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One of the leading cloud computing companies in China, Tencent Cloud, has announced the immediate availability of the AMD EPYC based SA1 Cloud offering. Tencent Cloud is a secure, reliable, high-performance cloud compute service provider that integrates Tencent’s infrastructure capabilities with the advantages of its massive-user platform and ecosystem – best known for supporting hundreds of millions of people on Tencent’s QQ and WeChat applications. The AMD EPYC 7551 two-socket platform delivers the compute power needed for workloads ranging from social media platforms, gaming and e-commerce while providing a 30% lower cost structure per virtual machine for Tencent Cloud customers.

 

The SA1 Cloud offering is online now and is proving to be extremely popular for companies who are leveraging the cloud for their workloads. Tencent’s testing has also shown AMD EPYC to offer an exceptional level of performance at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to other solutions. Tencent Cloud customers can access high-performance “Zen” core counts of 1, 4, 8 or 16 cores for virtual machines with access to up to 8 GB of memory per core.  The SA1 instance can be purchased via the Tencent Cloud Services portal.

 

With the addition of Tencent Cloud Services, AMD continues the momentum with cloud service providers that want to offer a compelling level of performance and features to their customers.

 

For more on the performance of the EPYC processors, visit amd.com/server.

https://www.amd.com/zh-cn/press-releases/Pages/press-releases-2018Jun05.aspx

We are less than a month away from celebrating AMD EPYC’s first birthday.  What a year it’s been! We’ve built a revolutionary product line eagerly adopted by world class customers, ecosystem partners, and their customers. We now have 14 server systems partners and over 50 server platforms introduced and ramping.  But we’re just getting started.  To that end, I’m immensely proud to publicly welcome a proven datacenter innovator, Cisco and its Unified Computing System (UCS) Portfolio to the AMD EPYC™ family.  The UCS C4200 solution featuring AMD EPYC holds enormous promise for UCS to continue its decade long drumbeat of bringing unparalleled innovation to their customers.

 

Cisco and AMD have a legacy of rethinking the status quo, shunning incrementalism, and introducing disruptive innovation with compelling customer value. Now a server and datacenter leader, many forget that it was almost ten years ago when Cisco turned the server industry upside down with its launch of “Project California” now known as UCS. UCS transformed the industry by unifying servers, virtualization, and storage access to help customers move towards a programmable infrastructure.

 

The new UCS platform powered by AMD EPYC extends the Cisco UCS value of programmable, application centric infrastructure to use cases where core, memory, and storage density are key requirements. With AMD EPYC, Cisco is able to deliver 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack than other Cisco UCS Servers. Coupling Cisco UCS Intersight and ACI with AMD’s Secure Memory Encryption and Secure Encrypted Virtualization technologies, holds enormous promise to help service providers and hybrid cloud administrators isolate multiple tenants and applications more securely.  It really is an incredible match.

 

We are committed to continuing to work with industry leaders like Cisco to help organizations meet the increased demand for data management and cost optimization. AMD EPYC provides the right balance of compute, memory, I/O and security for high density environments, so organizations can continue to keep pace and even stay ahead of emerging workload requirements. Stay tuned for more EPYC momentum in the coming weeks.

Today, I am proud to announce yet another first for EPYC: The new, density-optimized Cisco UCS C4200 Series Rack Server Chassis and the Cisco UCS C125 M5 Rack Server Node will be powered by AMD EPYC™ 7000 series processors. By integrating AMD EPYC processors, Cisco joins a growing list of server providers taking advantage of the high-performance EPYC processor’s strong balance of core density, memory, I/O bandwidth and unprecedented security features to deliver revolutionary technology for customers.

 

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The C4200 Rack Server Chassis hosts up to four rack server nodes in two rack units (2RU) with shared N+1 redundant power and cooling, and up to 24 small form factor drives.  The UCS C125 M5 Rack Server Node supports up to 2 AMD EPYC™ processors with up to 32 cores per processor, up to 2 TB of memory, two PCIe® 3.0 slots, and an optional 4th generation Cisco UCS VIC for complete programmability, making hosting different workloads simple and easy.  The result is Cisco’s highest density solution designed for service providers building cloud platforms, manufacturers simulating new designs, retailers analyzing consumer trends, compute-intensive web and gaming back-end processing and data scientists analyzing financial markets.   In fact, with 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack1, the Cisco solution is designed for all clustered workloads where high core density is essential.

 

On the management side, this solution is fully supported by Cisco Intersight™ management as a service. This cloud-based management approach lets administrators configure and manage all Cisco blade, rack, storage, and multi-node servers through a single interface, regardless of where the servers are installed. This role and policy-based management service enables the creation of Cisco UCS service profiles and templates that have global scope across your organization worldwide.  Critical to service providers, secure multi-tenancy is enabled by integrating a cluster through Cisco Application Centric Networking (Cisco ACI™), helping to securely partition multiple workloads with network profiles that isolate tenants and applications.

 

“The addition of AMD to the Cisco UCS server portfolio marks a first for us as partners,” said Kaustubh Das, vice president, product management - Computing Systems, Cisco’s Data Center Business Group. “Leveraging the innovation of AMD EPYC, Cisco is bringing forth transformative technology that will enable our customers to accelerate compute-intensive workloads with a high-density server that can be managed from the cloud."

 

The Cisco UCS C4200 Series Rack Server Chassis and C125 Server Nodes with AMD EPYC processors are expected to be available in the second half of 2018 with tested and validated solutions with major ISVs.

 

If you would like to learn more about these great new products, please visit the links below:

 

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Competition in the datacenter processor market for the past few years has been limited, but the arrival of EPYC™ has changed that. We’ve had momentum with major customer wins, the ecosystem is rallying behind us, and killer product reviews showcase the performance of EPYC going head-to-head with Intel at the top of the processor stack and absolutely dominating in SPEC performance in the middle of the stack.

One of our key innovations has been the introduction of a true enterprise-class single-socket processor. For too long Intel has artificially limited the single-socket market to keep eyes and dollars focused on their two-socket offerings. However, over half of the systems that have been using Intel’s two-socket parts could have had their performance and feature needs better met if an unconstrained, datacenter-capable single-socket processor were available. Coming back into the market we have the freedom to disrupt and AMD’s no-compromise, single-socket capability is a true game changer for many workloads including virtualized storage, VM farms, and Web hosting.

Dell debuted its EPYC-based PowerEdge R7415 single-socket for storage and analytics applications that offers up to 20 percent lower total cost of ownership than the alternatives. ITPro recently put the R7415 through its paces, running single-socket EPYC solutions up against two-socket Intel solutions.  Concluding that it is a “serious alternative to more costly 2P Xeon SP servers” and “a great choice for datacenters that want a single socket rack server with support for up to 32 CPU cores, a high memory capacity and a sharp focus on storage-centric workloads.” When evaluating server options for the datacenter, the EPYC one-socket offering should be a serious contender because there are many use cases and workloads where it makes the most sense. An optimized 1P EPYC offering can pay huge dividends in storage and compute applications, digging in with more I/O, memory and saving holistically on total cost of ownership.

