Wednesday, September 29th 2021

AMD Announces Ambitious Goal to Increase Energy Efficiency of Processors Running AI Training and High Performance Computing Applications 30x by 2025

AMD today announced a goal to deliver a 30x increase in energy efficiency for AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Instinct accelerators in Artificial Intelligence (AI) training and High Performance Computing (HPC) applications running on accelerated compute nodes by 2025.1 Accomplishing this ambitious goal will require AMD to increase the energy efficiency of a compute node at a rate that is more than 2.5x faster than the aggregate industry-wide improvement made during the last five years.

Accelerated compute nodes are the most powerful and advanced computing systems in the world used for scientific research and large-scale supercomputer simulations. They provide the computing capability used by scientists to achieve breakthroughs across many fields including material sciences, climate predictions, genomics, drug discovery and alternative energy. Accelerated nodes are also integral for training AI neural networks that are currently used for activities including speech recognition, language translation and expert recommendation systems, with similar promising uses over the coming decade. The 30x goal would save billions of kilowatt hours of electricity in 2025, reducing the power required for these systems to complete a single calculation by 97% over five years.
"Achieving gains in processor energy efficiency is a long-term design priority for AMD and we are now setting a new goal for modern compute nodes using our high-performance CPUs and accelerators when applied to AI training and high-performance computing deployments," said Mark Papermaster, executive vice president and CTO, AMD. "Focused on these very important segments and the value proposition for leading companies to enhance their environmental stewardship, AMD's 30x goal outpaces industry energy efficiency performance in these areas by 150% compared to the previous five-year time period."

"With computing becoming ubiquitous from edge to core to cloud, AMD has taken a bold position on the energy efficiency of its processors, this time for the accelerated compute for AI and High Performance Computing applications," said Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research. "Future gains are more difficult now as the historical advantages that come with Moore's Law have greatly diminished. A 30-times improvement in energy efficiency in five years will be an impressive technical achievement that will demonstrate the strength of AMD technology and their emphasis on environmental sustainability."

Increased energy efficiency for accelerated computing applications is part of the company's new goals in Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) spanning its operations, supply chain and products. For more than twenty-five years, AMD has been transparently reporting on its environmental stewardship and performance. For its recent achievements in product energy efficiency, AMD was named to Fortune's Change the World list in 2020 that recognizes outstanding efforts by companies to tackle society's unmet needs.

Methodology
In addition to compute node performance/Watt measurements, to make the goal particularly relevant to worldwide energy use, AMD uses segment-specific datacenter power utilization effectiveness (PUE) with equipment utilization taken into account. The energy consumption baseline uses the same industry energy per operation improvement rates as from 2015-2020, extrapolated to 2025. The measure of energy per operation improvement in each segment from 2020-2025 is weighted by the projected worldwide volumes multiplied by the Typical Energy Consumption (TEC) of each computing segment to arrive at a meaningful metric of actual energy usage improvement worldwide.

Dr. Jonathan Koomey, President, Koomey Analytics, said "The energy efficiency goal set by AMD for accelerated compute nodes used for AI training and High Performance Computing fully reflects modern workloads, representative operating behaviors and accurate benchmarking methodology."
Source: AMD
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10 Comments on AMD Announces Ambitious Goal to Increase Energy Efficiency of Processors Running AI Training and High Performance Computing Applications 30x by 2025

#1
Xuper
Where did you get those images? can't find them
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P4-630
How coincidental :laugh:

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freeagent
Tapping into that Alien tech that's been shelved for years :D
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DeathtoGnomes
30x increase in energy efficiency
That seems pretty ambitious in that time frame.
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Metroid
This is just a way to increase the overvalued/overpriced amd share, in 4 years you will see that 30x x cpus from now is just bs. This seems what politicians promise and they never deliver and then in 4 years they promise the same thing hehe
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zlobby
MetroidThis is just a way to increase the overvalued/overpriced amd share, in 4 years you will see that 30x x cpus from now is just bs. This seems what politicians promise and they never deliver and then in 4 years they promise the same thing hehe
I agree that the 30x increase is mostly investors bait. However, let's not forget what they promised during the Bulldozer era, and that they delivered on that.
DeathtoGnomesThat seems pretty ambitious in that time frame.
In terms of PUE! Now that I read the article better it's all clear and actually achievable.
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Minus Infinity
Alas this means 30x more efficient but performance will increase 90x and energy consumption will still skyrocket, it'll just mean more FLOPS per watt, but the FLOPS will be so high it'll have to use more energy. There is no free lunch. So sure expect say RT9900XT that does 4K@480 but still uses 800W, whereas a 6900XT would use 1.6kW at same performance.
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#8
Flanker
freeagentTapping into that Alien tech that's been shelved for years :D
Prothean tech?
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prtskg
They can definitely reach this goal in AI training as the base is 2015-20 era hardwares. In HPC, it'll be more difficult.
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AnarchoPrimitiv
Minus InfinityAlas this means 30x more efficient but performance will increase 90x and energy consumption will still skyrocket, it'll just mean more FLOPS per watt, but the FLOPS will be so high it'll have to use more energy. There is no free lunch. So sure expect say RT9900XT that does 4K@480 but still uses 800W, whereas a 6900XT would use 1.6kW at same performance.
It's a well studied phenomenon called the "rebound effect", where gains in efficiency don't actually lead to net power usages decreases, but increases instead. There's this great book called "Techno-Fix: Why Technology Can't Save Us or the Environment" written by Michael Huesemann, PhD and Joyce Huesemann, PhD who have worked in biotech for 25 years, and it explains this phenomenon in depth with ample empirical evidence.
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