During the Dell Technology Summit, Dell officially launched the most complete powerEdge server product line designed and optimized for the second generation AMD EPYC processor, including two single-way Dell EasyLetter PowerEdge server R6515, The R7515 and three two-way Dell EasyLetter PowerEdge servers R6525, R7525, C6525 (2U 4 nodes).
Dell EasySin PowerEdge Server R6515
Dell EasySin PowerEdge Server R7515
At the scene, Lei Feng also saw two of the single-way servers, the 1U R6515 and the 2U R7515.
According to IDC’s Q2 2019 China X86 Server Market Tracking Report, china’s X86 server market shipments were about 715,000 units in the second quarter of 2019, down 14.6% year-on-year. The market size was US$3.801 billion (approximately RMB26.128 billion), down 9.4% YoY.
The main reason for the decline was a marked contraction in procurement in industries such as Internet companies and public cloud service providers, a sign of a decline in the market. But for AMD, which is yet to burst, the reversal of the market means opportunity.
If you want to summarize the current data center market demand and challenges with a few key points, these challenges are mainly concentrated in four points: First, the increase in computing power requirements multiplied, last year’s peak computing power this year can only be regarded as the norm;
Second, while computing power demand explodes, customers also want to reduce costs, whether it’s procurement costs or usage costs;
Third, the construction of large-scale data center needs a long cycle, in the limited space how to put down more computing power to become a new trouble;
Fourth, security and privacy are becoming increasingly important throughout the data center and at the business level.
The second generation EPYC Dragon processor supports up to 64 core 128 threads, 8 DDR4-3200 channels, and is the first to support the PCle4.0 channel, with a design power consumption of 225 watts and a maximum overclocking of 3.4GHz. Based on the second generation AMD EPYC processor, Dell introduced and optimized new PowerEdge servers to deliver the compute performance, manageability, and integration security required for a multi-cloud environment and a variety of emerging workloads.
Other OEMs have also introduced AMD-based servers, and how does Dell’s PowerEdge servers differentiate?
“We are one of the most thorough companies embracing the AMD platform,” said Cao Zhiping, Senior Vice President of Dell Technology Group globally and general manager of enterprise solutions in Greater China. ”
This can be reflected from two dimensions, from the product point of view, Dell launched products covering 1U1 road, 2U1 road or 2 road 1U, 2 road 2U, etc. a total of five, is currently the largest number of all OEMs.
If the number of people only indicates Dell’s market optimism about AMD, a complete redesign of the motherboard and server architecture demonstrates a long-term positive and realistic commitment to AMD.
Many OEMs at home and abroad, the introduction of new products are based on the first generation of Naples motherboard, is a transition plan, Dell is currently the industry’s first new design board, a new design server architecture, completely for the New Design of the Rome CPU AMD server.
The key to the new design is to get the best out of the Roman platform, Dell has increased memory density, put 24 memory bars in 2U space, and now can put 32 in it. The new motherboard can accommodate more GPUs, improving from the L-type design to the T-design, with a cooling balance on both sides of the airduct.
In addition, the new motherboard improves the integrity of the signal, the signal integrity contradiction under the PCIe 3.0 interface conditions is not prominent, but if further upgraded to PCIe 4.0, the motherboard needs to be redesigned.
Dell also proposed multi-vector cooling on the new motherboard, which can transport cooling air to various key components, temperature control and cooling, according to the bottom and upper layers.
That is, the AMD server that is currently available on the market to take advantage of the performance of the Roman platform is Dell. “We embrace new technologies and new products, and we hope that by working with industry partners, we will give mid-range users more choice and more freedom to design architecture,” Cao said. ”
From the AMD side, AMD China Business Division Sales Director Zhou Junjie introduced, the Chinese market top 10 customers, the interest in the Roman platform testing than expected, and he also responded to the industry on the AMD platform application tuning, technical support and other issues, “our customers buy this server, is used for war, It is his means of production, the server is like a machine gun, when the machine gun bullet speed is twice as fast as the opponent, those horn problems must have a way to overcome. ”
For example, the 16-core AMD processor costs $650, 2.5 times the performance improvement, the 32-core processor sells for $2025, doubles the performance, and the 64-core flagship product doubles the performance boost, but the price is only half low.
Without unit costing for other conditions, using AMD servers can yield a return of 4 times, which is a simple arithmetic question that neither customers nor OEMs will ignore.