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AMD EPYC™ 7003 Processors Provide Solutions for Workload Performance on Oracle® E4 Instances

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Enterprises continually demand ever-greater computing power to deliver flexibility, scalability, security, reliability, and uptime when running various mission-critical and business-critical enterprise applications. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) that provides cloud-based solutions, including both dedicated bare metal servers and flexible VMs to run the most demanding cloud native and enterprise IT and high-performance compute workloads. OCI offers a significant price-performance advantage and a flexible infrastructure approach compared to on-premise data centers, while providing the on-demand elasticity and cost savings potential of the public cloud. Oracle has a longstanding reputation for providing technologies that empower enterprises to solve demanding business problems—and according to Oracle, OCI is the first cloud purpose-built to enable enterprises to run business-critical production workl....

The OCI E4 Platform offers both bare metal servers and virtual machines (VM) based on 3rd Generation AMD EPYC™ processors that feature up to 128 cores, a base clock frequency of 2.55GHz, and a maximum boost of up to 3.5GHz. (The max boost for AMD processors is the maximum frequency achievable by any single core on the processor under normal operating conditions for server systems.)

  • The bare-metal servers are called Standard Shapes. Each Standard Shapes instance supports 128 OCPUs (128 cores and 256 threads) with 256MB of L3 cache, 2TB of RAM, and 100Gbps of overall network bandwidth.
  • The VMs are called Flexible Shapes. Flexible Shapes offer a flexible infrastructure approach that allows customers to specify the precise number of cores (up to 64) and corresponding memory (up to 64GB per core) to match workload requirements, thereby alleviating concerns associated with having to choose a predefined size. Explore Oracle Cloud Economics to see how flexible shapes provide better price-performance and enable you to build your solution without wasting resources.

In various scale-up and scale-out configurations, OCI E4 instances deliver up to a 30% generational performance boost average across various enterprise workloads compared to the corresponding E3 instances. Please see AMD EPYC™ 7003 Series Processors in the Cloud: Enterprise Solutions for Workload Performance on Orac... for detailed testing, performance, and price-performance information, including additional references.


Powered by world record-setting AMD EPYC™ 7003 Series Processors, the OCI E4 Platform gives customers a variety of infrastructure sizing choices for optimal performance, scalability, reliability, flexible VM sizing and bare metal servers options—all available on demand. AMD is committed to industry standards, offering high performing products on the x86 architecture. This x86 compatibility means you can run your applications on AMD EPYC-powered instances on the OCI Compute instances with little to no modification. AMD’s broad partner ecosystem and collaborative engineering provide tested and validated solutions that help lower risk.

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Raghu Nambiar is Corporate Vice President of Data Center Ecosystems and Solutions 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.

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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.