted into OS, the operating system can request AMD security block to remeasure and compare with old values before executing with further operations. This way the OS can help ensure integrity of the system from boot to run time.

 

The firmware protection flow described above is handled by AMD Dynamic Root of Trust Measurement (DRTM) Service Block and is made up of SKINIT CPU instruction, ASP and the AMD Secure Loader (SL). This block is responsible for creating and maintain a chain of trust between components by performing the following functions:

  • Measure and authenticate firmware and bootloader
  • To gather the following system configuration for the OS which will in turn validate them against its security requirements and store information for future verification.
    • Physical memory map
    • PCI configuration space location
    • Local APIC configuration
    • I/O APIC configuration
    • IOMMU configuration / TMR Configuration
    • Power management configuration

 

Whilst the above methods help in safeguarding firmware, there is still an attack surface that needs to be protected, the System Management Mode (SMM). SMM is a special-purpose CPU mode in x86 microcontrollers that handles power management, hardware configuration, thermal monitoring, and anything else the manufacturer deems useful. Whenever one of these system operations is requested, an interrupt (SMI) is invoked at runtime which executes SMM code installed by the BIOS. SMM code executes in the highest privilege level and is invisible to the OS. Due to this, it becomes attractive target for malicious activity and can be potentially used access hypervisor memory and change the hypervisor.

 

Since the SMI handler is typically provided by a developer different then the operating system and SMM handler code running at a higher privilege has access to OS/Hypervisor Memory & Resources. Exploitable vulnerabilities in SMM code leads to compromise of Windows OS/HV & Virtualization Based Security (VBS). To help isolate SMM, AMD introduces a security module called AMD SMM Supervisor that executes immediately before control is transferred to the SMI handler after an SMI has occurred. AMD SMM Supervisor resides in AMD DRTM service block and the purpose of AMD SMM Supervisor is to:

 

  • Block SMM from being able to modify Hypervisor or OS memory. An exception is a small coordinate communication buffer between the two.
  • Prevent SMM from introducing new SMM code at run time
  • Block SMM from accessing DMA, I/O, or registers that can compromise the Hypervisor or OS

 

To summarize, AMD will continue to innovate and push boundaries of security in hardware, whether it is DRTM service block to help protect integrity of the system, the use of Transparent Secure Memory Encryption (TSME) to help protect data or Control-flow Enforcement technology (CET) to help prevent against Return Oriented Programming (ROP) attacks. Microsoft is a key partner for AMD and as part of this relationship there is a joint commitment with the Secured-core PC initiative to improve security within software and hardware to offer a more comprehensive security solution to customers.

 

 

Akash Malhotra is Director of Security Product Management 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.

At AMD, we are excited to celebrate Exascale Day along with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cray, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, as our research and development teams are hard at work to change the world of computing with the groundbreaking Frontier supercomputer.

 

Frontier is expected to be the most powerful supercomputer of all time when it goes live, with an expected performance upwards of 1.5 exaFLOPS, or 1.5 billion, billion calculations per second. Powered by AMD EPYC™ CPUs, Radeon™ Instinct GPUs, Radeon Open eCosystem (ROCm) and EPYC open source software, Frontier targets more than five times faster performance than the world’s current reigning fastest supercomputer.

 

We are optimizing AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs and AMD EPYC CPUs in a 4:1 GPU to CPU configuration which will allow us to achieve high throughput of data. AMD’s Infinity Fabric will support high-speed connections between processors and allow Frontier to hit historic, sustained high-performance computation across the system.