This week*, Dell Technologies will bring together all its brands and thousands of business and tech professionals for the massive Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas. AMD will be there featured in several of Dell’s new platforms including their new single sockets (booth #705).  We couldn’t be more excited to participate and be able to showcase our highly scalable, single- and dual-socket servers. The Dell platforms leverage the high-performance EPYC 7000 series processors to deliver exceptional performance in key workloads like virtualized storage, cloud, and big data.

*Originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse on 4/30/18. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/industrys-first-enterprise-class-single-socket-forrest-norrod/

Recently, during a larger briefing on AMD in the Enterprise, I gave an AMD EPYC™ processor update to press and analysts on our progress since we launched last June. It was satisfying to pause for a few minutes, take stock, and reflect on the amazing momentum we’ve created in less than a year. A special guest joined me half way through with some exciting news that shows we’re just getting started on the journey in bringing value to customers through the innovations on EPYC™ processors. Below are some of the highlights from the session.

 

I started by giving a quick update on our ramp to date. Bottom line, a month away from our first birthday, we’ve been aggressive and purposeful in ramping the EPYC™ processor business, helping the industry rethink the server and the datacenter.

 

  • We’ve built a revolutionary product line eagerly adopted by world class customers, ecosystem partners, and their customers. In fact, we now have 14 server systems partners and over 50 server platforms introduced and ramping.
  • We’ve focused on rethinking the technology and economics of the server to help our customers win in the era of the software designed data center. The results are in: for virtualized environments, EPYC™ based systems can deliver up to 28% lower total cost of ownership than similarly configured Intel Xeon servers.
  • Equally important, we’ve created superior performance, value, and advanced security features in emerging, rapidly growing use cases. Here’s some of the compelling examples I walked through. I’ve put some links at the bottom of this in case you want to get your ‘geek on’ and go deep:

 

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One of the amazing customer examples I walked through was, Hivelocity. A dedicated server and cloud hosting provider, they’ve already taken the leap in deploying what we’ve coined the “industry’s first no-compromise single server” approach.  It’s paid off, according to their COO Steve Eschweiler: “Our AMD EPYC™ processor-powered Tyan servers have truly blown away our price/performance expectations”. In fact, with a single AMD EPYC processor the Hivelocity client is experiencing read/write speeds six times faster than that of two Xeon processors.

 

Quite an accomplishment. We’re proud, and thankful… But we’re just getting started.

 

I was then joined by a special guest Lee Caswell, VP of Products, Storage and Availability at VMware. Lee joined me to cover the next high-growth use case we’re rethinking: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI for short).  That same ‘no compromise’ single socket approach applied by Hivelocity has the potential of putting this hypergrowth market into warp speed.

 

For those that aren’t familiar with HCI, it is fundamental to the Software Defined Datacenter. HCI uses software-defined storage through the same server resources used to run Virtual Machines, eliminating legacy storage systems, converging all elements into a single, easily managed, pool. VMware vSAN™ runs on industry-standard x86 servers and components that help lower TCO by up to 50% versus traditional storage. Lee helped me walk through the market, the challenges, and the opportunities through the lens of the HCI industry leader, VMware vSAN. Some takeaways from Lee’s presentation:

 

  • HCI is a $5B market growing approximately 30% year over year. And, VMware vSAN is the undisputed software leader according to IDC’s latest report on April 3 of this year.
  • Customers are adopting HCI not only for the prospect of massively reducing total cost of ownership, but also to accelerate the transformation to software defined data centers (SDDC) and move towards more flexible cloud consumption models.
  • To meet customer requirements for HCI, configuration and testing are rigorous and deep. This goes well beyond just a standard Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). Many customers prefer to consume HCI as an appliance like Dell EMC’s VxRail as a result.
  • But, many customers prefer to build their own HCI systems. This is where VMware’s proven vSAN ReadyNode program has tapped into an unmet need. These servers, precisely configured and rigorously tested, help ensure that customers can be confident in their ability to quickly deploy, scale, and operate HCI clusters.  In fact, Lee mentioned that vSAN ReadyNodes actually make up the majority of vSAN implementations.
  • Finally, most vSAN ReadyNodes to date have had to be beefy two socket platforms that are ripe for optimization and new thinking for storage centric environments. That’s where VMware, Dell, and AMD EPYC are really excited about the world’s first EPYC™ processor-based VMware certified vSAN ReadyNode.

 

The AMD EPYC™ processor-powered Dell PowerEdge 7415 recently launched and received its vSAN ReadyNode certification along with its big and little brother the PowerEdge 7425 and 6415. As a “no compromise” single socket server, it was designed with the prospect of delivering leading core density and I/O capability for storage heavy HCI use cases. Well, once again, the results are in. And they’re EPYC™. Lee and I revealed recent third-party test results showing we’ve more than delivered on that potential. In fact, versus currently shipping Xeon based systems, Dell shows the EPYC processor-powered PowerEdge 7415 delivering up to 20% lower TCO and slashing licensing costs by up to half.  This is EPYC.

 

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Thank you to Lee, his team at VMware, and the Dell EMC team for the partnership.

 

To close, I’d like to reiterate that we’re only getting started, expect to see more partners, more platforms, more performance, more value, more security in the coming months as we ramp to our first birthday and beyond.  This is going to be EPYC™.

 

 

28% Lower TCO based on 3-year Virtual Machine Cost: 1. Data received from HPE TCO Calculator. Configure your own analysis at https://www.hpe.com/us/en/solutions/tco-calculators.html. 2. Based on an estimate of 1.5 virtual machines per core, the greater number of core in AMD EPYC processors exceeds that available in Intel Xeon Scalable processors 3. Based on comparison of top published SPECrate2017_fp_base scores for HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 and DL385 Gen10. AMD EPYC results available at www.spec.org as of 4/29/2018. 4. Source of pricing Configure your own TCO analysis https://roianalyst.alinean.com/ent_02/AutoLogin.do?d=898755097515045746. HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 config: 1 x 6130 (16 Total Cores), 64GB Memory, 8 SFF Chassis, 2x800W PS, P408i-a;  HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 config: 1 x 7451 (24 Total Cores). 64GB Memory, 8 SFF Chassis, 2x800W PS, P408i-a

 

25% Fewer Servers for In Memory Analytics: Tests commissioned by AMD and run by Principled Technologies, Inc. running HiBench Spark, processing a 220 GB k-means dataset. AMD cluster of: 3 x Grandstands (chassis est. $600 ea.), each with (2) AMD EPYC 7601 SOC (AMD 1ku pricing $4200 ea), RAM: 32 x 16GB sticks ($169 ea. Samsung M393A2K40BB1-CRC per newegg.com) of DDR4 (512GB of RAM per server, 1536GB per cluster), Disk: 24 x Samsung MZ-7LM120E 120GB SSDs ($113 ea. per CDW), Network: 1 x Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx ($332.77 per newegg.com); (for total cluster cost of approx. $52,449), completed the test in 213.6 seconds; versus Intel cluster of:  4 x Lenovo servers (chassis est. $600 ea.), each with (2) Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4 ($4115 ea. per ark.intel.com), C612 chipset ($54 per ark.intel. com), RAM: 24 x 16GB sticks ($169 ea. Samsung M393A2K40BB1-CRC per newegg.com) of DDR4 (384GB of RAM per server, 1536GB per cluster), Disk: 24 x Samsung MZ-7LM120E 120GB SSDs ($113 ea. per CDW), Network: 1 x Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx ($332.77 per newegg.com), HBA: 1 x LSI LOGIC 9305-16i HBA card ($399.99 per newegg.com); (for total cluster cost of approx. $65,628), completed in 243.1 seconds. Each cluster was connected via a Mellanox SN2700 model switch, and ran Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3, Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.6, and OpenJDK 1.8.  NAP-23 Testing by Principled Technologies and not verified by AMD. This compares acquisition cost for a 4-node cluster of Intel Xeon E5 2699 v4 processor-based servers compared to a 3-node cluster of AMD EPYC 7601 processor-powered servers.  NAP-23

 

50% More Throughput for NoSQL Database: AMD EPYC 7601 based server performance comparison to Intel Xeon 2699 v4 based server in Principled Technologies white paper at http://www.principledtechnologies.com/AMD/EPYC_ Cassandra_competitive_1217.pdf

 

77% More Performance for Weather Research Forecasting: AMD internal testing on WRF v3.8.1 (GCC 5.4.0 compiler with Basic Nesting (WRF option) and MPI 3.2 (dmpar compile flag); CONUS 12KM dataset; WRFIO_NCD_LARGE_FILE_SUPPORT=1). Tests conducted on AMD Grandstand reference system with 2 x EYPC 7601 SoCs, 16 x 32GB DDR4-2400MHz, 3 x 350GB SATA SSDs, Ubuntu 16.04.2 completed the test in an average of 65 seconds; versus HPE DL380 server with 2 x E5-2699A v4 processors, 16 x 16GB DDR4-2400MHz, 3 x 1TB NVMe and 3 x 1TB SATA SSDs, Ubuntu 16.04.4 completed the test in an average of 115 seconds. NAP-92

 

133% Better Performance/Dollar for Supercomputing: Based on SPECfp®_rate2006 scores published on www.spec.org as of October 25, 2017.  2 x EPYC 7601 CPU ($4,200 per processor at AMD 1ku pricing) in Sugon A620-G30, Ubuntu 17.04, x86 Open64 v4.5.2.1 Compiler Suite, 512 GB PC4-2666V-R memory, running at 2400  1 x 1TB SATA 7200RPM has a peak score of 1850 (base score 1670); versus 2P Xeon Platinum 8180 ($10,009 per processor per ark.intel.com)-based Huawei 2288H V5 system with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2, ICC 17.0.0.098, 384GB PC4-2666V-R memory, 1x1200GB SAS 10000RPM score of 1890 (base score 1850).  SPEC and SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.  See www.spec.org for more information. NAP-47

26% Faster Simulations for Computational Fluid Dynamics:  Based on Dell internal testing using the ANSYs Fluent benchmark test in November 2017, comparing to a similarly configured Dell PowerEdge R7425 with a traditional processor. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability. World Record SPECfp(R)_rate2006: Result available at https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2017q4/cpu2006-20171114-50603.html. 2 x EPYC 7601 CPU in HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3, x86 Open64 v4.5.2.1 Compiler Suite, 1 TB (16 x 64GB 4Rx4 PC4-2666V-L) memory, 1 x 300 GB 15k RPM SAS.  SPEC and SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.  See www.spec.org for more information.

World Record SPECrate2017_fp_peak as of May 21, 2018: Result available at https://www.spec.org/cpu2017/results/res2018q2/cpu2017-20180319-04087.html. Based on SPEC CPU 2017 scores published on April 19, 2018. 2 x EPYC 7601 CPU in Supermicro A+ Server 4023S-TRT, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 (x86_64) kernel 4.4.114-94.11-default, AOCC v1.0.0 compiler, 1 TB (16 x 64GB 4Rx4 PC4-2666V-L) memory, 1 x 500 GB SATA III 7200RPM has a peak score of 279 (base score 267). NAP-96

Up to 50% lower TCO VMware vSAN 6.7 Datasheet at https://www.VMware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/VMware/en/pdf/products/vsan/VMware-vsan-datasheet.pdf

Up to 20% Lower TCO and up to 50% Lower Licensing Costs: Demartek test report: Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 AMD EPYC VMware vSAN Mixed Workloads Performance – April 2018 www.demartek.com/Demartek_Dell_EMC_PowerEdge_R7415_vSAN_Mixed_Workloads_Evaluation_2018-04.html

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There might not be a better example of a synergistic technology relationship than AMD and the Linux community. Back when AMD was the first to make the transition to a 64-bit instruction set architecture (ISA), Linux support was immediate and broad. The now widely known AMD64 architecture would not have taken off as quickly and as successfully if not for the groundswell of support from the Linux community.

 

When AMD delivered the truly innovative EPYC processor last year, the call went out yet again to the Linux community and they responded in kind. These high-performance CPUs have tremendous potential to reshape the landscape of the datacenter and the enterprise, as much or more than the AMD64 architecture. Setting aside the obvious need for choice in CPU suppliers and operating systems, AMD went the extra mile and delivered to Linux supporters something truly unique and perfectly suited for the modern datacenter. AMD built a specific set of security features directly into EPYC processors, and these features are now supported in Linux. Specifically designed to encrypt data in a virtualized environment, these features address a critical need for any company working with sensitive user data and/or considering moving their infrastructure to the cloud.

 

Secure Memory Encryption (SME) implements a simple and efficient method for main memory encryption that is flexible, integrated in the CPU architecture and does not require any modifications to the application software. By encrypting DRAM and non-volatile memory technologies, SME helps protect against physical access attacks like cold boot or platform reset, or even hardware probing.  SME can encrypt all memory when enabled directly in BIOS or can provide page-level control when enabled in the OS (Linux 4.14).

 

Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) integrates main memory encryption capabilities with the existing AMD-V virtualization architecture to support encrypted virtual machines. Encrypting virtual machines helps protect them from physical threats, other virtual machines and even the hypervisor itself.  SEV guest support is in Linux 4.15 and hypervisor support in 4.16.

AMD is committed to working with our Linux community partners to deliver innovative solutions that meet the needs of modern datacenters. The AMD Software Ecosystem and Alliances team has regular technical reviews with the Linux distribution providers to align our hardware roadmaps to their releases. As a result, support for SME is now available in Red Hat 7.5; SEV guest is available in Ubuntu 18.04. Watch this space closely as SEV host capable operating systems are expected to become available later this year.

 

Details of the EPYC line of processors and the highly differentiated value proposition they deliver have been well documented in our blogs, including earlier this month when AMD demonstrated the new Dell PowerEdge systems at Dell Technologies World.

 

For a more complete picture of the integrated security features built into AMD EPYC processors, including SME and SEV, please download the Pathfinder Research whitepaper.

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The future is EPYC

Posted by dan.bounds Employee May 14, 2018

Almost one year ago, AMD stood on stage in Austin, Texas and proudly launched the AMD EPYC™ line of processors - it was a proud moment for me and the AMD team, as not only did we re-emerge in the datacenter market, but we launched a product that was true to the innovative heritage of AMD.

 

Our focus since that day has been to show customers all over the world the power and capability of this revolutionary product.  It’s been incredibly gratifying to see the momentum that is building in the market as a result.  From consumer retail to large cutting-edge research facilities, organizations of many backgrounds have begun the switch to AMD.

 

Today we are taking the next step in our journey with the AMD EPYC brand with an exciting new campaign. Much like the name itself and the strong visual identity we developed ahead of the product launch last year, we are going to be bold to drive discussion around the benefits of EPYC processor solutions and our product leadership.

 

As our director of brand, Nick Knupffer states, "The market desperately needed compelling competition and choice, but in the campaign, we show EPYC processors offer much more than that - more performance, more system resources, advanced security features, and more value than a competitive alternative. With such a powerful product offering and years of sector stagnation to disrupt, our campaign hits right at the heart of the matter. That means a bold, confident, and smart approach that steals attention and forces consideration."

 

There are going to be many different creative executions you will see in the coming weeks and months across multiple events and online.  Some of the first assets will highlight our leadership performance and differentiated features:

 

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Others target our growing partner adoption:

 

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We will also get a little provocative with the competition:

 

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I have had the pleasure of presenting the campaign concepts to a range of audiences over the last few months: customers, analysts and ecosystem partners. The reception has been overwhelmingly positive and I’m looking forward to more of the creative reaching market over the coming weeks and months as EPYC processor adoption continues to grow.

I spent this week at Dell Technologies World, and they sure know how to put on a show. The energy was palpable, with jam-packed keynotes, dynamic guru speakers and interactive breakout sessions. Dell truly is “making it real” and we are pleased to be a key technology partner along this journey with our EPYC™ single and dual socket platforms.

 

DTW Booth 2.jpgWith more than 14,000 attendees at this year’s event, our AMD booth experienced heavy traffic, with all eyes on our “AMD is EPYC” campaign highlighting Dell EMC PowerEdge products. We showed off a series of demos that underscored why EPYC is the ideal foundation for a variety of workloads including HPC (25% greater performance for workloads like Computational Fluid Dynamics[i]), database management, VM migration (simplified integration with VMware vSphere), data analytics (faster Apache Spark™ with 25% fewer servers[ii]) and more.

 

On Tuesday, I hosted a breakout session that focused on the compute, memory, I/O and security advantages of our EPYC CPUs + Dell EMC PowerEdge servers for software-defined, virtualized and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads in today’s datacenter.

 

The session covered everything from the current datacenter landscape and IT challenges with incrementalism, to how we re-entered the market with a fresh approach and unparalleled features, to the specific advantages that EPYC processors provides for target workloads, to the head-to-head comparison of both the single socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 and Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 servers against relative Intel-based platforms. The results did the talking, with the EPYC 7351 processor in the Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 delivering 33% more memory per processor[iii] and 33% more cores[iv] than the competition, and the EPYC 7601 powering the Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 offering 33% more memory per processor[v] and 14% more cores[vi] than competitive offerings, and according to Dell offers up to 20% better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge[vii]. Together with Dell EMC PowerEdge, we are redefining the rules of the modern datacenter, improving performance and adding competitive value for our customers.

 

AMD really is striking at the heart of the market with EPYC processors, and the past few days have reinforced our commitment to the EPYC portfolios of today as well as primed audiences for our plans for future generations of groundbreaking products. We are helping OEMs, cloud companies and ecosystem partners to “break the habit” of selecting the status quo and recognize the business value that we are driving with EPYC.

 

You can see more highlights and pictures from Dell Technologies World on our AMD Twitter and LinkedIn channels.


 


[i] “High Performance Computing” – the dual socket Dell EMC Poweredge R7425 delivers up to 24% improved performance vs. the HPE DL385 for containers, hypervisors, virtual machines, and cloud computing and up to 25% absolute performance improvement for HPC workloads like computational fluid dynamics [CFD].  With up to 64 cores, it offers high bandwidth with dense GPU/FPGA capability.  On standard benchmarks, the server with superior memory bandwidth and core density provided excellent results across a wide range of HPC workloads.” Data provided by ell Feb. 2018, not verified by AMD. Learn more at https://www.emc.com/about/news/press/2018/201802016-01.htm

[ii] Tests commissioned by AMD and run by Principled Technologies, Inc. running HiBench Spark, processing a 220 GB k-means dataset. AMD cluster of: 3 x "Grandstand" reference systems (chassis est. $600 ea.), each with (2) AMD EPYC 7601 SOC (AMD 1ku pricing $4200 ea), RAM: 32 x 16GB sticks ($169 ea. Samsung M393A2K40BB1-CRC per newegg.com) of DDR4 (512GB of RAM per server, 1536GB per cluster), Disk: 24 x Samsung MZ-7LM120E 120GB SSDs ($113 ea. per CDW), Network: 1 x Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx ($332.77 per newegg.com) - for total cluster cost of approx. $52,449 - completed the test in 213.6 seconds; versus Intel cluster of:  4 x Lenovo servers (chassis est. $600 ea.), each with (2) Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4 ($4115 ea. per ark.intel.com), C612 chipset ($54 per ark.intel.com), RAM: 24 x 16GB sticks ($169 ea. Samsung M393A2K40BB1-CRC per newegg.com) of DDR4 (384GB of RAM per server, 1536GB per cluster), Disk: 24 x Samsung MZ-7LM120E 120GB SSDs ($113 ea. per CDW), Network: 1 x Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx ($332.77 per newegg.com), HBA: 1 x LSI LOGIC 9305-16i HBA card ($399.99 per newegg.com)- for total cluster cost of approx. $65,628 - completed in 243.1 seconds. Each cluster was connected via a  Mellanox SN2700 model switch, and ran Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3, Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.6, and OpenJDK 1.8.  NAP-23

[iii] AMD EPYC™ 7351 processor supports up to 8 channels of DDR4-2400, versus the Xeon Gold 5118 processor at 6 channels of DDR4-2400. NAP-42

[iv] AMD EPYC™ 7351 processor includes up to 16 CPU cores versus the Intel® Xeon® Gold 5118 processor with 12 CPU cores.

