Nokia Selects AMD EPYC Processors to Help Lower Energy Use for 5G Networks

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Nokia’s Core Networks division is using 3rd Generation AMD EPYC processors to power the servers that deliver Nokia Core cloud-native software products. It means that the server-chip options available to Nokia’s communication service provider (CSP) clients have been expanded. It would help drive new levels of performance and energy efficiency improvements in 5G networks.

The initiative is part of Nokia’s larger efforts to advance digitization in order to assist the ICT industry in reducing its environmental footprint and assisting other industries in becoming more resource efficient.

Nokia is aiming for a 40% decrease in server power consumption while running Nokia Core workloads on AMD EPYC processors.

“Through the latest generation of AMD EPYC processors and Nokia’s cloud-native Core software, we are helping CSPs shrink the carbon footprint of their networks,” said Fran Heeran, SVP & Head of Core Networks, Cloud and Network Services at Nokia. “This is critical as advanced 5G service roll-out accelerates, with the associated implications for new demands on energy consumption and our continued innovation push to minimize the impact of those demands.”

Telco and 5G Workloads

When the AMD EPYC-powered servers become commercially available in the first half of 2022, Nokia CSP customers will be able to purchase them through Nokia or directly from other providers. Existing servers based on other CPUs that offer Nokia Core software will remain operational.

Nokia has pledged to cut emissions by half by 2030 across its value chain, which includes its own activities, goods in use, logistics, and final assembly supplier facilities.

“We are excited to collaborate with Nokia to provide their customers with the performance, efficiency and overall sustainability benefits of 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors,” said Dan McNamara, SVP & GM, EPYC, Server, AMD. “With our unique capability to offer high core counts in an energy efficient package, we are enabling outstanding performance for telco and 5G workloads, while supporting Nokia and the ICT industry’s quest to improve energy efficiency and the overall performance of its operations.”