New 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors

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AMD has announced that it is extending the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor family with three new processors.

These new processors combine the efficient AMD Infinity architecture with higher speed “Zen 2” cores to enhance their performance making them suitable for database, commercial high-performance computing (HPC) and hyperconverged infrastructure workloads.

The three new processors, the AMD EPYC 7F32 (8 cores), EPYC 7F52 (16 cores) and EPYC 7F72 (24 cores), expand 2nd Gen AMD EPYC performance into new workloads that can leverage up to 500 MHz of additional base frequency, and large amounts of cache, making the EPYC, according to the company, the world’s highest per core performance x86 server CPU.

The EPYC 7Fx2 processors provide enhanced performance capabilities for workloads in the heart of the enterprise market including database with higher SQL Server performance, hyperconverged infrastructure with up to 47% higher VMmark 3.1 score (using vSAN as the storage tier in a 4-node cluster) compared to other competitive devices on the market, and commercial high-performance computing (HPC), said to be 94% higher per core computational fluid dynamics individual application performance than other devices in this space.

“With the addition of three powerful new processors we are enabling our customers to unlock even better outcomes at the heart of the enterprise market,” said Dan McNamara, senior vice president and general manager, server business unit, AMD. “With our trusted partners, together we are pushing the limits of per core performance and value in hyperconverged infrastructure, commercial HPC and relational database workloads.”

Those partners include existing OEMs and new partners, which have already joined the AMD EPYC 7Fx2 series processor ecosystem.

  • Dell Technologies – Will support all three processors across its entire line-up of AMD EPYC based Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.
  • HPE – Will support all three processors on the recently announced HPE Apollo 2000 Gen10 Plus system, HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Plus server and HPE ProLiant DX servers.
  • IBM Cloud – The first cloud provider to support the processors in their latest bare metal offering available in Q2.
  • Lenovo – Will support the new AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processor on its ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 platforms.
  • Microsoft – Recognises the impact the new AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors have, including an up to 17% higher SQL Server TPM per core performance.
  • Nutanix – Nutanix HCI software will be supported on select AMD EPYC based HPE ProLiant servers in May, and the upcoming availability of AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors on HPE ProLiant DX servers in Q3.
  • Supermicro – Launching its first Super Blade platform based on 2nd Gen AMD EPYC with immediate support for the AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors.
  • VMware – Supporting the new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors, enabling customers access to powerful virtualisation platforms.