[v] AMD EPYC™ 7601 processor supports up to 8 channels of DDR4-2667, versus the Xeon Platinum 8180 processor at 6 channels of DDR4-2667. NAP-42

[vi] AMD EPYC 7601 processor includes up to 32 CPU cores versus the Xeon Platinum 8180 processor with 28 CPU cores. NAP-43

[vii] From Dell EMC Press release, “Dell EMC Expands Server Capabilities for Software-defined, Edge and High-Performance Computing”. The 2U single-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 is the first server platform with vSAN Ready Nodes and offers up to 20% better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge.  Based on Dell internal analysis in January 2017, comparing the projected list price cost of a similarly configured Dell PowerEdge R7415 single-socket server versus the actual list cost of a traditional dual-socket server. Actual costs will vary.

Retailers all over the world rely on point-of-sale (POS) systems to increase productivity and ensure a seamless customer experience, and each retailer has a unique set of feature requirements for their system that ties to specific business goals. For example, a start-up running in a pop-up shop needs to maximize floor and counter space for product promotion and may only have a small corner slot available for a POS. On the other hand, an established brick and mortar may be more concerned with power management to reduce energy consumption and operating costs when evaluating POS options. Toshiba understands these varying requirements and has teamed with AMD to introduce their new Toshiba D10 POS system, a sleek and compact solution that delivers the right functionality at the right price for small businesses and fast-growing retailers.

 

D10.jpgToshiba sought a technology partner for its new POS capable of delivering low power in a small footprint while still enabling retailers to connect to a full range of peripheral devices, all without compromising on performance. Enter the AMD Embedded G-Series processor. With low-power, multi-display configurability and scalable features, the AMD Embedded G-Series processor can optimize energy usage and support innovative, small form factor designs as well as help reduce overall development costs for applications such as the Toshiba D10. 

 

“Starting a new business or making a strategic investment to support a fast-growing one is a decision any retailer should make very carefully. This is why Toshiba decided to bring the D10 system to market,” said Dr. Stephen K. Markham, Senior Vice President Global Strategy and Portfolio, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. “From our experience working with some of the world’s largest retailers, we’ve been able to identify the characteristics that are most important to help emerging retailers execute their business plans and make technology investment decisions aligned to their budgets and growth aspirations. And by partnering with AMD, we’ve been able to do just that. The future is very bright!”

 

The Toshiba D10 POS enables retailers to achieve brilliant commerce with a small-scale platform, supported by significant performance and easy installation and maintenance. The solution is targeted at Asia, EMEA and Latin American markets, and is an open platform with broad operating system (OS) support that can meet the functionality, style and versatility needs of today’s retail environments. For more details, including configuration and specifications for Toshiba D10, please visit this link. To purchase the Toshiba D10, please contact your local Toshiba Business Partner.

 

AMD is pleased to continue expanding our strategic partnerships with renowned companies like Toshiba that have a strong brand presence and proven industry expertise. We look forward to growing our global customer base as we power the next generation of products in a number of markets including retail, medical imaging, thin client, industrial systems, casino gaming, networking and more. Read about the applications we enable here.

 

Stephen Turnbull is Director of Product Marketing, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group, AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Use of third-party marks/logos are for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied. 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. 

On June 20, 2017, AMD disrupted the server space in a big way with the announcement of our EPYC™ 7000 series processors, including support from a global ecosystem of customers and partners. Fast forward to the new year and AMD is celebrating the rejuvenation of its embedded solutions by welcoming a new processor to the family.

 

EPYCBlog.jpgThe performance of the “Zen” architecture and datacenter insight from EPYC are infused in the make-up of the company’s next-generation embedded CPU – the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor family. These two distinct and important qualities, architecture and insight, position AMD to help partners and customers take a sophisticated approach to navigating and exploring the shift in computing from the server to the edge.

 

As a result, workloads no longer need to be solely dependent on the core of a network to process and complete intensive tasks. The AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor family meets the stringent requirements for the majority of embedded processors, including power management and dependability, while delivering on major advancements in I/O integration, flexibility and security. This advanced processor is ready to support network function virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), industrial system applications and more. Additionally, the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor family delivers up to 2.7X more performance-per-dollar[i] and up to 2X more connectivity[ii] than competitive solutions on the market today.

 

At a Glance: EPYC Embedded 3000 Processor Family

 

  • The AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor family is based on the ‘Zen’ architecture and a 14nm FinTET process
  • A wide range of core counts, including options for 16, 12, 8 and 4 cores per socket
  • Up to 64 PCIe Gen 3 lanes
  • High-performance single and multithreaded processing
  • Up to 8 channels of 10GbE Ethernet
  • Up to 32MB shared L3 cache with options for 4 independent memory channels
  • TDPs ranging from 30W to 50W (for 1 die and up to 8 cores) and 60W to 100W (for 2 dies and up to 16 cores)
  • Unparalleled enterprise-grade reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features
  • Product availability for up to 10 years, offering customers a long lifecycle support roadmap

 

The Ecosystem Perspective: Networking and Communications with Seagate

 

Well-positioned to tackle storage applications in dynamic new ways, Seagate, a world leader in storage solutions, is evaluating the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 to support the company’s intelligent storage array technologies. With a growing abundance of storage information populated daily, Seagate customers are frequently searching for ways to break down dependability and performance challenges.

 

Seagate is particularly interested in next-generation performance and enterprise-class RAS features to push for an up to 40 percent performance improvement over prior generations of product architectures. The performance gains are no small feat, and Seagate is working to help ensure that customers get the performance they need at an improved total cost of ownership.

 

In addition, AMD continues to work with a variety of customers and partners to deliver processing excellency and impact to workloads across other key industries including networking and industrial applications.

 

Concluding the First Zen-to-Zen Journey

The AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 product family is a nice capstone on the first generation of ‘Zen’-based products, including Ryzen™, EPYC, and now Ryzen™ Embedded and EPYC Embedded. However, this processor is also unique in the ‘Zen’-to-‘Zen’ experience delivered from a family of products that span from the server and the edge. As industries move toward enabling machine learning, AI and internet of things at the edge, the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 is ready to shape advanced embedded capabilities today and into the future.

 

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This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including the features, functionality, availability, timing, deployment, and expected benefits of the Ryzen™ Embedded V1000 processor and the products being developed by customers based on Ryzen™ Embedded V1000 processor as well as the expected support from major ecosystem partners, 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," "intends," "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "intends," "plans," "pro forma," "estimates," "anticipates," or the negative of these words and phrases, other variations of these words and phrases or comparable terminology. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this document are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this document 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2017.



