March 15, 2021 By Suresh Gopalakrishnan 3 min read

Time is the new metric for efficiency. Quickly accessing data how you want, from anywhere, at any time is what 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ Processors can help deliver to our IBM Cloud Bare Metal Server clients.

AMD has a long history of delivering x86 innovation — notably, the first multi-core x86 server CPUs. IBM Cloud has a long history of delivering dedicated, bare-metal server choice and flexibility — empowering clients with a full spectrum of pre-configured and customizable options for any stage of growth.

Our combined focus to bring cloud users more powerful choices to enhance performance for their most critical workloads is ever more present in today’s ‘do more, with more, faster’ world. That is why today, we’re pleased to announce the expansion of AMD EPYC™ CPU technology on IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers with the new, 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ 7763 Processor — available in select IBM Cloud Data Centers this fall 2021.

Learn more about this exciting announcement.

Architecture with 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ Processors

3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ Processors are the next step in CPU design. Whether you need a little or a lot of memory, you have options designed with your needs in mind, all driven by system-on-a-chip innovation, which allows compute and I/O components to develop independently. The no-sacrifice dual socket design, simply put, is designed to deliver exceptional performance.

3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ 7763 on IBM Cloud platform will feature: 

  • 64 cores per CPU (128 cores per server)
  • 128 threads per CPU (256 threads per server)
  • 64 GB to 4096 GB RAM per CPU
  • Base clock frequency of 2.45GHz with a maximum boost of up to 3.5GHz*
  • 8 memory channels per socket (up to 16 DIMMs per server)
  • Up to 10 local storage drives supported
  • Monthly, pay-as-you-use billing
  • Orderable via the global IBM Cloud Catalog, API or CLI

High core density for high-performance workloads

Visual effects, CGI (computer generated images) and cinematic rendering at the heart of many movies add the details that make them more realistic and immersive. AMD EPYC™ 7763 CPUs on IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers are designed to excel in this space – built for clients to run at 4:1 memory/front side bus speeds, which are ideal specifications for video rendering.

For those rolling their own virtualized environments with partners like Citrix and VMware, the AMD EPYC™ 7763 on IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers can help maximize the value of those environments. With 128 cores per dual processor, one has the option to deploy more virtual resources in order to help reduce their physical server footprint.

The I/O bandwidth capability of AMD EPYC™ 7763 is industry ideal for large-scale databases and commercial deployments — especially when the PCIe Gen4 comes into play. The support for NVMe drives via PCIe Gen4 lanes notably scales I/O and helps reduce data access bottlenecks.

With the economies of scale, access, management, location and operational requirements varying constantly, organizations must have dependable performance and value — day in and day out. The AMD EPYC™ 7763 on IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers is designed to deliver that value and help our clients get the fast answers they need for optimized business outcomes.

Getting started

3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ 7763-based IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers will be available this spring inside the IBM Cloud Catalog.

For more information on AMD EPYC™ on IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers, see this page. To read our getting-starting tutorials or to explore security and software options for IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers, visit our IBM Cloud Docs resource pages.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, EPYC and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

*Max boost for AMD EPYC processors is the maximum frequency achievable by any single core on the processor under normal operating conditions for server systems. EPYC-18

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