Thursday, August 8th 2019

2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors Set New Standard for the Modern Datacenter

At a launch event today, AMD was joined by an expansive ecosystem of datacenter partners and customers to introduce the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC family of processors that deliver performance leadership across a broad number of enterprise, cloud and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors feature up to 64 "Zen 2" cores in leading-edge 7 nm process technology to deliver record-setting performance while helping reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 50% across numerous workloads. At the event, Google and Twitter announced new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor deployments and HPE and Lenovo announced immediate availability of new platforms.

"Today, we set a new standard for the modern datacenter with the launch of our 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors that deliver record-setting performance and significantly lower total cost of ownership across a broad set of workloads," said Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD. "Adoption of our new leadership server processors is accelerating with multiple new enterprise, cloud and HPC customers choosing EPYC processors to meet their most demanding server computing needs."
2nd Gen EPYC Processors Expand the AMD Datacenter Customer and Partner Ecosystem
At the launch event, several customers and partners joined AMD on stage to discuss new AMD EPYC processor offerings:
  • Google announced it has deployed 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors in its internal infrastructure production datacenter environment and in late 2019 will support new general-purpose machines powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors on Google Cloud Compute Engine as well;
  • Twitter announced it will deploy 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors across its datacenter infrastructure later this year, reducing TCO by 25%;
  • Microsoft announced the preview of new Azure virtual machines for general purpose applications, as well as limited previews of cloud-based remote desktops and HPC workloads based on 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors today;
  • HPE announced continued support of the AMD EPYC processor family with plans to triple their AMD-based portfolio with a broad range of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor-based systems, including the HPE ProLiant DL385 and HPE ProLiant DL325 servers;
  • Cray announced The Air Force Weather Agency will be using a Cray Shasta system with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors to provide comprehensive terrestrial and space weather information to the U.S. Air Force and Army;
  • Lenovo announced new solutions that are specifically built to take advantage of the full range of enhanced capabilities found in the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors. Available today, the ThinkSystem SR655 and SR635 are ideal solutions for use cases such as video infrastructure, virtualization, software-defined storage and more, with exceptional energy efficiency;
  • Dell announced the upcoming availability of newly designed servers optimized for 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors;
  • VMware and AMD announced a close collaboration to deliver support for new security and other features of the high-performance 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors within VMware vSphere.
"AMD 2nd Gen EPYC processors will help us continue to do what we do best in our datacenters: innovate," said Bart Sano, Google vice president of Engineering. "Its scalable compute, memory and I/O performance will expand our ability to drive innovation forward in our infrastructure and will give Google Cloud customers the flexibility to choose the best VM for their workloads."

Designed for Modern Workloads: Enterprise, Cloud and HPC
Second Gen AMD EPYC processors are specifically designed for modern datacenter workloads, providing customers an ideal combination of features to help unlock performance and redefine economics in virtualization, cloud, HPC and enterprise applications.

For the enterprise datacenter, 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors offer up to 83% better Java application performance, up to 43% better SAP SD 2 Tier performance than the competition and provide world record performance on Real Time Analytics with Hadoop.

For modern cloud and virtualization workloads, 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors deliver world record virtualization performance that redefines datacenter economics.

For HPC, 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors offer an unmatched combination of record-setting floating point performance and the most DRAM memory and I/O bandwidth in its class to supercharge HPC workloads, including up to 2x better performance in computational fluid dynamics and up to 72% higher performance structural analysis.

AMD Design Innovation Brings Breakthrough Architecture for the Datacenter
The 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor combines leadership performance, architecture and security features to meet the most demanding challenges facing the datacenter. Highlights of the AMD EPYC 7002 generation processor family include:
  • Leadership Performance: Featuring up to 64 "Zen 2" cores per SOC, 2nd Gen EPYC processors deliver up to 23% more instructions per clock (IPC) per core on server workloads and up to 4X more L3 Cache compared to the previous generation.
  • Leadership Architecture: The next-generation AMD Infinity Architecture pushes the boundaries for x86 performance and compute capabilities, giving customers access to the most I/O and memory bandwidth in its class, including PCIe Generation 4, to unleash the very latest in server performance.
  • Leadership Security Features: Delivering "hardened at the core" features based on a silicon embedded security subsystem and advanced security features like Secure Memory Encryption and Secure Encrypted Virtualization that help customers guard their most important assets and data.
A Growing Partner Ecosystem
The AMD EPYC ecosystem continues to grow with more than 60 partners supporting the launch on day one. The broad partner ecosystem including ODMs like Gigabyte and QCT, IHVs like Broadcom, Micron and Xilinx, and broad operating system support including Microsoft and multiple Linux distributions. For Linux Canonical, RedHat and SUSE collaborated with AMD to test and validate solutions based on the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors for a wide range of datacenter use cases. This validation helped the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor achieve more than 2X platforms in development compared to the 1st Gen EPYC processors.

