Baidu picks AMD to power its data center for AI, cloud computing services

Chipmaker AMD and Chinese language Internet search provider Baidu has announced the immediate availability of AMD-powered artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and cloud computing services.

Product Photo: AMD EPYC™ Processors (PNG)

The advanced feature of the AMD EPYC processor in a single-socket platform allows Baidu to deliver massive storage and compute services to its customers. Baidu expects to further expand its use of AMD EPYC processors across its global data centers beginning in the first quarter of 2018.

“By offering outstanding performance in single-processor systems, the AMD EPYC platform provides flexibility and high-performance in our datacenter, which allows Baidu to deliver more efficient services to our customers,” said Liu Chao, senior director for Baidu System Technologies Department.

“Baidu’s mission is to make a complex world simpler through technology, and we are constantly looking to discover and apply the latest cutting-edge technologies, innovations, and solutions to business.”

With support for 128 lanes of PCIe connectivity, an AMD EPYC processor delivers 2.6 times the input/output (I/O) density than competitive solutions enabling Baidu to achieve a level of scale in high-performance x86.

“Baidu is a long-recognized pioneer in datacenter innovations, and with their adoption of AMD EPYC they continue down that path by leveraging our single-socket innovations to power their ABC strategy,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president, and general manager at AMD Enterprise Solutions.

“It is a thrilling experience to work side-by-side with Baidu to explore the capabilities of AMD EPYC and maximize its application across their customers’ workloads.”

The combination of performance from the EPYC processor cores and compute and I/O density packaged in a single-socket configuration provides the ideal platform for Baidu’s next generation cloud services.

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