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The Ecosystem is Ready for 2nd Generation AMD EPYC

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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
About the Author
Raghu Nambiar is the Corporate Vice President of Datacenter Ecosystems and Solutions at AMD. In this role, he leads engineering teams and their collaboration with ecosystem partners. Raghu has more than 20 years of technology industry experience across a number of engineering organizations. He was previously the CTO of the Cisco UCS business and played an instrumental role in accelerating the growth of the Cisco UCS to a top data center compute platform. He has spent his entire career working on software and hardware ecosystems for data centers, both on in research and business use cases.