[i] Estimates based on SPECint®_rate_base2017 using the GCC-02 v6.1 compiler. AMD-based system scored 24.2 in tests conducted in AMD labs as of 12 January, 2018, configured with 1 x EPYC 3251 SOC ($315 per processor at AMD 1ku pricing), 32GB memory (2 x 16GB 2Rx4 PC4-2666 running at 2666), 1x 250 GB SSD, AMD Wallaby Rev C, RHEL 7.4. Intel Xeon D 1540 scored 16.1. based on tests conducted in AMD labs as of 12 January, 2018 using Supermicro Server System X10SDV-8C-TN4F, configured with 1 x Xeon D 1540 ($581 each processor per ark.intel/com), 32GB memory (2 x 16GB 2Rx4 PC4-2666 running at 2133),  1x 250 GB SSD, RHEL 7.4.EMB-152.

[ii] AMD EPYC™ Embedded 3451 supports up to 64 PCI Express high spend I/O lanes, 8 10 GbE, 16 SATA, and 4 memory channels versus Xeon D 1587 supports 32 PCIe lanes, 4 10GbE, 6 SATA, 2 memory channels. EMB-153.

With a rich history of expertise in embedded solutions, AMD is taking a major leap forward by bringing together the powerful performance of the AMD “Zen” CPU and “Vega” GPU architectures to deliver powerful chip performance and stunning graphics capabilities.

 

RyzenBlog.jpgIntroducing the AMD Ryzen™ Embedded V1000. This next-generation embedded accelerated processing unit (APU) demonstrates the company’s commitment to highly scalable, integrated products with top security features and a dedication to long lifecycle support. With solutions built for the long haul, our latest family of processors will support end-user needs today and tomorrow.

 

Building on the success of AMD integrated embedded APUs, the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor family delivers an up to 2X boost[i] in processing performance while reducing the design, form factor and thermal management challenges common in discrete CPU and GPU configurations. Not to mention the up to 3X increase in GPU performance over competitive solutionsiv. By coupling a high-performance CPU and GPU on a single die, this marks a new age of embedded processors in terms of performance and graphics capabilities.

 

The result? Users will benefit from significant space savings, smaller board designs and more efficient cooling architectures than what can be achieved with heterogeneous CPU and GPU chipsets. With these capabilities packaged in a small footprint, the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor family can power up to four independent displays in 4K resolution with the additional ability to support 5K graphics for applications demanding extreme visual clarity, such as medical imaging in an ultrasound machine.

 

At a Glance: Ryzen Embedded V1000 Processor Family

  • High-performance ‘Zen’ CPU and ‘Vega’ GPU on a single die; offers up to 4 CPU cores and up to 11 GPU compute units to achieve processing throughput as high as 3.6 TFLOPS[ii]
  • Up to 200 percent more performance compared to previous generations[iii]
  • Up to 3X more GPU performance than the competition[iv]
  • Up to 46% more multi-threaded performance than the competition[v]
  • Up to 26% smaller footprint than the competition for optimized board design[vi]
  • TDP ranges from 12W to 54W
  • I/O capabilities that support up to 16 PCIe lanes, dual GbE and expansive USB options
  • Ability to drive up to four independent displays running in 4K, with the ability to support 5K graphics for next-generation visual clarity
  • Dual-channel 64-bit DDR4, with performance up to 3200 MT/s
  • Product availability for up to 10 years, offering customers a long lifecycle support roadmap

 

In Action: Displays Driving Healthcare Decisions

Esaote, one of the world’s leading producers of medical diagnostic systems, selected the new AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor family to provide the resolution and graphics capabilities its doctors and technicians rely on to make critical healthcare decisions and complete accurate diagnostics. By delivering the performance and image clarity medical imaging demands, this processor lets Esaote design smaller, more portable ultrasound systems to improve total cost of ownership for their customers and create a better experience for patients.

 

Even more, this processor packs outstanding graphics on a single chip, which delivers significant space and power savings across a variety of markets including medical imaging, casino gaming, media and collaboration as well as digital signage.

 

Looking Ahead: Built for the Long Haul

We focus on anticipating the needs of tomorrow, so our customers can concentrate on delivering advanced applications to create better and more engaging experiences today.

 

The Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor family ushers in a new age of embedded processors and creates a new tier of products for AMD Embedded team, driving unprecedented levels performance and unparalleled support needed to scale with the unknown challenges and advanced applications of tomorrow.

 



[i] Testing done at AMD Embedded Software Engineering Lab. The AMD R-series Embedded SOC formerly codenamed "Merlin Falcon" scored 2399 and the AMD V-series V1807 scored 4978, when running 3dMark® 11P benchmark which measures GPU performance. (4978/2399=2.075) The AMD R-series Embedded SOC formerly called "Merlin Falcon" scored 273 and the AMD V-series V1807 scored 665 on Cinebench R15 nT which measures multi-threaded CPU performance. (665/273= 2.435). AMD Embedded R-Series RX-421BD used a AMD “Bettong” Platform, with a 2x8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, 250GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), TDP 35W, STAPM and ECC Disabled, Graphics Driver 17.40.2011-171026a-320350C-AES, BIOS RBE1306A. AMD Ryzen Embedded V-Series V1807B used the AMD “Dibbler” Platform with 2x8GB DDR4 3200 RAM, 250GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), TDP 35W, STAPM and ECC Disabled, Graphics Driver 17.40-171114a-320676E-AES-2-wRV-E9171, BIOS TDB1100EA.   Both systems ran Microsoft Windows® 10 Pro. EMB-144.

[ii] The equation makes assumptions for clock and uses16-bit floating point operands. FLOPS = 11 CU * 4 SIMD/CU * 4Shaders/SIMD * 4 MAC/Pixel * 4 FLOPS/Cycle/ALU * 1300MHz = 3.661 TFLOPS. EMB-151.

[iii] Testing done at AMD Embedded Software Engineering Lab on the Intel Core i3 -7100U.   The Ryzen 3 2200U was used to approximate the V1202B. The i3-7100U scored 254 and the AMD Ryzen 3 2200U scored 372 on Cinebench R15 nT benchmark which measures multi-threaded CPU performance. System Configurations: Intel Core i3-7100u: HP 15inch Notebook, 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. AMD Ryzen 3 2200U: AMD “Mandolin” Platform, TDP 15W, STAPM enabled, ECC Disabled 2x4GB DDR4 2400 RAM, 512GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), Microsoft Windows 10 Pro RS3, Graphics Driver 23.20.768.0. EMB-147.

[iv] Comparison is based on performance measured using the 3dMark® 11P benchmark.  The AMD V-series V1807B scored 5618; the Intel Core i7-7700HQ scored 1783. The score for the Intel Core i7-7700HQ was measured using HP Omen with 8GB, Intel® HD 630 Graphics, 1x8GB DDR4 2400 RAM, 1TB 7200rpm HD, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, Graphics Driver 21.20.16.4627, BIOS F.24. The score for AMD Ryzen Embedded V-Series V1807B was measured using the AMD “Dibbler” Platform, 2x8GB DDR4 3200 RAM, 250GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), TDP 45W, STAPM Enabled, ECC Disabled, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, Graphics Driver 17.40-171114a-320676E-AES-2-wRV-E9171, BIOS TDB1100EA. EMB-146.

