As AMD unveils new EPYC server chips, tech titans jump on board

SAN FRANCISCO – The top names in the tech industry have all joined in taking AMD’s new EPYC processors for a spin as the resurgent chipmaker formally unveiled its latest product aimed squarely at the booming datacenter market.

AMD president and CEO Lisa Su speaking during the EPYC launch at the Palace of the Fine Arts in San Francisco

Top AMD executives led by CEO Lisa Su launched the second-generation EPYC processors in a well-attended event held at the Palace of the Fine Arts in this city known for its tech prowess.  

All the big guns – from computer makers Dell, HPE, Lenovo to Internet firms Google, Twitter, and Microsoft Azure – were present as they presented their gears and cloud solutions powered by AMD’s new monster processors.

Su, who has led AMD’s incredible turnaround from near bankruptcy just a few years back, proudly proclaimed during her keynote speech that the new EPYC chips is now the planet’s highest-performing x86 processor.

The EPYC processors, which feature with 64 “Zen 2” cores working on 128 threads in leading-edge 7nm process technology, can help reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 50% across numerous workloads, according to AMD.

“Adoption of our new leadership server processors is accelerating with multiple new enterprise, cloud and high-performance computing customers choosing EPYC processors to meet their most demanding server computing needs,” Su said.

AMD said the EPYC processors are specifically designed for modern datacenter workloads, providing customers an ideal combination of features for virtualization, cloud, HPC and enterprise applications.

For the enterprise datacenter, the processors offer up to 83% better Java application performance, up to 43% better SAP SD 2 Tier performance than Intel’s Xeon processors.

At the event, several customers and partners announced new AMD EPYC processor offerings:

  • Google announced it has deployed second-generation AMD EPYC processors in its internal infrastructure production datacenter environment and in late 2019 will support new general-purpose machines powered by EPYC processors on Google Cloud Compute Engine as well;
  • Twitter announced it will deploy 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 EPYC processors;
  • HPE announced continued support of the AMD EPYC processor family with plans to triple their AMD-based portfolio with a broad range of 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 AMD EPYC processors to provide comprehensive terrestrial and space weather information to the US 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 EPYC processors. Available immediately, 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 collaboration to deliver support for new security and other features of the EPYC processors within VMware vSphere.
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