 

As we approach and pass the barrier of exascale computing, the Frontier supercomputer opens up new possibilities for scientific research. Oak Ridge National Labs, Cray and AMD have created the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) program to develop applications designed for problems which only Frontier can help solve:

 

  •       Princeton University: to simulate future states of the Milky Way galaxy using massive amounts of satellite and telescope data in an astrophysical simulation code called Cholla.
  •       ORNL: to use a codebase known as Combinatorial Metrics (CoMet) to study the genetics of opioid addiction and toxicity, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s, and autism.
  •      Georgia Institute of Technology: to run GPUs for Extreme-Scale Turbulence Simulations (GESTS) to simulate turbulence with nearly 35 trillion grid points in order to better understand fluid turbulence as it relates to pollution, ocean currents and astrophysics.
  •      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: to study the Lattice Boltzmann Methods of Porous Media (LBPM) code to understand the volumetric maps of mineral composition in order to train neural networks to predict future geometric configuration of fluids.
  •      ORNL: to run calculations of realistic condensed matters from first principles (FP) calculations, previously inaccessible before Frontier, through the Locally Self-Consistent Multiple Scattering (LSMS)
  •      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: to use Frontier in conjunction with codebase Nanoscale Molecular Dynamics (NAMD) to understand viruses like Zika and pave the way for new drugs and vaccines to prevent future outbreaks.
  •      Michigan State University: to study complex-time dependent phenomena at the particle level such as nuclear reactions and fission through symmetry-projection techniques on a code called Nuclear Coupled-Cluster Oak Ridge (NuCCOR).
  •      University of Delaware: to develop advanced particle accelerators for radiation therapy of cancer, high energy physics, and photon science using code Particle-in-cell on Graphics Processing Units (PIConGPU).

 

This list inspires the work we do every day, as it takes the millions of hours of work that has gone into the latest AMD processors and brings it to life in tangible ways that will truly change the future. AMD is proud to be at the forefront of innovation and discovery through our collaboration with Cray and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Working together with these exceptional technology partners and the researchers Frontier aims to empower, we can redefine the future of high-performance data centers and  have a profound effect on advancing science and technology.  

 

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The AMD Embedded business provides SoCs and discrete GPUs that enable casino gaming companies to create immersive and beautiful graphics for the latest in casino gaming platforms, which are adopting the same high-quality motion graphics and experiences seen in modern consumer gaming devices.

 

AMD Embedded provides casino and gaming customers a breadth of solutions to drive virtually any gaming system. The AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC brings CPU and GPU technology together in one package, providing the capability to run up to four 4K displays from one system. The AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC is a power efficient option while providing up to 4X better CPU and graphics performance per dollar than the competition[i].

 

Bringing New Embedded GPU Options to Customers

Beyond SoCs, AMD also offers embedded GPUs to enable stunning, immersive visual experiences while supporting efficient thermal design power (TDP) profiles. AMD delivers three discrete GPU classes to customers with the AMD Embedded Radeon ultra-high-performance embedded GPUs, the AMD Embedded Radeon high-performance embedded GPUs and the AMD Embedded Radeon power-efficient embedded GPUs. These three classes enable a wide range of performance and power consumption, but most importantly offer features that the embedded industry demands including planned longevity, enhanced support and support for embedded operating systems.  

 

Continuing to provide our customers with more choice, high performance and better power efficiency, we are launching two new versions of the AMD Embedded Radeon GPUs, the E9560 and the E9390. These two new cards are in the PCIe form factor, use 8GB of GDDR5 memory and support 4K high-speed video, 3D visualizations and other compute-intensive graphics applications seen in the casino and arcade gaming.

 

For customers that need the superior performance with an Embedded GPU, the E9560 delivers up to 11%[ii] more performance compared to the existing E9550. It does this with 36 compute units, a TDP of 130W or less and up to 5.7 theoretical TFLOPS of performance.

 

For the customer that is looking for better power efficiency, the E9390 has a TDP of 75W or less with 28 compute units and provides up to 3.9 theoretical TFLOPS of performance.

 

Beyond more choice, we’ve heard from our customers about an area of concern when it comes to graphics processors. The memory used by graphics cards, GDDR5, is being phased out across the industry for an updated standard, GDDR6. To help our customers manage this transition, the E9560 and E9390, as well as our existing ‘Polaris’ architecture E-Series GPUs will have planned availability until 2022.

