AMD launched the fourth generation of its EPYC datacenter processors. The so-called Genoa chips should bring more performance to workloads in cloud environments, datacenter servers and high-performance computing (HPC) systems.
The AMD EPYC Genoa processors are based on the Zen 4-core chiplets. According to AMD, the chips offer the best performance of any AMD processor available. The models feature a density of up to 96 cores per processor.
Other features include support for DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 connectivity, two important conditions for running AI and ML applications. Furthermore, the processors support CXL 1.1+ for memory expansion. This allows users to increase in-memory workload capacity.
The processors’ cybersecurity was optimized. The security features extend those of AMD Infinity Guard, providing both physical and virtual layers of protection. With double the number of encryption keys compared to previous generations, customers can keep both local, cloud-based and storage-based data secure.
In addition, the datacenter processors are more energy efficient and help customers accelerate their digital transition through higher throughput for applications and more insights for customizations.
Companies can significantly ramp up datacenter performance, consolidate their infrastructure and at the same time significantly reduce energy consumption.
Variants and ecosystem
AMD EPYC Genoa processors come in many variations. US prices range between $2,730 and $11,805.
Meanwhile, the ecosystem is incorporating AMD EPYC Genoa processors into their own solutions. For instance, Dell Technologies launched a series of Genoa-based PowerEdge servers. HPE features the new processors in ProLiant Gen11 servers, Lenovo is launching similar ThinkSystem servers and Supermicro will use AMD EPYC Genoa as well.
In addition, Microsoft, Oracle and Google Cloud are integrating the new processors into their solutions. Finally, VMware has adapted vSphere 8 for the models.