AMD unveils EPYC data centre processor
Wed 21 Jun 2017
AMD has introduced the EPYC 7000 series high-performance data center processor. The largest processor in the EPYC 7000 series features to 32 high-performance ‘Zen’ cores and 64 threads, significantly more than the current competition.
The EPYC processors boast record-breaking performance metrics, on both one-socket and two-socket server systems. AMD has stated that due to EPYC’s high-performance metrics, a company can save up to 20% in capital expenditures by using a one-socket server system, compared to using a two-socket Intel system for the same job.
The company noted that at every price point for two-socket processors, EPYC outperformed the competition with up to 70% better metrics in the $800 price band, and 47% in the $4000+ price band.
EPYC chips are already in use by industry leaders Dell, HPE, Lenovo, Samsung and VMWare, among others. Microsoft Azure and Baidu have also announced deployments of EPYC processors in their cloud data centers.
The basic model EPYC 7251 offers eight cores with 16 threads, and is expected to have a thermal design power (TDP) output of 120W, comparable to a similar product from Intel.
EPYC offers 16 core/32 thread and 24 core/48 thread options, topping out with the massive EPYC 7601 processor which offers 32 cores with 64 threads at a TDP of only 140W.
All EYPC 7000 series processors offer 8 channels of DDR4 DRAM, and 128 lanes PCle. The chips in the series also provide 2TB of memory.
Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD promoted the performance metrics of the EPYC processors, noting that the competition was outperformed at every level, applicable to critical workloads in the enterprise and the cloud, including data-intensive machine learning workloads.
“EPYC processors offer uncompromising performance for single-socket systems while scaling dual-socket server performance to new heights, outperforming the competition at every price point,” she said. “We are proud to bring choice and innovation back to the data center with the strong support of our global ecosystem partners.”
HPE, Dell and Lenovo, among others, introduced products based on the EPYC processors at the product launch in Austin, TX.
The EPYC processors offer a full set of features including enterprise-class reliability and innovative security features.
In March, details on the new CPU offering from AMD began to leak, with the belief that if the processors performed at the level expected, the series (called ‘Naples’ at that time) could potentially revolutionize the data center at the processor level. Just a few weeks later, Intel was rumored to be focusing on designing a chip for the Purley line that incorporated 32 cores and 64 threads in order to compete with the EPYC line from AMD.