 

New Platforms Based on AMD Embedded Processors

Our ability to provide customers with high-performance CPUs and GPUs that can power the video and graphics demanded by modern gaming is evident in the companies bringing new systems to the market:

  • Casino Technology, a casino gaming company based in Europe, just announced its support for the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC, bringing discrete-GPU caliber graphics and multimedia processing to their slot machine customers.
  • Quixant announced a new generation of gaming controllers, the QXi-7000 LITE, are using the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC, enabling game design to be pushed to the limit.

 

Come by the AMD booth #3814 at the G2E Casino Gaming convention and you can see how AMD embedded solutions provide the eye-catching graphics and enable the rewarding experiences of next-gen gaming, from touch screens to 3D graphics and more. As well, the booth will have numerous solutions and systems from other casino and gaming companies using AMD embedded products including Advantech, Axiomtech, iBase Gaming, IGT, Scientific Games, Sapphire and TUL

 

Stephen Turnbull is the director of product management and business development, Embedded Solutions, 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

 

[i] Testing done at AMD Embedded Software Engineering Lab on 3/13/2019.  The AMD R1505G Embedded scored 360 running CineBench R15 Multi-core and 1,988 running 3DMark11 benchmarks. The Intel Core i3-7100U (Kaby Lake) scored 254 running CineBench R15 Multi-core and 1,444 when running 3DMark11 benchmark which measures Graphics performance.  Recommended Customer price for Intel Core i3-7100U is $261 as of 4/1/2019 (check https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/95442/intel-core-i3-7100u-processor-3m-cache-2-40-ghz.html). DBB price for R1505G is $80. System Configurations: AMD Embedded R1505G used an AMD R1505G Platform, with a 2x8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, 250GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), TDP 15W, STAPM Enabled and ECC Disabled, Graphics Driver 18.50_190207a-339028E-AES, BIOS RBB1190B, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro. The Intel Core i3-7100u used an HP 15inch Notebook with i3-7100u with Intel HD Graphics 620, 1x8GB DDR4-2133 RAM, 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, Graphics Driver 21.20.16.4627, BIOS F.07.  EMB-159

[ii] Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 10/09/2019 on the AMD Radeon Embedded E9550 PCIe module and AMD Radeon Embedded E9560 PCIe module on an AMD Dibbler Embedded reference platform using 3DMark 11. Results may vary. EMB-163

Introducing the AMD Ryzen 5 and AMD Ryzen 7 Microsoft Surface Edition Processors: A New Level of Responsiveness and Speed in an Ultra-Slim Design

We are thrilled to announce the new AMD Ryzen Surface Edition processors built exclusively for Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. This is the first-ever 15” Surface laptop from Microsoft, with AMD computing and graphics technology under the hood.

The new Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 extends the long-standing collaboration between Microsoft and AMD from the world of Xbox console gaming to the PC. Just as we have done with our Xbox collaboration, AMD and Microsoft set out several years ago with a shared vision to bring the best of both companies together to revolutionize the laptop. Thanks to the tens of thousands of hours of co-development work to combine the fastest AMD mobile processor for ultrathin laptops with significant software and system optimizations from Microsoft, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 delivers the best user experience in an ultra-slim laptop. The co-engineering behind the Surface simultaneously provides unprecedented performance and all-day battery life in a sleek, lightweight design at only 3.4 lbs. Like an expertly crafted and finely tuned racecar, Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 offers a unique user experience through several key performance features.

