High Performance Computing (HPC) is the amassing of great amounts of compute power and storage assets to process huge volumes of data to solve some of the world’s most complex problems.

But HPC is more than just linking multiple computers and storage devices into a cluster to quickly process workloads that are beyond the capacity of an individual machine.

In order to do the heavy lifting behind groundbreaking artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) applications such as DNA sequencing, high-frequency trading, autonomous vehicle driving, flight simulation, special effects (CGI) for the next blockbuster movie, and many others, a special processor is required.

HPC-optimized processors are available from several leading manufacturers, but with the introduction of the new AMD EPYC 7003 Series, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Competitive HPC processors are expensive, have large numbers of cores requiring per-core licensing, and are slower. They may be acceptable for enterprise workloads, but not for running AI/ML applications.

Enterprises running workloads that need the fastest per-core processor speed at the lowest possible cost now can turn to Advanced Micro Devices’ family of performance per core optimized AMD EPYC™ processors, the new standard for high performance computing.

AMD EPYC™: Faster to the Core

The third generation AMD EPYC 7003 Series focuses on processor speed rather than the number of cores. Best for single or lightly-threaded apps, select engineering design automation (EDA) or high-performance computing (HPC) software, small online transaction processing, and decision-support system workloads, AMD EPYC™ processors hold multiple world records for processing speed, energy efficiency, and price/performance-per-core.1

In fact, AMD EPYC™ dual-socket processors deliver the industry’s fastest overall floating-point performance for faster time to results. They provide 85% faster performance for manufacturing applications, offer 110% higher GROMACs performance in life sciences research, and supply up to 4TB of memory over 8 double-data-rate channels per socket for outstanding performance in memory-intensive code processing.2

The new EPYC 7003 Series HPC processor architecture is so dense and powerful that it outperforms the leading HPC chip competitors while being up to 95% more energy efficient than equivalent dual-socket processors.3

5 Reasons To Choose AMD EPYC™ For Faster HPC Workloads

The list of performance wins goes on, but that would require a lot more footnotes. Rather, here are five reasons why enterprises should choose AMD EPYC™ 7003 Series Processors to accelerate high-performance computing workloads:

  1. Faster performance. Certain high-performance computing apps need floating-point performance; they scale better by processor speed rather than by number of cores. AMD EPYC™ high-frequency processors deliver faster results. In climate research, for example, AMD EPYC™ processors deliver 67% more weather forecasts per day compared to a leading dual-socket HPC competitor.
  2. Enable new capabilities for HPC workloads. Designed to support solutions and software, third-generation AMD EPYC™ processors can be configured exactly how your workloads demand today, and continue to innovate to support your needs tomorrow.
  3. Maximum value. AMD EPYC™ dual-socket processors help save data center space, and reduce power, cooling expenses, and software licensing costs – while outperforming competitive four-socket HPC processors for integer processing by 4%.
  4. Fast and flexible deployments. Whether implemented on-premises, in the cloud, or as a hybrid solution, HPC performance, scalability, and flexibility is equally accessible in any configuration. AMD EPYC™ processors are compatible out-of-the-box with X86-based HPC applications and are part of an open-source ecosystem to prevent vendor lock-in.
  5. Decreased attack surface. AMD Infinity Guard embeds multiple security features at the silicon level, including AMD Secure Processor, AMD Shadow Stack, Secure Memory Encryption and Secure Encrypted Virtualization to protect data and detect cyber threats.

The key HPC is identifying the applications that require massive processing power, and then matching the best processors to the proper processes and workloads.

IIS can help your organization maximize its HPC needs with AMD EPYC™ high-frequency processors to achieve the best possible performance at the lowest possible cost.

Contact us at info@iisl.com to learn more about AMD EPYC™ processors, the new standard for high performance computing.

1For a complete list of world records, see amd.com/worldrecords
2See amd.com/system/files/documents/gromacs-performance-amd-epyc7003-series-processors.pdf
35 Reasons Why AMD EPYC™ CPUs Matter For HPC, amd.com/EYPC
For details on other statistics used in this document, visit amd.com/en/claims/epyc.

The IIS Team

Written by The IIS Team