The 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPUs from AMD have been made generally available. According to AMD, these latest processors offer truly enhanced server performance for demanding applications in cloud, corporate, and high performance computing.
Built on the ‘Zen 4’ core, AMD’s highest performance core to yet, the processors would offer industry-leading performance, energy efficiency, and support for clients’ data center modernization initiatives for increased application throughput and more useful insights.
“Choosing the right data center processor is more important than ever, and 4th Gen EPYC processors deliver leadership in every dimension,” said Dr. Lisa Su, Chair and CEO at AMD. “The data center represents the largest growth opportunity and most strategic priority for AMD, and we are committed to making AMD the partner of choice by offering the industry’s broadest portfolio of high-performance and adaptive computing engines. We have built the best data center CPU roadmap in the industry, and with 4th Gen AMD EPYC we deliver another major step forward in performance and efficiency to make the best server processor roadmap even better. With a significantly expanded set of solutions on-track to launch from our ecosystem of partners, customers selecting 4th Gen EPYC to power their data centers can improve performance, consolidate their infrastructure, and lower energy costs.”
Security by Design
According to AMD, with their 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors, businesses can:
- Support Performance and Efficiency – The new AMD EPYC processors would allow hosting providers and end-clients to deploy fewer, more powerful servers to continue to meet their compute needs thanks to up to 96 cores in a single processor. As a result, they would be able to increase the data center’s flexibility, which they could use to address sustainability goals and produce tangible benefits.
- Help Keep Data Secure – AMD would keep x86 CPUs updated with improved security features using a ‘Security by Design’ strategy. The AMD Infinity Guard, a state-of-the-art suite of features that provides both physical and virtual levels of safety, is enhanced by the 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPU line. With two times as many encryption keys as previous generations, 4th Gen EPYC processors help users in maintaining the security of their data, whether it is kept locally, in the cloud, or in storage.
- Use the Latest Industry Features and Architectures – AMD clients would yet again receive an ‘all-in’ feature set from these processors, and all they would have to do is select the core count and frequency that best suit their workload requirements. Support for DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5, which can be critical for AI and ML applications, is introduced with the 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPU. Additionally, 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors support CXL 1.1+ memory expansion, assisting users in meeting the demand for more in-memory workload capacity.
Expanding the AMD EPYC Processor Ecosystem
At the ‘together we advance_data centers’ event, AMD executives received support from a number of cloud, software, and OEM partners, including Dell Technologies, HPE, Lenovo, Supermicro, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), and VMware. These companies made clear that they supported AMD EPYC CPUs starting with the fourth generation:
- The next generation of Dell PowerEdge servers featuring AMD EPYC 4th Generation CPUs was introduced by Dell Technologies. The new systems are meant to assist businesses more efficiently power demanding, compute-centric applications like data analytics by offering excellent application performance.
- Google Cloud showed how AMD EPYC processors in its data centers are assisting Google with their efficiency objectives and talked about integrating 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors into Google Cloud Compute Engine. Additionally, they emphasized how Google Cloud’s Confidential Computing portfolio and Tau virtual machines employ AMD EPYC processors to give industry-leading price-performance.
- New HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers have been introduced by HPE, and they support 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPUs. HPE GreenLake, a pay-as-you-go consumption model, is also an option. With the introduction of the HPE Cray EX2500 and HPE Cray XD2000 supercomputers, HPE also declared support for 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors throughout its entire supercomputing lineup.
- In order to facilitate quick hybrid multi-cloud deployment and streamline infrastructure administration, Lenovo unveiled 21 new ThinkSystem servers and ThinkAgile hyperconverged (HCI) systems powered by 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors, including ThinkAgile VX and ThinkAgile HX.
- A preview of new Virtual Machines (VMs) for HPC was released by Microsoft. Both the brand-new HX-series and HBv4-series virtual machines are powered by 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPUs. When all of them become generally available in 2023, they will all have AMD 3D V-Cache Technology. Additional virtual machines and containers powered by AMD’s 4th generation EPYC were also announced by Microsoft.
- Customers like Oracle Red Bull Racing may employ the most recent Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) E5 compute instances, which are powered by 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors, to develop their next powertrain projects. OCI Confidential Computing from Oracle, which is based on AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization, will also offer improved security (SEV). Additionally, MySQL HeatWave, Oracle Autonomous Database, and Exadata Database Service on OCI are powered by 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPUs.
- Significant updates to Supermicro’s extensive line of servers that support the new 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPUs in the A+ series were announced.
- The availability of vSphere 8 support and optimization for systems running 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors was announced by VMware.