AMD Powers Azure HBv2 Virtual Machines for HPC Workloads

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The AMD and Microsoft partnership continues to expand this week with the launch of Microsoft Azure NVv4 Virtual Machines. Powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC  Processors and AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs, the powerful new VMs are now generally available to customers in South Central US, East US, and West Europe regions, with additional regions planned for the coming months.

These VMs, the first in the industry to be powered by both AMD EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs, enable customers to scale virtual desktops in the cloud that support a variety of workloads.

This announcement follows the recent momentum for AMD powered Azure VMs including the general availability of the Dav4-series and Eav4-series VM, made for general purpose and memory intensive workloads, and the general availability of the HBv2-series VMs for high-performance computing workloads.

Additional AMD-powered VMs include:

  • Dav4 series VM: The Dav4 and Dasv4 Azure VMs are made for a variety of general-purpose applications. Featuring the powerful AMD EPYC 7452 processor, the VMs offer up to 96 vCPUs, 384 GBs of RAM, and 2,400 GBs of SSD-based temporary storage and support for Azure Premium SSDs.
  • Eav4 series VM: The Eav4 and Easv4 Azure VMs are made for memory-intensive workloads. These new VMs were the first in the cloud to feature the AMD EPYC 7452 processor and offer up to 64 percent better SQL Server workload performance in Azure than the previous generation E-series VM
  • HBv2 VM: Powered by the AMD EPYC 7742 CPU, these VMs are purpose made for high-performance computing workloads like CFD, explicit finite element analysis, seismic processing, reservoir modeling, rendering and more. Recently, Azure announced that in a series of HPC benchmarks, the HBv2 VM eclipsed 80,000 cores for message passing interface scalability, providing on-premise supercomputing levels of performance in the cloud.
  • NVv4 VM: Powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Radeon Instinct MI25 GPUs, NVv4 delivers a modern desktop and workstation experience in the cloud. Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) based GPU partitioning offers four resource-balanced configuration options, from 1/8th to a full GPU, to deliver a flexible, GPU-enabled virtual desktop experience.
  • Lsv2: The Lsv2-series is well suited to big data applications, SQL and NoSQL databases, data warehousing, and large transactional databases. The Lsv2 VMs run on the AMD EPYC 7551 processor.

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