At a launch event today, AMD (NASDAQ: 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 7nm process technology to deliver record-setting performance while helping reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 50% across numerous workloads[i]. 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[ii], up to 43% better SAP SD 2 Tier performance[iii] than the competition and provide world record performance on Real Time Analytics with Hadoop[iv].
For modern cloud and virtualization workloads, 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors deliver world record virtualization[v] performance that redefines datacenter economics.
For HPC, 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors offer an unmatched combination of record-setting floating point performance[vi] and the most DRAM memory[vii] and I/O bandwidth in its class to supercharge HPC workloads, including up to 2x better performance in computational fluid dynamics[viii] and up to 72% higher performance structural analysis[ix].
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[x] 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[xi] and memory bandwidth[xii] 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. Learn more about where to purchase those systems here.
[i] Comparison results calculated by AMD based on a hypothetical scenario hosting 2,560 virtual machines on 2-socket Intel Xeon 6242 (32 total cores) based systems versus AMD EPYC™ 7702P (64 total cores) based No Compromise Single Socket Systems, excluding software application costs. Each virtual machine is allocated one core and 8GB of DRAM, resulting in 80 Intel based systems (2,560/32) and 40 AMD EPYC based systems (2,560/64). System Configurations: Intel Xeon based servers in 2U Rack Mount chassis, with (2) Intel® Xeon® Gold 6242 2.8GHz base frequency, 16 cores/32 threads, (16) 16GB RDIMM DDR4 2933MT/s, Dual Rank DIMMs, (1) 480GB SSD SAS Mix Use drive, one dual port 10GbE ethernet adapter, dual hot swap power supplies w/cables, and OEM standard warranty with estimated price of $21,196 each for a total hardware acquisition price of $1,695,680. AMD EPYC based servers include – (40) 1U Rack Mount chassis with (1) AMD EPYC 7702P 2.0GHz base frequency, 64 cores/128 threads, (16) 32GB RDIMM DDR4 2933MT/s, Dual Rank DIMMs, (1) 480GB SSD SAS Mix Use drive, one dual port 10GbE ethernet adapter, dual hot swap power supplies w/cables, and OEM standard warranty with estimated price of $23,696 each for a total hardware acquisition price of $947,840. Estimated System Pricing: AMD Estimated Pricing based on select OEM list pricing as of 7/30/2019 for Intel based systems and AMD projected OEM list pricing as of 8/7/2019 for AMD EPYC based systems. Pricing is an AMD estimate only – actual system pricing will vary by system and by seller. Power cost estimate is an internal AMD estimate based on Intel Xeon based system input power – 498 watts, AMD EPYC-based system input power – 389 watts electricity cost calculated at $0.12/kw/hr with an assumed PUE of 2.0. Intel Xeon power cost/server/year is estimated at $1,047, AMD EPYC power cost/server/year is estimated at $818 for a three year total power cost of $251,280 and $98,040 for an estimated total power savings of 61%. Datacenter space costs include 160 U’s for Intel Xeon-based Systems or 4 Rack Cabinets and 40 U’s for AMD EPYC-based Systems or 1 Rack Cabinet – AMD internal estimate of Data Center space cost of $19,053 per cabinet per year results in 3 year space costs of $228,636 and $57,159 respectively – a 75% savings. Server Administration cost is calculated with an estimate of $85,795 per server administrator with a ratio of one server administrator per 30 servers resulting in 3 year estimated administration costs of $686,360 for 80 Intel Xeon-based Systems and $343,180 for 40 AMD EPYC-based systems – 50% savings. Licensing costs are calculated using VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus licensed per socket and priced as of 7/28/2019 on www.cdw.com at $3,612 each for a total 3-year cost of $577,920 for (80) Intel Xeon-based 2 socket systems and $144,480 for (40) AMD EPYC No Compromise Single Socket-based Systems. Total estimated 3 Year TCO as a result is $3,439,876 for Intel-based Systems and $1,590,699 for AMD EPYC-based systems resulting in an estimated TCO/VM/YR of $448 and $207 respectively – a 54% savings including virtualization management software licenses but excluding other software costs. This scenario contains many assumptions and estimates and, while based on AMD internal research and best approximations, should be considered an example for information purposes only, and not used as a basis for decision making over actual testing. TCO-2