Microsoft Surface Design Team

Photo: With Brett Ostrum, CVP, Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Surface Design Team

Key performance features to unlock while “driving” Microsoft Surface Laptop 3:

  • Go from idle to full boost in the blink of an eye: We challenged ourselves to improve Smart Performance Shift with enhanced highly tuned predictive algorithms that adapt to the end-user workload on-demand, delivering a perfect balance of battery life and peak performance under virtually any situation. This re-engineered approach provides a hybrid-turbo-like capacity for bursts up to 4 GHz of “Zen+” CPU performance or take what is already the world’s fastest performing graphics for ultrathin laptops to new heights when needed. 
  • Effortless acceleration when needed: The specifically customized AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition processor inherits from the graphics core architecture of Xbox One and includes one additional compute unit more than any other AMD Ryzen mobile processor for an extra boost of graphics horsepower. Complex content creation and machine learning workloads seamlessly offload to the massive parallel-processing GPU engine through AMD Radeon  OpenCL and WinML drivers. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 harnesses the power of its compute and graphics resources to drive demanding content creation and gaming workloads in an ultrathin laptop.
  • Crystal clear, vivid display: Connected to a world-class GPU engine with AMD FreeSynctechnology controlling a high resolution (200 DPI) display. Lean back and enjoy movies or games smoothly on-the-go, building upon the same leadership Radeon GPU technology found in the Xbox One X. AMD’s wide color gamut and display color calibration enable vivid on-screen colors in games and videos that better match real life.
  • Dynamic responsiveness: A fully optimized pen interface delivers unparalleled precision through the revolutionary on-die pen controller. The fully optimized pen software stack takes up to 200 measurements per second. Paired with the optimized Bluetooth stack, Windows scheduling priority, and foreground application boost – the pen has never been more powerful.
  • Roadside assistance: Re-architected system software from firmware capsule storage to recovery of critical system functions gives peace of mind that the system is stable, robust, and protected from failures.  
  • Be heard even in a crowded arena: Next-level voice detection optimized to perform even in noisy or echo-filled environments powered by a superior DSP algorithm – the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 voice assistant is always on, always ready for the next spoken request.
  • A quick start is everything: Fast storage access delivers the highest performance from the internal SSD, dramatically reducing application start, system boot, and file copy times. 
  • No need for pit-stops: The system constantly monitors vital processor and skin temperatures to deliver the highest performance possible while keeping Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 cool to the touch.  A new Windows system management framework enables the processor to directly negotiate the power policy with the OS.  Microsoft added specific optimizations for the first time in the Windows OS to ensure that all the applications have the best environment to shine.
  • Always connected: Power and performance-optimized WiFi stack with Modern Standby delivers super-fast transfer speeds when needed most and always stays connected on-the-go.
  • Stay cool while in the driver’s seat: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is performance-modeled for maximum thermal management headroom through thousands of hours of thermal simulations. The ultimate combination of processor thermal calibration and containment, and system thermal dissipation sustains those demanding content creation and gaming workloads.

 

This is just the beginning of an exciting relationship and co-engineering with the Surface team, and we look forward to continued collaboration that pushes the boundaries of what is possible in technology and gaming.

We can’t wait for users to take Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 for a spin. This amazing new, ultra-slim laptop will truly satisfy their need for speed.

Paven Davuluri (Microsoft), Panos Panay (Microsoft), Lisa Su (AMD), Jack Huynh (AMD), Sebastien Nussbaum (AMD)

Photo: Pavan Davuluri, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Surface; Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Microsoft Surface; Lisa Su, AMD CEO; Jack Huynh, CVP & GM, Semi-Custom, AMD; Sebastien Nussbaum, CVP, Engineering, Semi-Custom, AMD

                                                                                                                                                                                           

Jack Huynh is Corporate Vice President and General Manager for AMD's Semi-Custom Group.

On August 7 this year, AMD changed the data center market with the launch of the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor, the world’s first 7nm and highest performance x86 data center CPU[i]. We hosted an amazing launch event in San Francisco, joined by leading industry partners including Google, Twitter, HPE, Lenovo and others, where we showcased the world record performance[ii], breakthrough architecture and broad ecosystem support for the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC family.

 

Since launch, we have seen significant traction with customers and partners. They recognize the overall breakthrough performance, and the superior single socket performance of the 2nd Gen EPYC vs. the competition. As well, they know our higher core counts and support for compelling features like PCIe 4.0 make AMD EPYC the right choice for the future of the data center.

