Sign up for our newsletter and get the latest HPC news and analysis.
Send me information from insideHPC:


New 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors Target HPC Workloads

Today AMD added three new processors to its 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor family. Targeted at HPC workloads, the new processors combine the balanced and efficient AMD Infinity architecture with higher speed “Zen 2” cores for optimal performance.

AMD EPYC continues to redefine the modern data center, and 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.”

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 leadership into workloads that can leverage up to 500 MHz of additional base frequency, and large amounts of cache, making AMD EPYC the world’s highest per core performance x86 server CPU.

The AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors provide new performance capabilities for workloads in the heart of the enterprise market including database with up to 17% higher SQL Server performance2 compared to the competition, hyperconverged infrastructure with up to 47% higher VMmark 3.1 score (using vSAN as the storage tier in a 4-node cluster) compared to the competition for a new world record3, and commercial high-performance computing (HPC) with up to 94% higher per core computational fluid dynamics individual application performance4 compared to the competition.

A Balanced System That’s More than Gigahertz

The new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors provide leading per core performance and breakthrough value, while adding the highest per core performance of the EPYC family.

The performance of these new processors comes from a balanced architecture that combines high-performance “Zen 2” cores, innovations in system design like PCIe 4 and DDR4-3200 memory, and the AMD Infinity architecture, to provide customers with optimum system performance that enables better real world application performance.

Details of the new processors are below:

Ecosystem Growing with AMD EPYC

The ecosystem of OEMs, cloud providers, ISVs and IHVs using 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors continues to grow, with existing OEMs and new partners adopting the new AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors.

Dell Technologies will support all three processors across its entire lineup of AMD EPYC based Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, including the R6525 which holds a world record 2P Four-Node Benchmark Result on VMmark 3 with VMware vSAN1. “These new AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors enable Dell EMC PowerEdge servers to drive substantial performance benefits for customer business applications like database and hyperconverged infrastructure, where Dell EMC PowerEdge servers hold a world record in benchmark performance. Our customers will truly benefit from these new processors as we continue to grow our AMD EPYC family of PowerEdge platforms.” – Rajesh Pohani, vice president, Server Platform Product Management, Dell Technologies

HPE continues to expand its offerings using 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors with latest support of HPE SimpliVity, an intelligent hyper-converged infrastructure solution. HPE will also support all three AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors on the recently announced HPE Apollo 2000 Gen10 Plus system, HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Plus server and HPE ProLiant DX servers. “We are pleased to expand support of the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors across our portfolios, which include new additions with the HPE Apollo 2000 Gen10 Plus system, HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Plus server and HPE ProLiant DX servers to meet high-frequency and performance needs for our customers in high-performance computing and database environments.” – Peter Ungaro, senior vice president and general manager, HPC and Mission Critical Solutions (MCS), at HPE

IBM Cloud is the first cloud provider to offer its clients the AMD EPYC 7F72 processors in their bare metal offering, providing access to fast, high core-count dual socket bare metal servers. Additionally, IBM recently announced the availability of its first bare metal server powered by the AMD EPYC 7642 processor. “We are excited to be the first cloud provider to support the new AMD EPYC 7F72 processor. Now, IBM Cloud provides access to another high core-count dual socket bare metal server with high clock speed frequency, giving our clients more optimized platform choices for compute-intense workloads such as analytics, commercial HPC and EDA. We stay committed to enabling flexible and powerful bare metal experiences for clients to enhance performance and throughput.” – Satinder Sethi, general manager, IBM Cloud Infrastructure Services

Lenovo will support the new AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors on its ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 platforms. These ThinkSystem platforms are already a great choice for a variety of enterprise workloads including data analytics, software defined storage and infrastructure for remote workers. Lenovo’s storage and PCIe capabilities coupled with AMD EPYC core count and I/O density will help provide customers with choice as their business needs evolve. These new higher frequency 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, with an increased core clock speed up to 15%, in the single socket ThinkSystem platform, provides customers with greater options for workloads where per core performance is critical. Lenovo’s one socket optimized platforms with these new processors allow customers to deploy these platforms where traditionally two socket systems were used, providing power and SW licensing costs savings. “Today’s business dynamics are presenting customers with new challenges to improve speed, cost and performance. We feel confident we have the right portfolio to provide our customers with enhanced choice as organizations look to enable remote working capabilities and manage their increased data and storage requirements.” – Kamran Amini, vice president and general manager, Server, Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure, Lenovo Data Center Group

VMware, a leading innovator in enterprise software, is pleased to add support for the new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors, enabling customers access to powerful virtualization platforms. “The 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 7Fx2 processors bring new value to VMware customers. They provide a unique balance of strong per core performance coupled with an industry-leading per-processor memory capacity of 4TB. A key element of VMware vSphere, vSAN, and now VMware Cloud Foundation market success has been our commitment to helping customers quickly adopt the latest hardware innovation.” – Richard A. Brunner, chief technology officer, Server Platform Technologies, VMware

The new processors are available now through multiple OEMs and IBM Cloud.

Sign up for our insideHPC Newsletter

Resource Links: