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AMD previews the EPYC processors to come with the new 3D V-Cache upgrade and more

AMD presents the future of the EPYC line. (Source: AMD)
AMD presents the future of the EPYC line. (Source: AMD)
AMD's recent Accelerated Data Center Premiere Keynote has served to confirm the existence of next-gen products such as the server-grade processors known as EPYC Milan-X. These CPUs are much like those of the previously-unveiled third-gen series, except with 3D V-Cache technology. Their successors were also outlined in more detail.

AMD's EPYC processors with 3D V-Cache are now official, thanks to a new live-streamed presentation on the OEM's silicon for high-performance- and artificial intelligence- (AI) related applications. These processors, dubbed Milan-X, are now confirmed as having a new kind of stacked L3 cache that might boost this spec to as much as 768MB per chip.

Nevertheless, they remain ultra-powerful CPUs of the third generation, whereas AMD now defines the next line to come after them as Zen 4 (or "Genoa"). These processors will have up to 96 of the new cores that give them that name, based on a 5 nanometer (nm) architecture, and are designed for compatibility with PCIe 5.0, CXL and DDR5.

It is also promoted as an ideal partner for the new Instinct MI200 series of exascale-ready accelerators, and will also start to become available in server-grade hardware from OEMs such as Cisco, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Supermicro.

AMD has now also affirmed that Genoa will be superseded by Bergamo, based on even more advanced Zen 4c cores, up to 128GB of which might be present per chipset. Their design is touted as optimized for power-efficiency and density.

Accordingly, AMD intends to pitch Bergamo at support for cloud solutions when it comes time to ship the new silicon, projected to begin in the first half of 2023. Genoa, on the other hand, is touted as an ideal datacenter platform from its 2022 launch. 

In different kinds of news, AMD has let it be known that Meta's ongoing operations will run on EPYC CPUs, as well the new Microsoft Azure HBv3 virtual machines. Their users will be upgraded for access to Milan-X with 3D V-Cache over the coming weeks, or right now via their first live preview.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-11-10 (Update: 2021-11-10)