[v] Testing done at AMD Embedded Software Engineering Lab on the Intel Core i3 -7100U.   The Ryzen 3 2200U was used to approximate the V1202B. The i3-7100U scored 254 and the AMD Ryzen 3 2200U scored 372 on Cinebench R15 nT benchmark which measures multi-threaded CPU performance. System Configurations: Intel Core i3-7100u: HP 15inch Notebook, 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. AMD Ryzen 3 2200U: AMD “Mandolin” Platform, TDP 15W, STAPM enabled, ECC Disabled 2x4GB DDR4 2400 RAM, 512GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), Microsoft Windows 10 Pro RS3, Graphics Driver 23.20.768.0. EMB-147.

[vi] The Intel i7-7700HQ package size in FCBGA1440 is 28mm x 42mm = 1176mm2 versus the V1000 family in FP5 package 25mm x35mm = 875mm2 which is 26% smaller than the i7-7700HQ. Source From intel ARK website: https://ark.intel.com/products/97185/Intel-Core-i7-7700HQ-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_80-GHz. EMB-150.

As we approach the end of the year we have tremendous momentum and excitement building for AMD EPYC™ processors. Two weeks ago we were proud to have numerous partners with us at SC17 introducing EPYC to the HPC community. This week at HPE Discover, our teams will be showing off the latest EPYC-based system, the ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server.

 

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With the new DL385, we’re once again partnering with HPE to bring AMD to the best-selling server in the industry, and this latest version is breaking records. An AMD EPYC model 7601-based HPE DL385 Gen10 system scored 257 on SPECrate®2017_fp_base and a 1980 on SPECfp®_rate2006, both of which are higher than any other two socket system score published by SPEC®. We’re extremely proud of this performance, which is a testament to our floating point implementation in Zen and HPE’s platform leadership. This week at HPE Discover, we are also showing how we are changing the economics of virtualization with EPYC in the heart of the server market, delivering up to 50% lower cost per VM.

 

 

EPYC is substantially lowering the total cost of ownership for the datacenter and giving customers a real choice for the first time in nearly a decade. Clearly this has many in the industry very excited. Even our competitor is taking notice.

 

A lot of our competitor’s angst around EPYC vs Xeon has been at the top of the performance envelope, which of course is very relevant for certain types of high-performance applications, but not critical for the vast majority of the server market today. Our teams have taken the great Zen core and built a highly differentiated part with unique memory, I/O, and security capabilities. Put it together and we have performance leadership for the workloads we’ve targeted. But beyond those workloads, in the middle of the performance stack, where most of the server business sits, EPYC has incredible performance advantages over Xeon Skylake scalable processors for the majority of applications.

 

Serve The Home recently showed some very compelling data focused at the heart of the server market. When testing our 16 core EPYC 7301 family, the data shows that in the highest volume portions of the market EPYC delivers more cores, more memory bandwidth and a significant performance advantage over the Xeon Silver product line across multiple benchmarks.

 

Our partners appreciate the choice and differentiation that EPYC provides to their solutions. In addition to the HPE, Sugon, Supermicro and other solutions we’ve already announced, we’re working with Dell and many other OEM/ODMs to bring their first EPYC-based platforms to market. Three of the Super 7 mega datacenter providers have publicly announced plans to deploy EPYC-based products, including Baidu, Microsoft Azure and Tencent, and we have strong engagements with other major cloud providers.

 

I’m extremely proud of the AMD team and the EPYC products they have created. With EPYC we are restoring choice and innovation to the server market. Stay tuned, because this is just the beginning of an exciting time for EPYC and new era of choice for the datacenter market. We’ll have more big news to share soon.

 

Forrest Norrod is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom Business 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.

Every year it’s inspiring to see an eclectic group of students, scientists, researchers and technological innovators from the high performance computing (HPC) community come together at SuperComputing 2017 (SC17). It’s the one place where some of the brightest minds in computing can share ideas and map out of the future of cutting edge technologies.

 

At the heart of all the work and collaboration accomplished this week is a foundation set in mathematics and the ability of computers to handle a mind-boggling number of computations and an incredible amount of data. Modeling, simulation, and data analysis now underpin everything from protein folding and gene research to high particle physics and cosmology.  

 

When you think about math in the context of the datacenter and with high performance CPUs, more often than not you’re really talking about how you leverage the utility of floating point.

 

Uncovering the Utility of Floating Point

 

Earlier this year, we released our new family of high-performance server and datacenter processors, the AMD EPYC™ 7000 series. The EPYC processor is a highly-scalable CPU that includes a very powerful and capable floating point unit (FPU). The philosophy of the EPYC FPU is to deliver the most easily usable performance. Its unique co-processor architecture enables a high floating point instruction issue rate, great memory bandwidth, with energy efficiency to maintain a high frequency even when loaded. We support all the floating point instructions used by today’s systems, up through AVX2. Running existing codes or even the latest floating point benchmarks, the numbers speak for themselves: EPYC delivers incredible FP performance.

 

We define utility as usefulness over costs. It’s an idea that underpins computing technology, businesses and overall strategies. We’re working to provide and apply the technologies that let the HPC community do more with much less. When you do the math, we’re delivering an EPYC processer that runs at up to 3X* the performance per dollar than the competition. Whether you’re thinking about the immediate or long-term implications, it’s the utility that makes all the difference. And when you couple the EPYC CPU with the utility of the Radeon™ GPU, you can extend that even further.

 

Unlocking the Power of AMD at SC17: EPYC + RADEON INSTINCT

 

Although floating point is key to how we approach the next generation of CPUs, for massively vectorized workloads there is an even better choice: the power of today’s GPUs which far exceed any CPU on highly parallel applications. AMD offers leading compute-GPUs in our Radeon Instinct™ line. You can now pair the best of AMD in high-performance CPU and GPU with EPYC and Radeon Instinct to create a heterogeneous supercomputing solution that tackles real-world applications that floating point thrives in – from fluid dynamics and weather mapping to oil and gas exploration and more.

 

At SC17, we’re bringing the power of a combined EPYC and Radeon Instinct platform to the show floor with Project 47 (P47). Inventec’s P47 platform provides direct access to four Radeon Instinct GPUs through a single EPYC processor without the need for PCI switches, which removes design barriers and streamlines performance. The AMD-based platform then flexes its
scalability by contributing to 20 1P EPYC processor-based Inventec servers to produce a petaFLOPS of single-precision computing. By supporting both heterogeneous supercomputing systems and memory-bound CPU platforms, EPYC addresses several real-world applications to support safer, more productive operations.