 

Today, we are proud to have new platforms from Dell and new customers pledging to use the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC for cloud, HPC and even 5G. And with the original codename of “Rome,” what better place to reach this next round of milestones than Rome, Italy.

 

Earlier today I was joined by our CTO Mark Papermaster, as well as our incredible European team and customers, to share the latest progress with our 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors and introduce our newest customers. Here are the highlights:

 

  • Yesterday, Dell EMC announced five new PowerEdge platforms using the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor. These platforms were designed from the ground-up and optimized to support the features of the new AMD EPYC processor including PCI 4.0. You can read more about the new PowerEdge systems here, including purchasing details for the new systems that are available now.
  • Satinder Sethi, GM of IBM Cloud infrastructure, joined me to discuss how IBM Cloud views performance and works to deliver it to its customers. Enterprises moving to cloud want higher levels of performance to support compute-intensive workloads for AI and big data, without jeopardizing security. Security is a critical component of IBM’s hybrid cloud strategy, and technologies like 2nd Gen EPYC with SEV-ES help drive new levels of security in the hybrid cloud era. IBM Cloud customers are also asking for better memory bandwidth for big data and analytics workloads. With 45% greater memory bandwidth in its class,[iii] 2nd Gen EPYC provides fantastic memory bandwidth scaling for big data and analytics workloads. Finally, the core scaling and breakthrough performance of 2nd Gen EPYC provides a superior quality of service and a higher level of performance for container workloads. IBM plans to have more to share in 2020 about its new performance offerings for clients.
  • Nokia joined AMD CTO, Mark Papermaster, on stage and talked about the potential performance implications of the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor for 4G and 5G networks. Nokia has tested 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors in its Cloud Packet Core system, which helps service providers deliver converged broadband, IoT, and machine-type communication services while evolving to a 5G core. In these tests, the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors are providing an 80% increase in packet throughput performance compared to previous solutions. This means that with AMD EPYC, Nokia is providing its customers better capacity, performance and scale for their networks.
  • European pure player cloud provider OVHcloud showcased an upcoming high-end hosting instance that is based on the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor, specifically the EPYC 7402P. The EPYC processor is used in a full flash server and the instances will be available at the end of 2019.
  • TSMC joined us on stage to highlight its capacity and capabilities for 7nm fabrication and it also announced its adoption of AMD EPYC processors helping power its next gen research and leading process technology
  • Finally, ATOS and its customer Genci, which fosters the use of supercomputing for the benefit of French scientific communities, joined me to highlight Genci’s use of the ATOS BullSequana X system using the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor. Genci specifically chose the 2nd Gen EPYC due to its TCO and fantastic sustained performance efficiency per watt. Additionally, ATOS and AMD showcased a new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC SKU specifically designed for HPC customers that need the highest performance and can support liquid cooling. The AMD EPYC 7H12 is a 64 core/128 thread, 280W part[iv] with a 2.6Ghz base frequency and 3.3Ghz max boost frequency that performs ~11% better at LINPACK compared to the AMD EPYC 7742[v] in testing by ATOS on their BullSequana XH2000 platform. The AMD EPYC 7H12 is being used by Genci, CSC Finland and Uninett in Norway.

 

Today we continued to take EPYC to new heights. We are thrilled to have the ecosystem supporting us across hardware, software and cloud providers as we face the challenges of the modern data center head-on with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC. You can find numerous OEMs and channel partners that are selling platforms with the new EPYC processors here.

 

Expect to hear more from us and our partners this year as we continue to expand our reach with the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor.

 

Forrest Norrod is the SVP and GM of the Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Group 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

 

Cautionary Statement

This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including, but not limited to the features, functionality, performance, availability, timing, expectations and expected benefits of the 2nd Gen AMD EPYCTM processors and the expected timing and benefits of new partner offerings,  which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "may," "expects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "projects" and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this blog are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this blog and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD's control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 29, 2019.

