AMD EPYC Datacentre Processor Launches With Record-Setting Performance


AMD and a global ecosystem of server partners has marked a new era in the data centre with the launch of AMD EPYC 7000 series high performance data centre processors.

AMD was joined by multiple customers and partners at the global launch event in presenting a wide array of systems, performance demonstrations, and customer testimonials. The innovative, record-setting AMD EPYC design, with up to 32 high performance ‘Zen’ cores and an unparalleled feature set, delivers great performance across a full range of integer, floating point, memory bandwidth, and I/O benchmarks and workloads.

Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD, comments: “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. We are proud to bring choice and innovation back to the data centre with the strong support of our global ecosystem partners.”

Server manufacturers introduced products based on AMD EPYC 7000 series processors at the launch, including HPE, Dell, Asus, Gigabyte, Inventec, Lenovo, Sugon, Supermicro, Tyan, and Wistron. Primary hypervisor and server operating system providers Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware showcased optimised support for EPYC, while key server hardware ecosystem partners Mellanox, Samsung Electronics, and Xilinx were also featured in EPYC-optimised platforms.

Leading server OEM platforms

“The EPYC processor represents a paradigm shift in computing and will usher in a new era for the IT ecosystem,” says Antonio Neri, EVP and general manager Enterprise Group, HPE.

“Starting with the Cloudline CL3150 and expanding into other product lines later this year, the arrival of EPYC in HPE systems will be welcomed by customers who are eager to deploy the performance and innovation EPYC delivers.”

Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president, server solutions division at Dell EMC comments: “Our next generation of PowerEdge servers are the bedrock of the modern data centre that are designed to maximise business scalability and intelligent automation with integrated security. The combination of PowerEdge and the AMD EPYC performance and security capabilities will create unique compute solutions for our customers to accelerate workloads and protect their business.”

Cloud data centre and enterprise customers

Data centre and cloud service providers also welcomed EPYC to the market. Members of the ‘Super 7’ data centre services providers, including Baidu and Microsoft Azure, as well as 1&1, Bloomberg, Dropbox and LexisNexis, all voiced their support at launch.

Dr. Zhang Ya Qin, president of Baidu, says: “The AMD EPYC processor powered one-socket server can significantly increase our data centre computing efficiency, reduce TCO and lower energy consumption. We will start deploying with the launch of AMD EPYC and I look forward to our cooperation leading to scaled EPYC adoption this year, and ongoing innovations.”

“We’ve worked to make Microsoft Azure a powerful enterprise grade cloud platform, that helps guide the success of our customers, no matter their size or geography,” says Girish Bablani, corporate vice president, Azure Compute, Microsoft Corp.

“To power Azure, we require the most cutting-edge infrastructure and the latest advances in silicon which is why we intend to be the first global cloud provider to deliver AMD EPYC, and its combination of high performance and value, to customers.”