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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD): AMD EPYC-Powered HPE DL385 Gen10 Server Is Breaking World Records

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server, which is powered by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) EPYC™ processors, has set new world records in SPECrate®2017_fp_base and SPECfp®_rate2006.

SPECrate®2017_fp_base and SPECfp®_rate2006 are SPEC’s (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation) CPU focused suites that measure and compare computing performance by stressing a system’s memory subsystem, compiler and processor.

On SPECrate2017_fp_base benchmark, AMD EPYC model 7601-based HPE DL385 Gen10 system scored 257, while on SPECfp_rate2006, it got 1980. Both scores are better than any other two-socket system on the market.

How it’s better than others?

Apart from setting new world records in benchmarks, HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server is also better than others when it comes to performance. The AMD’s EPYC allows the HPE DL385 Gen10 to process more data, access more local storage and manage more virtual machines per server than any other chip. HPE’s new server, which offers upto 50% lower cost per virtual machine, provides “unmatched security for virtualized workloads” by using secure encrypted memory and virtualization, says AMD.

Announcing the new server on Monday, HPE’s vice president and GM, Volume Global Business Unit – Justin Hotard, said, “HPE is joining with AMD today to extend the world’s most secure industry standard server portfolio to include the AMD EPYC processor. We now give customers another option to optimize performance and security for today’s virtualized workloads.” Further, the executive added that the new offering is the outcome of their continuing tech collaboration with AMD and “shared belief in continuing innovation.”

The flexible 2P 2U new HPE server would come in designs ranging from 8 to 32-core. A 2-socket AMD EPYC-based server offers up to 64 cores, and is 14% better than other systems on the market. Such a tech allows it to support 128 simultaneous threads. In addition, it offers 33% capacity improvement in memory performance for a 2P server along with a performance boost from 16 memory channels. And, if you are not yet satisfied with the performance, the HPE DL385 Gen10 supports up to 128 PCIe lanes. This means, it adds an ability to support 24 NVMe SSDs with four PCIe lanes to each SSD, notes CDRinfo.

Scott Aylor, AMD’s Corporate VP and GM Enterprise Business Unit said, “AMD is proud to deliver to HPE a superb balance of high-performance cores, memory, and I/O for optimal performance with AMD EPYC.”

Offering unmatched security

AMD EPYC processors come with hardware-based security. With help from HPE Silicon Root of Trust, which allows only approved firmware to run, the ProLiant DL385 offers unrivaled security. For validation of the firmware before the server boots, the HPE Silicon Root of Trust works in coordination with AMD Secure Processor in the AMD EPYC SoC.

Other unique features of the AMD powered HPE DL385 is the ability to encrypt all or a part of the memory to protect the data from hackers. Further, the server comes with ‘Secure Encrypted Virtualization,’ meaning VMs are isolated from one another as are the hypervisor. This is possible because each VMs and hypervisor are given separate encryption keys.

The AMD EPYC powered HPE server will be available next month. Prior to the ProLiant DL385, the HPE Cloudline CL3150 server also featured the AMD EPYC processors.