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CES 2019 | 2019 launch for second-generation EPYC CPUs confirmed at AMD keynote

AMD clearly believes it will be at the forefront of the server and cloud server game this year. (Source: YouTube)
AMD clearly believes it will be at the forefront of the server and cloud server game this year. (Source: YouTube)
The CEO of AMD, Dr. Lisa Su, devoted much of the company’s CES 2019 keynote to unveiling and detailing the Radeon VII GPU. However, the presentation also turned to CPUs thereafter, whereupon the second-generation EPYC chipset for servers was discussed. AMD is clearly upbeat about the capabilities of these new processors.

CES 2019 may have delivered disappointments of various flavors for many this year. One of the most recent, yet perhaps mildest, of these may have been found in the AMD keynote at the exhibition this year. It is true that it delivered some excitement, as it finally introduced the new Radeon VII graphics card. This new GPU is of course directed at content creators and gamers. However, the company’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, divulged rather less about the anticipated next-generation EPYC processors.

Saying that, we now know for certain that the successors to existing AMD server solutions will be 7-nanometer (nm) chipsets based on the Zen2 architecture. Su and her colleagues are extremely optimistic about their real-world performance, saying that AMD will “deliver the best computing solution the world has ever seen”. Su claimed that the new generation will deliver 4 times more floating performance per socket, as well as twice the performance per socket, compared to current EPYC silicon.

The CEO also displayed a video that apparently showed a new EPYC pitched against 2 Intel Xeon 8180s in the standard NAMD molecular dynamics simulation. The single EYPC processor allegedly completed this task ahead of the two Xeons, while also posting a greater rate of computing (measured in nanoseconds per day). Dr. Su also announced that this server-grade silicon will be available in the second half of this year.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01- 9 (Update: 2019-01-10)