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AMD, HPE Team to Top Server Benchmarks 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Advanced Micro Devices are claiming a batch of benchmark performance records for HPE servers equipped with AMD’s latest Epyc processor.

The virtualization performance and power efficiency world records announced this week were achieved on HPE ProLiant DL325 and DL385 servers equipped with the second-generation AMD Epyc Rome processor that launched today (Aug. 7). The partners said the combination produced 37 world records. HPE’s Apollo 35 server is also available today with Rome.

The pairing targets growing enterprise requirements for workload optimization as those data-intensive jobs are spread across virtual, cloud and on-premise infrastructure. For its part, AMD is aiming its EPYC processor technology at datacenter application long dominated by chip rival Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC).

The partners cited the virtualization performance record as a key benchmark for optimizing cloud and datacenter infrastructure. The HPE server-AMD processor combination yielded a 61-percent boost in virtualization performance, they reported on Wednesday (Aug. 7).

(AMD’s Epyc 7742 was scheduled for release at a company event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The leaked results of benchmark tests pitting the a pair of AMD Rome processors against Intel’s Xeon Platinum and Gold CPUs)

Database performance topped the previous benchmark record by a whopping 321 percent. That capability could enhance database provisioning and maintenance for big data, cloud and Internet of Things workloads, they added.

A ProLiant DL325 server running a single Gen-2 Epyc processor also achieved a benchmark record for in-memory data analytics running on Apache Hadoop. The partners claimed separate benchmark records in the database category for both 10-Tb and 30-Tb scaling factors.

HPE (NYSE: HPE) noted that its standard “workload matching” feature was leveraged in the benchmark tests to optimize hundreds of BIOS setting combinations used in both server models. The approach is used to match server resources to individual workload requirements.

HPE also said it plans over the next 18 months to triple the number of its servers and other products incorporating AMD’s latest processor technology.

AMD CEO Lisa Su recently noted the server market is among the chip maker’s top markets as it seeks to gain market share from rival Intel Corp. Among AMD’s recent HPC wins is the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, which said it is using HPE DL385 servers based on the Rome processor for an “enormously diverse set of computational workloads.”

The HPE server benchmarks are available here.

 

 

About the author: George Leopold

George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 30 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He previously served as executive editor of Electronic Engineering Times. Leopold is the author of "Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom" (Purdue University Press, 2016).

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