 

 

[i] A 2P EPYC 7742 processor powered server has SPECrate2017_int_peak score of 749, and a int_base score of 682 https://spec.org/cpu2017/results/res2019q3/cpu2017-20190722-16242.html as of August 7, 2019. The next highest peak score is a 2P Intel Platinum 9282 server at 676, base 643: http://spec.org/cpu2017/results/res2019q3/cpu2017-20190624-15369.pdf as of July 28, 2019. SPEC, SPECrate and SPEC CPU are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See www.spec.org for more information. ROM-91.

[ii] See https://www.amd.com/en/processors/epyc-world-records for details.

[iii] EPYC 7002 series has 8 memory channels, supporting 3200 MHz DIMMs yielding 204.8 GB/s of bandwidth vs. the same class of Intel Scalable Gen 2 processors with only 6 memory channels and supporting 2933 MHz DIMMs yielding 140.8 GB/s of bandwidth. 204.8 / 140.8 = 1.454545 - 1.0 = .45 or 45% more.  AMD EPYC has 45% more bandwidth. Class based on industry-standard pin-based (LGA) X86 processors. ROM-11

[iv] EPYC 7H12 processor boost frequencies may be achieved only with a cooling solution that meets group ‘Z’ requirements.  Achievable boost frequencies may vary depending on the effectiveness of the actual cooling solution. ROM-282

[v] Based on Atos testing of HPL v2.1 benchmark, as of September 13, 2019, using a 2P AMD EPYC 7H12 powered production server versus AMD internal testing of HPL v2.1 benchmark, as of July 17, 2019, using a 2P AMD EPYC 7742 powered AMD reference server. AMD has not independently verified the 7H12 scores. Results may vary. ROM-287

This is an EPYC revolution! The history of AMD innovation continues today with the launch and availability of select AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors. The second-generation milestone in the AMD EPYC family builds on the disruptive datacenter products that AMD first established with the original EPYC 7001 Series. With the first 7nm x86 server technology, first PCIe Gen 4 readiness1, and the first x86 server architecture with DDR4-32001 we bring expectation-shattering performance and exceptional scalability to your data center ecosystem with our new lineup.

 

Architectural innovations in AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors are designed to deliver exceptional performance with unique security features, for a variety of workloads that matter to you -  on traditional bare metal, software defined, converged and hyper-converged infrastructures in private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. We know today’s connected world is unleashing huge quantities of data every second. Data center operational cost efficiency, space optimization, and faster application response times are critical.  AMD EPYC addresses them all and today we are announcing 80 world records across our ecosystem.

 

Let’s take a closer look at how the ecosystem around AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors enable support for your business:

 

Ready today with support for major operating systems and hypervisors

AMD has close relationships and joint engineering engagements with major operating systems and hypervisor vendors enabling key features and optimizations. A key focus of AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors are the security features to help defend your CPU, applications, and data. Data centers around the globe are constantly adapting to securely meet the current workload demands while planning for future needs. Secure Memory Encryption (SME) uses a single key to encrypt system memory and Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) and further extends that feature by enabling each guest in a public or private cloud instance to be encrypted by a unique key. With SME and SEV, users can have greater confidence the security capability surrounding their private data. The growing community of operating system vendors that support SEV includes Canonical, Fedora, Oracle, RedHat, and SUSE. VMware has also committed to support AMD security features in a future release of vSphere.

Comprehensive offering in High Performance Computing (HPC)

High performance computing (HPC) powers new technology advancements in academia and a wide array of industries across 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. (AMD CPUs and GPUs will power the new Frontier exascale supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2021.) Innovative architecture of AMD EPYC 7002 Series brings tremendous performance and scalability for HPC applications, offering you a choice in x86 architecture while optimizing total cost of ownership.