[ii] A 2P EPYC 7742 powered server has a World Record 2P SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM Max max-jOPS score of 355,121 (SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM Critical scored 151,270 critical-jOPS), http://www.spec.org/jbb2015/results/res2019q3/jbb2015-20190717-00460.html as of August 7, 2019. The highest previous 2P max-jOPS score is 194,068 (SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM Critical scored 53,616 critical-jOPS) by an Intel 8280 server, https://www.spec.org/jbb2015/results/res2019q2/jbb2015-20190313-00374.html. SPEC® and SPECjbb® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See www.spec.org for more information. ROM-107
[iii] An EPYC™ 7702 powered server has a World Record x86 2P SAP SD® 2 tier with Windows® Server score of 45,600 on Aug 7, 2019, https://www.sap.com/dmc/benchmark/2019/Cert19044, that is 43% (45600/ 31900 = 1.429) higher than the previous #1, an Intel Platinum 8180 powered server with a score of 31,900, https://www.sap.com/dmc/benchmark/2017/Cert17028.pdf. SAP® SD scores can be found at https://www.sap.com/dmc/exp/2018-benchmark-directory/#/sd, July 31, 2019. More information on SAP Standard Application Benchmarks go to https://www.sap.com/about/benchmark.html. ROM-128; An EPYC™ 7702 powered server has a World Record x86 2P SAP SD® 2 tier score of 45,600 on Aug 7, 2019, https://www.sap.com/dmc/benchmark/2019/Cert19044, that is 28% (45600/ 35505 = 1.284) higher than the previous #1, an Intel Platinum 8280 powered server with a score of 35,505, https://www.sap.com/dmc/benchmark/2019/Cert19026.pdf. SAP® SD scores can be found at https://www.sap.com/dmc/exp/2018-benchmark-directory/#/sd, July 31, 2019. More information on SAP Standard Application Benchmarks go to https://www.sap.com/about/benchmark.html. ROM-129
[iv] Results as of 8/7/2019. EPYC™ 7502P result published at TPC website, http://www.tpc.org/5533. Previous best published result on the TPC website at http://www.tpc.org/tpcx-hs/results/tpcxhs_advanced_sort.asp?version=2. TPC and TPC Benchmark are registered trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. ROM-162
[v] A 2P EPYC 7702 powered server has SPECvirt_sc2013 score of 5451.2 and 305 VMs, https://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/res2019q3/virt_sc2013-20190716-00120-perf.html as of August 7, 2019. The next highest score is a 2P Intel Platinum 8180 server with a score of 3376 and 189 VMs, https://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/res2017q4/virt_sc2013-20171017-00098-perf.html as of July 28, 2019. SPEC® and SPECvirt® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See www.spec.org for more information. ROM-99.
[vi]Based on SPECrate®2017 peak integer scores. A 2P EPYC™ 7742 processor powered server has higher SPECrate®2017_int_peak score of 749 and a base score of 682 as of August 7, 2019, http:/spec.org/cpu2017/results/res2019q3/cpu2017-20190722-16242.html. The next hightest int_peak score with a 2P Intel Platinum 9282 of 676 and a base score of 643, http://spec.org/cpu2017/results/res2019q3/cpu2017-20190624-15369.pdf, on July 28, 2019. SPEC®, SPECrate® and SPEC CPU® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See www.spec.org for more information. ROM-114.
[vii] Each 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors support up to 4TB of DRAM. Intel Scalable processors support up to 2TB with Platinum 8200 and 1TB with the 9200 processors per ark.intel.com, July 9, 2019. ROM-39
[viii] Based on AMD internal testing of ANSYS FLUENT 19.1, lm6000_16m benchmark, as of July 17, 2019 using a 2P EPYC 7742 powered reference server versus a 2P Xeon Platinum 8280 powered server. Results may vary. ROM-77
[ix] Based on AMD internal testing of Altair RADIOSS 2018, T10M benchmark, as of July 17, 2019 using a 2P EPYC 7742 powered reference server versus a 2P Xeon Platinum 8280 powered server. Results may vary. Class based on industry-standard pin-based (LGA) X86 processors. ROM-55
[x]Based on AMD internal testing, average per thread performance improvement at ISO-frequency on a 32-core, 64-thread, 2nd generation AMD EPYC™ platform as compared to 32-core 64-thread 1st generation AMD EPYC™ platform measured on a selected set of workloads including sub-components of SPEC CPU® 2017_int and representative server workloads. ROM-236
[xi] Based on processor lanes multiplied by PCIe® bandwidth. PCIe 4 = 16 GB/s link bandwidth vs. PCIe 3 = 8 GB/s. ROM-21
[xii] EPYC™ 7002 series has 8 memory channels, supporting 3200 MHz DIMMs yielding 204.8 GB/s of bandwidth vs. the same class of Intel Scalable Gen 2 processors with only 6 memory channels and supporting 2933 MHz DIMMs yielding 140.8 GB/s of bandwidth. 204.8 / 140.8 = 1.454545 – 1.0 = .45 or 45% more. AMD EPYC has 45% more bandwidth. Class based on industry-standard pin-based (LGA) X86 processors. ROM-11