AMD Unveils EPYC and Instinct-Powered ‘Supercomputing for All’



/ 11 months ago

AMD Unveils EPYC and Instinct-Powered ‘Supercomputing for All’

AMD is launching a new range of high-performance systems powered by its EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs. In fact, the company is hailing the move as delivering ‘supercomputing for all’, and we can see why: for example, system integrator AMAX is offering the [SMART]Rack P47, which boasts one PFLOPS of single precision compute performance and over 10TB or DDR4 per rack. EPYC is an immense Zen-based x86 server CPU series; for illustration, an EPYC 7601 outperforms Intel’s Xeon Platinum 8180M by three-times per-pound/dollar.

Indeed, AMD made the announcement at this week’s SuperComputing 17 conference in Colorado, revealing a host of OEM and partner systems, including Asus and Gigabyte. However, Dell’s name is notably absent.

Furthermore, AMD unveiled an update to its ROCm open-compute platform for graphics. Version 1.7 includes mGPU support for Vega GPUs, plus support for TensorFlow and Caffe

EPYC and Instinct-Powered AMAX [SMART]Rack P47

The AMAX [SMART]Rack P47 uses 20x Inventec P47 to provide a PetaFLOPS of single precision compute performance. Specifically, one P47 features one 7000-Series EPYC processor, plus four Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics cards; in particular, each MI25 delivers 12.3 TFLOPS of single precision performance. In addition, the [SMART]Rack P47 features HPC-optimised [SMART]DC DCiM software for remote management and monitoring.

Julia Shih, VP of Business Development, AMAX, says:

“As a high-performance technology provider enabling enterprises to close the gap between scale up performance, compute density and cost, AMAX sees the P47 as a game changer. Starting from a single P47 platform, we can scale upwards to supercomputing-class performance by leveraging AMD EPYC, AMD Radeon Instinct, and the ROCm software platform to support Deep Learning, rendering, and a host of other workloads. The [SMART]Rack P47 is the first turnkey PetaFLOPS-in-a-Rack solution geared towards technical performance and business acceleration, married with ease of use. We are excited to announce that we are now taking pre-orders for both the P47 server and the fully-integrated [SMART]Rack P47, with delivery estimated in Q1 of 2018.”

AMD EPYC and Instinct-Powered Supercomputer Providers

The following partners are now offering EPYC and Instinct-based systems or EPYC products:

OEM / ODM

  • Asus
  • Gigabyte
  • HPE
  • Supermicro
  • Tyan

Distributors

  • ASI Computer Technologies
  • Ingram
  • Synnex
  • Tech Data

System Integrators

  • AMAX
  • Boston
  • Boxx
  • Clustervision
  • E4
  • EchoStreams
  • Equus / ServersDirect
  • ICC
  • Koi
  • Megware
  • NEC
  • Penguin
  • Silicon Mechanics
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