AMD in the Data Center

AMD EPYC Processors

I have been getting a lot of questions recently about AMD and if it should be used in the data center.  The short answer is YES.  Since AMD announced the EPYC processors, they have been gaining market share in the data center. Hewlett Packard Enterprise recently announced the industry’s broadest portfolio of AMD EPYC™ processor-based solutions to power everything from the edge to exascale supercomputers.  They have been breaking performance records running AMD on the HPE Cray Supercomputers.

AMD EPYC Series Processors help propel your modern data center workloads with leadership performance and advanced security features.  AMD has announced the 3rd generation of the EPYC processor. It sets the performance bar to new heights.  Built on the Zen 3 core and the AMD Infinity Architecture, the AMD EPYC 7003 series provides the best performance, highest I/O, and integrated security.  The video below shows the announcement for the new AMD EPYC generation 3 processors.


Hewett Packard Enterprise AMD EPYC Processor Portfolio

The current Hewlett Packard Enterprise product portfolio is built on the AMD EPYC generation 2 processor which features the 7002 series processors.  The 7002 is based on Zen 2 core, which delivers optimized performance-per-watt, large L3 cache for low latency access to data. These processors support up to 64 cores per socket, 128 threads, 4TB of DDR4 memory capacity across 8 memory channels, and 128 lanes of PCIe® 4.0 connectivity to reduce bottlenecks.

Based on the AMD Infinity architecture, the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors are the first server processors featuring a 7nm hybrid multi-die design and PCIe Gen4 I/O. The AMD EPYC Family continues to offer the most I/O and memory bandwidth in its class.


Security Features

AMD EPYC processors boast a set of advanced security features, called AMD Infinity Guard.  This includes the AMD secure processor, Secure Memory Encryption (SME), and Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV).  These features help minimize potential attack surfaces as software is booted, executed, and processes your critical data.

With Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV), AMD EPYC processors help safeguard privacy and integrity by encrypting each virtual machine. This aids in protecting your data’s confidentiality even if a malicious virtual machine finds a way into your virtual machine’s memory or a compromised hypervisor reaches into a guest virtual machine.

The HPE Server portfolio ranges from the low-end DL325 Gen10 Plus 1U server up to the HPE Cray EX supercomputer.  There are 1 socket and 2 socket general-purpose server options, scalable building block options, high-performance computing options, and options built for AI and Deep Learning.   Find out more about the HPE server product line with AMD EPYC processors here. 


New Products

HPE will be announcing new products based on AMD EPYC Gen3 processors in mid-April 2021.  More information will be available as it gets closer to the announcement date.  According to the HPE Press release dated March 15, 2021, HPE has secured 19 world records in key areas for optimizing workload experiences. This includes achieving leadership positions in virtualization, energy efficiency, database analytic workloads, and Java applications. To date, HPE servers and systems using 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors combined to hold a total of 32 world records.

After the announcement, the full portfolio of HPE servers and systems supporting the new 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processor will include the following:

  • HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 Plus v2 server
  • HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Plus v2 server
  • HPE ProLiant DL345 Gen10 Plus server
  • HPE ProLiant DL365 Gen10 Plus server
  • HPE Apollo 2000 Gen10 Plus system with the HPE ProLiant XL225n Gen10 Plus server
  • HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 Plus system with the HPE ProLiant XL675d Gen10 Plus server
  • HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 Plus system with the HPE ProLiant XL645d Gen10 Plus server
  • HPE Cray EX supercomputer EX425
  • HPE Cray EX supercomputer EX235n



All new HPE Apollo systems with the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processor will be available worldwide on April 6. All new HPE ProLiant servers with the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processor will be available worldwide on April 19. Contact Zunesis, if you would like to learn more about these processors.



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