AMD charges back into the HPC fray with new systems


After years of watching its presence shrink on the Top 500 supercomputer list, AMD is battling back with a new set of EPYC-based server processors and specially-tuned GPUs for high-performance computing (HPC) in a complete server system.

The company and its partners announced new servers with the EPYC 7601 processor, which it claims is three times more performance-efficient than Intel’s best Xeon server processors, the Xeon Platinum 8180M1, as measured by SPECfp[i] benchmark. The news came at the Supercomputing ’17 show taking place in Denver.

Target workloads for AMD solutions include machine learning, weather modeling, computational fluid dynamics, simulation and crash analysis in aviation and automotive manufacturing, and oil and gas exploration, according to the company.

OEMs offering AMD’s EPYC systems

The company has an impressive lineup of OEMs and system integrators offering EPYC systems: Asus, BOXX, Gigabyte, HPE, Inventec, Penguin, Silicon Mechanics, Supermicro, Synnex, and Tyan. Notably absent: Dell EMC and Lenovo. However, Dell did make a positive statement of support for EPYC when it was launched, so Dell may be working on something and it just wasn’t ready to announce yet.

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