AMD has been making headlines this year after their newest processors were announced at CES. The 2nd generation series of server-grade Epyc processors were launched today under heavy scrutiny, and so far, they’ve been smashing records. 80 records, to be precise.
Epyc utilizes the same 7nm technology as the 3rd Generation Ryzen processors, and takes it even further. Boasting a nearly doubled performance increase over competitor server processors, while nearly halving the total cost of ownership, AMD has drastically changed the game when it comes to data center and server performance.
A One-Two Punch of Performance and Price
AMD can already boast the cost savings of their 7nm technology, which allows for greater energy efficiency and increased performance, at a significant cost savings. But Epyc goes even further.
The Epyc “Rome” processors boast up to 64 physical cores and 128 threads, a count previously unheard of, and each core has their Zen 2 chiplet microarchitecture under the hood (giving them all a 15% boost in performance over previous Epyc Processors). This in itself is a remarkable feat of engineering, but what makes the newest Epyc so special is its ability to perform as a single-socket solution. It enables further savings by effectively halving hardware expenditure, as well as saving space. The advantages are so intriguing that major cloud-based companies have already begun to sing it’s praises. According to AMD’s website, they have optimized Epyc to be used across multiple industry applications:
For the enterprise datacenter, 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors offer up to 83% better Java application performance5, up to 43% better SAP SD 2 Tier performance6 than the competition and provide world record performance on Real Time Analytics with Hadoop7.
For modern cloud and virtualization workloads, 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors deliver world record virtualization8 performance that redefines datacenter economics.
For HPC, 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors offer an unmatched combination of record-setting floating point performance9 and the most DRAM memory10 and I/O bandwidth in its class to supercharge HPC workloads, including up to 2x better performance in computational fluid dynamics11 and up to 72% higher performance structural analysis12.
While Ryzen 3 attracted major press for it’s multitasking and gaming performance potential, the data center is where tech behemoths go after their biggest margins and highest volumes, and AMD seems to be going for the jugular in this case.
Virtualization is a core utility at companies large and small, in order to fully optimize the processing power in their hardware. Epyc’s newest generation is the first server CPU with an integrated and dedicated security processor. It features real-time, full memory encryption on virtual machines by locking out the host OS, hypervisor, and any malware on the computer, and decrypting virtual machines on the fly while in RAM.
This kind of security increase is a game changer for large data centers with ever-increasing concerns. Cybersecurity is at the forefront of most IT departments these days, and businesses no matter the size are increasingly at risk of malicious activity. Having a precedent for built-in security will certainly inform future generations of processors to come, but right now, it sets AMD far apart from the competition.
The Long-Term Challenge
While heavy-scaling, cloud-based companies are typically early adopters of this technology, enterprise adopters typically look for long-term, reliable solutions. And with the market so saturated with competitors, it remains to be seen how AMD will survive in the long run. With 80 records smashed, however, it’s clear that this processor powerhouse is optimistic about the future.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Recently, Newegg highlighted a partnership between AMD and Supermicro to bring single and dual-socket server boards to market using the newest EPYC processors. You can check out their products here, and our exclusive interview below: