AMD EPYC 2nd generation processors set a new standard for the modern data center with record performance and significant savings in total cost of ownership

At a launch event, AMD accompanied by an ecosystem of data center partners and customers, introduced the AMD EPYC 2nd generation processor family that deliver performance leadership across a wide range of enterprise workloads, at cloud and high-performance computing (HPC). AMD EPYC 2nd generation processors feature up to 64 “Zen 2” cores in state-of-the-art 7nm process technology to deliver record performance and help reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 50% on numerous 4 workloads. At the event, Google and Twitter announced new deployments of 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors, while HPE and Lenovo announced the immediate availability of new platforms.

“Today, we set a new standard for the modern data center with the release of our 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors that deliver record performance and significantly lower total cost of ownership across a broad set of workloads,” said Dr. Lisa Su, President and CEO of AMD. “Adoption of our new leading server processors is accelerating with multiple new enterprise, cloud and HPC customers who choose EPYC processors to meet their most demanding server computing needs.”

2nd Generation EPYC processors expand AMD’s ecosystem of amd data center customers and partners

At the launch event, several customers and partners joined AMD on stage to discuss new AMD EPYC processor offerings:

  • Google announced that it has deployed 2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors in its internal infrastructure production data center environment and, by the end of 2019, will also support new general purpose machines with 2nd generation AMDYC EP processor technology Google Cloud Compute Engine.
  • Twitter announced that it will deploy 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors to its data center infrastructure later this year, reducing TCO by 25%.
  • Microsoft announced a limited preview of new Azure VMs for general purpose applications, as well as a limited preview of cloud-based remote desktops and HPC workloads based on AMD EPYC 2nd g processors eadiscrimination.
  • HPE announced continued support for the AMD EPYC processor family with plans to triple its AMD-based portfolio with a wide range of systems based on the 2nd generation AMD EPYC processor, including HPE ProLiant DL385 and HPE ProLiant DL325 servers.
  • Cray announced that the Air Force Meteorological Agency will use a Cray Shasta system with 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors to provide complete information about the ground and space weather to the Air Force and U.S. Army.
  • Lenovo announced new solutions specifically designed to leverage the full range of enhanced capabilities found on AMD EPYC 2nd Generation processors. ThinkSystem SR655 and SR635 are ideal solutions for use cases such as video infrastructure, virtualization, software-defined storage, and more, with exceptional energy efficiency, available right away.
  • Dell announced the next availability of newly designed and optimized servers for AMD EPYC 2nd Generation processors.
  • VMware and AMD announced close collaboration to support the new security and other features of 2nd Generation AMD EPYC high-performance processors within VMware vSphere.

 “AMD EPYC 2nd generation processors will help us continue to do what we do best in our data centers: innovate,” said Bart Sano, Google’s vice president of engineering. “Its scalable compute, memory, and I/O performance will expand our ability to drive innovation into our infrastructure and give Google Cloud customers the flexibility to choose the best virtual machine for their workloads.”

Designed for modern workloads: Business, Cloud, and HPC

2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors are designed specifically for modern data center workloads, providing customers with an ideal combination of features to help unlock performance and redefine the economy in virtualization, cloud, HPC, and enterprise applications.

For the enterprise data center, AMD EPYC 2nd generation processors deliver 83% better 5 Java application performance, 43% better performance6 SAP SD 2 Tier, and deliver world-record performance in Real Time Analytics with Hadoop7.

For modern cloud and virtualization workloads, AMD EPYC 2nd generation processors deliver world-record virtualization performance8 that redefines the economics of data centers.

For HPC, AMD EPYC 2nd generation processors offer an unmatched combination of logging-tuning floating-point9 performance and the increased memory10 DRAM and I/O bandwidth in its class to power HPC workloads; including up to 2x better performance in computational fluid dynamics11 and structural analysis12 of performance up to 72% higher.

AMD’s design innovation provides a disruptive architecture for the data center

The AMD EPYC 2nd generation processor combines leadership, architecture, and security performance to meet the most demanding challenges facing the data center. Highlights of the AMD EPYC 7002 generation processor family include:


  • Leadership performance: With up to 64 “Zen 2” cores per SOC, 2nd generation EPYC processors deliver up to 23% more clocking instructions (IPc) per core on server workloads13 and up to 4x more L3 cache compared to the L3 gene previous ration.
  • Leadership architecture: The next-generation AMD Infinity architecture pushes the boundaries of x86 performance and computing capabilities, giving customers access to the most I/O14 and memory bandwidth15 in its class, including PCIe Generation 4, to release the latest in server performance.
  • Leading Security Features: Offers “core-reinforced” features based on an integrated silicon security subsystem and advanced security features such as Secure Memory Encryption and Secure Encrypted Virtualization that help customers to protect their most important assets and data.

A growing partner ecosystem

The AMD EPYC ecosystem continues to grow with more than 60 partners supporting launch from day one. The broad partner ecosystem includes ODMs such as Gigabyte and QCT, IHV such as Broadcom, Micron and Xilinx, and extensive operating system support including Microsoft and multiple Linux distributions. For Linux Canonical, RedHat and SUSE collaborated with AMD to test and validate solutions based on AMD EPYC 2nd generation processors for a wide range of data center use cases. This validation helped the 2nd generation AMD EPYC processor achieve 2 x more platforms in development compared to first-generation EPYC processors.

You can read more about the expansion of the AMD EPYC ecosystem and the 2nd generation AMD EPYC processor on the AMD blog.

AMD EPYC 2nd Generation processor-based systems are now available with AMD EPYC ecosystem partners. You can learn more about where to buy those systems here.

Support partners and customer reviews

“Twitter is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our data centers by finding innovative ways to increase efficiency. The 2nd generation AMD EPYC processor provides us with the optimal point of performance and power consumption we need to meet that commitment, while supporting the high volume of traffic on our platform,” Jennifer Fraser, senior director of engineering on Twitter. By using the AMD EPYC 7702 processor we can scale our compute clusters with more cores in less space and with less power, resulting in a 25% lower TCO for Twitter.”

Current customers are asking for secure servers and optimized for the workload that can generate new experiences and value for its customers,” said Justin Hotard, senior vice president and general manager of the Business Unit GLOBAL VOLUME OF HPE. With the addition of new 2nd generation AMD EPYC-equipped servers to our portfolio, HPE delivers an unprecedented amount of performance results and world record-breaking efficiency results aligned with a wide range of cloud and center workloads data, and unmatched security capabilities. We will continue to deliver innovative products with AMD and look forward to developing our long-standing partnership.”

 “As we enter a new era of computing, the era of exascala, we see new workloads, new infrastructure, a new way of thinking, and this requires capabilities and performance like those we get from our Shasta supercomputer of next generation combined with AMD EPYC processors,” said Peter Ungaro, President and CEO of Cray. “Since Cray announced amd processor support on our systems over a year ago, we have set aside nearly $800 million in AMD EPYC-based systems. With AMD EPYC 2nd generation processors connected through our new Slingshot system interconnect, we can deliver the performance our customers need for the exasla era.”

“Today, through our expanded relationship with AMD, we are pushing the boundaries of performance and efficiency to accelerate the intelligent transformation of our customers. Our new ThinkSystem solutions, powered by next-generation AMD EPYC 7002 series processors, enable users to store and access large amounts of data,” said Doug Fisher, operations manager and vice-president business units senior, DCG Solutions, Lenovo. “The biggest capacities of storage, prosecution and graphs unblock the potential of an improved safety of video and other critical applications for rim environments and virtualizados.  A perfect example is video security in smart city, campus, and mass transit environments where public safety organizations need that extra computing power in confined spaces, using less power to be able to monitor and better analyze potential threats.”

“As workloads become more demanding and complex, Dell Technologies focuses on helping organizations succeed in dynamic environments using innovative and industry-leading server designs,” said Ravi Pendekanti, Senior Vice President of Product, Infrastructure Systems, and Server Management at Dell Technologies. Through close collaboration with AMD, we are addressing the demands of traditional, virtualized, hybrid, and multi-cloud workloads with a broad portfolio of PowerEdge servers, including redesigned, optimized servers AMD EPYC 2nd Generation processors.”


“The collaboration of engineering in course of VMware and AMD is centered on providing a performance and security applications optimal for our mutual customers,” said Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager of the business unit Cloud Platform of VMware. We both see the value of bringing security deeper into infrastructure, especially as modern IT infrastructure becomes more distributed. The secure encrypted virtualization feature on the 2nd generation AMD EPYC processor will help protect critical customer data across the fabric of the multi-site data center. Combined with AMD’s legendary processor performance, we hope our mutual customers can gain efficiencies and security capabilities to drive their workloads.”