 

The 4Vs of Big Data Analytics

Data is growing at exponential rates, often characterized by the 4Vs - Volume, Velocity,  Veracity and Value - big data analytics is fueling the digital transformation across industry, research and governments. The demand for computing power is increasing apace, but often IT budgets and data center space are not. AMD EPYC processors’ single socket with no compromise on features can offer the performance and efficiency for a broad set of big data analytics applications. World record benchmark results from our partners clearly demonstrate the high performance and lower cost of ownership advantages one processor can have compared to two socket systems from small to large scale.  Combined with larger and faster memory, massive I/O throughput and a high-speed network you can be ready to face any big data challenge.

 

Don’t forget Relational Databases

Relational databases continue to be central to mission-critical applications from transactional operations to decision support systems. The emergence of mobile technology is redefining the e-commerce across industry verticals. Complex online transactions and analytics to gain insights in real-time is a must for staying ahead in business today. AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors bring hi-speed memory and high performance I/O to support high performance for data intensive applications. We are happy to announce new industry leading performance benchmark results today using relational database management systems with our ecosystem partners.

 

Number of virtual machines surpassed the number of physical machines a long time ago. It’s all about clouds – private and public

The AMD EPYC 7002 Series value proposition is simple: more cores open the door for more virtual machines, better consolidation, lower cost, and simpler management. 7nm technology enables powerful and efficient processors that are capable of delivering more performance at the same power2. AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors' high core count, DDR4-3200 capable memory, high performance IO and connectivity with PCIe 4.0, security features and compelling energy efficiency are a strong match for today’s highly virtualized data center. Outstanding performance in VMmark, SPECvirt and TPCx-V are testaments to performance and efficiency. This provides strong value for all kinds of virtual environments, including VM dense applications (such as VDI), Containers, hyperconverged solutions (such as vSAN, Nutanix, HPE SimpliVity) and cloud native applications.

 

Offering the latest and greatest from the hardware ecosystem

We have a long history of being the first to bring key technologies to market. Today we announce support for PCI 4.0, doubling the bandwidth from PCIe 3.0. Double the bandwidth is a HUGE improvement from the previous generation of AMD EPYC processors and first in the x86 server world.  This is a tremendous advantage in the data center, and will enable significant reduction in network interfaces cards, switch ports, cables, and of course management points. PCIe 4.0 also enables faster connectivity to high speed GPUs and accelerators, as well as NVMe devices.

 

We owe a big thanks to our partners

Today would not be possible without the incredible support of our ecosystem partners. Our broad partner ecosystem and collaborative engineering provide solutions that help deliver high performance and efficiency at lower total cost of ownership.

 

We are grateful to our partners who have collaborated with our engineers for a wide range of datacenter use cases:

Altair, Ansys, AWS, Beamr, Broadcom, Cadence, Canonical, Citrix, Cloudera, Cloudian, Couchbase, Dassault Systèmes, DataStax, Docker, ESI Group, Exasol, LSTC, MapR, Mavenir, Mellanox, MemSQL, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Micron, MongoDB, NetScout, MapR, Mavenir, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, MongoDB, NetScout, Nokia, Nutanix, Oracle, Quobyte, Red Hat, Redis Labs, SAP, SAS, Samsung, ScaleMP, Siemens PLM, Splunk, StorMagic, SUSE, Synopsys, Transwarp, TigerGraph, Vertica, VMware, WekaIO, Xilinx.

 

 

 

Check out our documents here: Solutions Briefs and Performance Briefs.

 

 

  1. Some supported features and functionality of second-generation AMD EPYC processors (codenamed “Rome”) require a BIOS update from your server manufacturer when used with a motherboard designed for the first-generation AMD EPYC 7000 series processor.  A motherboard designed for “Rome” processors is required to enable all available functionality. ROM-06.
  2. EPYC-07: Based on June 8, 2018 AMD internal testing of same-architecture product ported from 14 to 7 nm technology with similar implementation flow/methodology, using performance from SGEMM. EPYC-07