Friday, May 20th 2022

AMD Selects Google Cloud to Provide Additional Scale for Chip Design Workloads

Google Cloud and AMD today announced a technology partnership in which AMD will run electronic design automation (EDA) for its chip-design workloads on Google Cloud, further extending the on-premises capabilities of AMD data centers. AMD will also leverage Google Cloud's global networking, storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning capabilities to further improve upon its hybrid and multicloud strategy for these EDA workloads.

Scale, elasticity, and efficient utilization of resources play critical roles in chip design, particularly given that the demand for compute processing grows with each node advancement. To remain flexible and scale easily, AMD will add Google Cloud's newest compute-optimized C2D VM instance, powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, to its suite of resources focused on EDA workloads. By leveraging Google Cloud, AMD anticipates being able to run more designs in parallel, giving the team more flexibility to manage short-term compute demands, without reducing allocation on long-term projects.
"In today's semiconductor environment, the speed, scale, and security of the cloud unlock much needed flexibility," said Sachin Gupta, GM and VP, Infrastructure, at Google Cloud. "We are pleased to provide the infrastructure required to meet AMD's compute performance needs and equip the company with our AI solutions to continue designing innovative chips."

"Leveraging the Google Cloud C2D instances powered by 3rd Gen EPYC processors for our complex EDA workloads has helped our engineering and IT teams tremendously. C2D has allowed us to be more flexible and provided a new avenue of high-performance resources that allows us to mix and match the right compute solution for our complex EDA workflows," said Mydung Pham, corporate vice president, Silicon Design Engineering, at AMD. "We're happy to work with Google Cloud to take advantage of their wealth of cloud features and the capabilities of 3rd Gen EPYC."

Through this multi-year technology partnership, Google Cloud and AMD will continue to explore new capabilities and innovations, while AMD will enjoy benefits such as:
  • Increased flexibility and choice to run applications in the most efficient manner possible
  • Improved design and operations from applied Google Cloud artificial intelligence and machine learning tools and frameworks
  • More transparency with costs and resource consumption
  • Greater agility and less vendor lock-in
For more information about Google Cloud's offerings for high-performance computing, please visit our website.
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8 Comments on AMD Selects Google Cloud to Provide Additional Scale for Chip Design Workloads

#1
thegnome
Funny, designing chips using their own processors which in turn will replace the chips in the datacenter, only to replace those with chips designed- You get the point. Feels like reproduction for biological stuff.
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#2
windwhirl
... Am I the only one that had a vague concern for the security of chip designs?

I mean, it's very high security, probably, but a misconfiguration can make all the security measures useless (remember all those Amazon S3 buckets that got leaked by misconfiguration?), and also... now all state-backed hackers are gonna know the information resides in a cloud that could probably be reached from anywhere in the world, as long as they get the right credentials (or they somehow crack the security, which would be much more unlikely)
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#3
TheoneandonlyMrK
windwhirl... Am I the only one that had a vague concern for the security of chip designs?

I mean, it's very high security, probably, but a misconfiguration can make all the security measures useless (remember all those Amazon S3 buckets that got leaked by misconfiguration?), and also... now all state-backed hackers are gonna know the information resides in a cloud that could probably be reached from anywhere in the world, as long as they get the right credentials (or they somehow crack the security, which would be much more unlikely)
It is the way IT departments are going, well HR departments , to the cloud, I agree with your concerns.
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#4
Rakhmaninov3
Teaching computers to design computers





liquid metal
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#5
blu3dragon
Sounds like a marketing coup. Or marketing genius. Not sure which exactly...

AMD to partner with Google to design chips on their cloud using AMD chips and Google chips which might also be designed on AMD chips on Google cloud, not sure exactly, but the important thing is, Google selected AMD chips for their cloud and AMD selected Google cloud so you should use both as well.
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#6
ThrashZone
Hi,
Guessing amd needs better accounting and resource staff if they can't keep track of what is being spent in house and need a bill from google cloud to tell them how much they owe this month/... it says
Greater agility and less vendor lock-in
but I'm guessing again amd staff is being locked out not locked in from amd servers :laugh:
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#7
theGryphon
It may very well be that this deal was an unwritten clause in Google-AMD deal for chips... No proof but is very plausible...
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#8
big_glasses
It's the advantage of not needing to maintain the server park yourself/in-house
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