 

Focusing on Math for the Masses

 

I found my inspiration in science and electronics early on as a student, and there’s a group of university students joining SC17 to compete in the Student Cluster Competition that we’re thrilled to help find their individual sparks.

 

AMD, along with Supermicro and Mellanox, is supporting a student team from Northeastern University. Using a system developed around EPYC and Radeon Instinct, the team will square off against international competitors to run a mix of known and unknown HPC codes around the clock over a couple days to test their high-performance skills.

 

The lessons learned from that competition will be invaluable. With any luck, the next-generation of visionaries will find their moment of math inspiration and use the high-performance technologies of today to define a more promising tomorrow.

 

*Based on SPECfp®_rate2006 scores published on www.spec.org as of October 25, 2017.  2 x EPYC 7601 CPU ($4,200 per processor at AMD 1ku pricing) in Sugon A620-G30, Ubuntu 17.04, x86 Open64 v4.5.2.1 Compiler Suite, 512 GB PC4-2666V-R memory, running at 2400  1 x 1TB SATA 7200RPM has a peak score of 1850 (base score 1670); versus 2P Xeon Platinum 8180M ($13,011 per processor per ark.intel.com)-based Cisco UCS C240 M5 system with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2, ICC 17.0.3.191, 384GB PC4-2666V-R memory, 1x240GB SATA SSD score of 1830 (base score 1800). SPEC and SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See www.spec.org for more information. NAP-49

The AMD Embedded team today announced AMDRadeon_E9171_MCM_FlatAngle_RGB_5inch.pngthe new AMD Embedded Radeon™ E9170 Series GPU, the first “Polaris” architecture-based AMD Embedded discrete GPU available in multi-chip module (MCM) format with integrated memory for smaller, power-efficient custom designs. The new GPU is also available in PCI Express® and MXM formats for standard form factor systems. The Radeon E9173 GPU delivers up to 3X performance-per-watt over previous generations[1] and drives up to five simultaneous displays[2] in stunning 4K format for low-power embedded applications in market segments including digital casino games, thin clients, medical displays, retail and digital signage, and industrial systems. Below are more details on benefits of the Radeon E9170 Series GPU - you can also catch a live demo in our G2E booth, #3416.

 

  • Digital casino games: The Radeon E9170 Series GPU helps reduce energy consumption and operating costs for entry level and midrange casino gaming systems, as well as helps lower thermal dissipation that impacts facility air conditioning costs. With support for up to five independent and simultaneous displays in 4K, customers can create an eye-catching experience with more pixels and more action.
  • Thin clients: Thin clients powered by the Radeon E9170 Series GPU can have a smaller hardware footprint than traditional PC systems, and can have lower heat output and help provide cooler workspaces in densely-staffed and space-constrained environments such as stock exchange trading floors. The Radeon E9170 Series GPU offers an impressive display of 4K graphics for financial traders looking at many applications at the same time.
  • Medical displays: The 4K graphics resolution in the Radeon E9170 Series GPU helps improve the accuracy, fidelity and clarity of clinical diagnoses in devices such as X-Ray machines and ultrasounds as well as bone and tissue analysis, helping medical professionals to enhance patient care by reducing the time to diagnosis. Also, providing more pixels with less power supports the advent of portable medical electronics.
  • Retail and digital signage: Cost-conscious signage companies integrating the Radeon E9170 Series GPU can drive up to five simultaneous 4K displays for an exceptional visual experience that holds viewer attention without incurring a premium processor price. The Radeon E9170 Series GPU can power interactive video walls, multi-display advertisements and more all under 50W.
  • Industrial: The Radeon E9170 Series GPU in the reliable MCM format enables the stability required for the most stringent shock and vibration tests in environments such as airplane cockpits, in addition to driving multiple displays.

 

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[1] AMD Embedded Radeon™ E6760 with 6 compute units (CU) and configured at standard engine clock speed 600 MHz can reach a maximum of 461 GFLOPS SP within thermal design power (TDP) of 30W, yielding 15.36 GFLOPS/W.  AMD Embedded Radeon™ E9173 with 8 CUs and configured at standard engine clock speed 1124 MHz can reach a maximum of 1151 GFLOPS SP within TDP of 25W, yielding 46.04 GFLOPS/W, achieving nearly 3x performance-per-watt compared to AMD Embedded Radeon™ E6760, EMB-142.

[2] Number of displays supported varies by model.

This blog post is authored by AMD Embedded customer Ido Aviram from YCD Multimedia.

 

YCD, the leading global provider of advanced digital signage software solutions, has been a proud AMD customer for more than 10 years, and we have collaborated to bring robust digital signage solutions to market in various forms, including interactive billboards, retail video walls, massive multi-display installations and more. I want to highlight one special project that is likely familiar to many of you – the iconic interactive billboard on the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York.

 

Vornado Realty Trust, a preeminent owner, manager and developer of office and retail assets, was responsible for the redevelopment of the Marriott Marquis Hotel, and had a vision to create the largest interactive billboard in Times Square. Vornado approached YCD through Mitsubishi and Diversified Systems, who were awarded with the project’s implementation. We were tasked with providing ‘pixel-perfect’ playback – where every pixel in a canvas has perfect frame synchronization across the multiple computers driving the larger display, and also had to ensure seamless content management, scheduling and flexible designs to separate the Marriott screen from other displays in a highly concentrated area where digital signage is everywhere you turn.

 

The solution? The YCD Cnario software suite, powered by AMD graphics technology. With Cnario, we delivered all of the components to drive a unique and immersive experience, including powerful graphics, diverse content that can simultaneously run across multiple screens, zero lag time and dynamic feeds to show social media content in real-time. This integrated solution makes possible choreographed sequences, animations and complex visual configurations spread across an entire canvas regardless of the type, size and duration of content.

 

Times SQ 2.jpgThe result? With support from AMD, we succeeded in helping to create the largest display in Times Square. The Marriott Marquis LED display is 100 meters wide (yes, the length of a football field), 23.5 meters high (reaching the eighth floor of the hotel), and has nearly 24 million pixels for a viewing experience like no other, reaching more than 300,000 pedestrians who pass through Times Square every day. The bezel-less LED wall is driven by two computers with a total of 18 synchronized outputs, providing full screen resolution without stretching or splitting outputs. Each video output is connected to a house-sync of the LED screen itself, allowing for perfect synchronized playback between all outputs of the two computers. Windows and content can be placed anywhere on the display, providing flexibility and easy transitions from full surface to sectioned content with a few simple clicks.

 

Today, the LED display can be used as a single large advertising space or broken down into several areas for multiple simultaneous advertisements. It has been leveraged to promote major events, from the New Year’s Eve countdown to sports championships, and continues to catch the eye of anyone who has the pleasure of walking through Times Square.

 

We would not be able to reach these heights without the graphics expertise and support from AMD, and look forward to future innovation as the digital signage industry continues to unfold.

 

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