You can read more about the expanding AMD EPYC ecosystem and the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor here at the AMD blog.

The 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor-based systems are available now from the AMD EPYC ecosystem partners.
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21 Comments on 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors Set New Standard for the Modern Datacenter

#1
dj-electric
I would very carefully say, that Zen2 in full effect, might just be the most dramatic generational performance increase to HPE sockets we have had in recent (20Y) history.
This is where AMD's vision and potential with this architecture is fully realized.
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#3
Vya Domus
Rome is simply in another league right now. It must be really strange to present a product that not only is faster but it has 4x times the performance/dollar vs your competitor, you gonna have trouble keeping up with those numbers.
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#4
john_
Double performance at half the price? This will take some time to beat. But server upgrades probably need even more time and that's the only thing that can save Intel. Well, that plus their multi year contracts with their partners/customers.
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#6
kapone32
This can only be nothing but good news for Threradripper!!!!! :D
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#7
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
repman244, post: 4094478, member: 94396"
Beast of a platform.
If anyone is interested in a great review: https://www.servethehome.com/amd-epyc-7002-series-rome-delivers-a-knockout/
From page 8:
Still, these are absolutely monster results. Just for comparison, a dual Intel Xeon E5-2650 V4 is around 105 here. Even in the midrange of a 3-year-old server stack, we are seeing a 6:1 or more socket consolidation ratio from AMD. If you are using VMware per-socket licensing, this is at the point where you can see day 1 cost savings by removing a 3-year old server cluster and continue to save more over time. We have almost never seen that in the industry.
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#8
Darmok N Jalad
AMD really has the right strategy this round, and Intel’s production woes have caught up with them big time now. Considering the massive price disparity, I am curious to see how much new business AMD just got itself.
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#9
HD64G
Tables have turned and AMD will manage over 10% much faster than analysts predict. Diff in security, efficiency, price and performance/socket is HUGE to ignore. Only long-run contracts will keep some big clients to Intel.
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#11
medi01
HD64G, post: 4094628, member: 95052"
Tables have turned and AMD will manage over 10% much faster than analysts predict. Diff in security, efficiency, price and performance/socket is HUGE to ignore. Only long-run contracts will keep some big clients to Intel.
BIggest of long contractors will get unannounced discounts, Anand speculates.
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#12
HD64G
medi01, post: 4094782, member: 158537"
BIggest of long contractors will get unannounced discounts, Anand speculates.
We already knew that but security and efficiency differencies are so big now that it gets almost idiotic to stay Intel for even one more year when running dataservers or cloud computing.
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#13
Super XP
The launch of AMD’s second generation EPYC processors is nothing short of historic, beating the competition by a large margin in almost every metric: performance, performance per watt and performance per dollar. :peace::clap::toast::rockout:

Talk about Bullies, seriously. No wonder many dislike Intel's mindless tactics to try and prevent TRUE Innovation and Technological Advancements by AMD.
We are also not allowed to name because Intel put pressure on the OEM who built it to have AMD not disclose this information, despite said OEM having their logo emblazoned all over the system. Yes, Intel is going to that level of competitive pressure on its industry partners ahead of AMD’s launch….
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#14
Aqeel Shahzad
What about motherboards/chipset and memory channels ?
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#15
hellrazor
I see a 7262 in my future.

Aqeel Shahzad, post: 4094996, member: 162480"
What about motherboards/chipset and memory channels ?
8 memory channels.
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#16
HTC
Spotted this:

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#18
Aqeel Shahzad
hellrazor, post: 4095087, member: 81601"
I see a 7262 in my future.


8 memory channels.
As suspected and what about the socket ?
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#19
john_
dont whant to set it"', post: 4096341, member: 160414"
And so it begs the question? : can Crysis run it?
I think this new AMD EPYC line of processors, is too much for Crysis. :p
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#20
theeldest
Aqeel Shahzad, post: 4096699, member: 162480"
As suspected and what about the socket ?
Have you tried reading the linked ServeTheHome article? Or any articles?
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#21
Aqeel Shahzad
theeldest, post: 4097192, member: 23394"
Have you tried reading the linked ServeTheHome article? Or any articles?
No i was more into Amd’s official news on threadripper.
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