AMD and Oracle Collaborate to Provide AMD EPYC™ Processor-Based Offering in the Cloud

AMD EPYC based offe­ring pro­vi­des best-in-class price/performance advan­ta­ge for Ora­cle Cloud Infra­st­ruc­tu­re cus­to­mers


Today at Ora­cle Open­World 2018,AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announ­ced the avai­la­bi­li­ty of the first AMD EPYCTM pro­ces­sor-based instance on Ora­cle Cloud Infra­st­ruc­tu­re. With this announ­ce­ment, Ora­cle beco­mes the lar­gest public cloud pro­vi­der to have a Bare Metal ver­si­on on AMD EPYCTMpro­ces­sors1. The AMD EPYC pro­ces­sor-based “E” seri­es will lead with the bare metal, Stan­dard “E2”, avail­ab­le immedia­te­ly as the first instance type wit­hin the Seri­es. At $0.03/Core hour, the AMD EPYC instance is up to 66 per­cent less on average per core than gene­ral pur­po­se instan­ces offe­red by the com­pe­ti­ti­on2 and is the most cost-effec­ti­ve instance avail­ab­le on any public cloud.

With the launch of the AMD instance, Ora­cle has once again demons­tra­ted that we are focu­sed on get­ting the best value and per­for­mance to our cus­to­mers,” said Clay Magouyrk, seni­or vice pre­si­dent, soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment, Ora­cle Cloud Infra­st­ruc­tu­re. “At grea­ter than 269 GB/Sec, the AMD EPYC plat­form3, offers the hig­hest memo­ry band­width of any public cloud instance. Com­bi­ned with incre­a­sed per­for­mance, the­se cost advan­ta­ges help cus­to­mers maxi­mi­ze their IT dol­lars as they make the move to the cloud.”

In addi­ti­on to the bare metal offe­ring, today’s release also fea­tures the one, two, four and eight core VM Shapes. The new offe­ring takes advan­ta­ge of the indus­try lea­ding core count, memo­ry band­width, I/O capa­bi­li­ty4,5,6, as well as advan­ced secu­ri­ty fea­tures that come with the AMD EPYC pro­ces­sor. While ide­al for gene­ral pur­po­se cloud com­pu­ting workloads, the offe­ring also sup­ports Ora­cle applications.

We are deligh­ted that Ora­cle is adding AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors to its cloud offe­rings. The EPYC pro­ces­sor pro­vi­des more cores, more memo­ry band­width, and out­stan­ding sta­bi­li­ty. That trans­la­tes into lea­ders­hip TCO for cloud deploy­ments2. It is a per­fect fit for Ora­cle cus­to­mers run­ning their busi­ness app­li­ca­ti­ons in the cloud,” said For­rest Nor­rod, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Dat­a­cen­ter and Embed­ded Solu­ti­ons Busi­ness Group, AMD. “Our work with Ora­cle high­lights how the EPYC pro­ces­sors’ uni­que design offers cloud users a signi­fi­cant price/performance advantage.”

With 64 cores per ser­ver and up to 33 per­cent more memo­ry chan­nels than com­pa­ra­ble x86 instan­ces4 the Stan­dard E2 instance is ide­al­ly sui­ted for data ana­ly­tics workloads that demand hig­her cores and memo­ry band­width. Wit­hin the Hado­op eco­sys­tem, AMD has part­ners­hips with many of the lea­ding pro­vi­ders inclu­ding Clou­de­ra, Hor­ton­works, MapR and Trans­warp. On a com­ple­te 10TB Teras­ort run the AMD instance demons­tra­ted up to 40 per­cent savings in cost per Teras­ort as com­pa­red to other x86 instan­ces7.

Wit­hin the HPC space, the hig­her memo­ry band­width of the EPYC instance makes it a gre­at fit for cus­to­mer use cases around wea­ther mode­ling, com­pu­ta­tio­nal flu­id dyna­mics, simu­la­ti­on and crash ana­ly­sis in avia­ti­on and auto­mo­ti­ve manu­fac­tu­ring, and oil and gas explo­ra­ti­on. On a 14M cell Flu­ent CFD (com­pu­ta­tio­nal flu­id dyna­mics) simu­la­ti­on on a win­ged air­craft sol­ved on 4 Nodes, the EPYC pro­ces­sor-based instance demons­tra­ted up to a 30 per­cent reduc­tion in total cost, cou­pled with reduc­tion in over­all run times.8

The­se instan­ces are gene­ral­ly avail­ab­le in Ora­cle Cloud Infrastructure’s U.S. East-Ashburn regi­on today, Lon­don by the end of Octo­ber and will be avail­ab­le in other U.S. and Euro­pean regi­ons by the end of the year.

Additional Resources

About AMD

For more than 45 years, AMD has dri­ven inno­va­ti­on in high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting, gra­phics and visua­liz­a­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies ― the buil­ding blocks for gaming, immer­si­ve plat­forms, and the dat­a­cen­ter. Hund­reds of mil­li­ons of con­su­mers, lea­ding For­tu­ne 500 busi­nes­ses and cut­ting-edge sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch faci­li­ties around the world rely on AMD tech­no­lo­gy dai­ly to impro­ve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focu­sed on buil­ding gre­at pro­ducts that push the bounda­ries of what is pos­si­ble. For more infor­ma­ti­on about how AMD is enab­ling today and inspi­ring tomor­row, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMDweb­siteblog, and Face­book and Twit­ter pages.

About Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Ora­cle Cloud Infra­st­ruc­tu­re is an enter­pri­se Infra­st­ruc­tu­re as a Ser­vice (IaaS) plat­form. Com­pa­nies of all sizes rely on Ora­cle Cloud to run enter­pri­se and cloud nati­ve app­li­ca­ti­ons with mis­si­on-cri­ti­cal per­for­mance and core-to-edge secu­ri­ty. By run­ning both tra­di­tio­nal and new workloads on a com­pre­hen­si­ve cloud that inclu­des com­pu­te, sto­rage, net­wor­king, data­ba­se, and con­tai­ners, Ora­cle Cloud Infra­st­ruc­tu­re can dra­ma­ti­cal­ly incre­a­se ope­ra­tio­nal effi­ci­en­cy and lower total cost of owners­hip. For more infor­ma­ti­on, visit


  1. State­ment of Ora­cle as lar­gest pro­vi­der of bare metal cloud ser­vices has not been inde­pendent­ly veri­fied by AMD.
  2. AMD EPYC pro­ces­sor-powe­red Ora­cle instan­ces are pri­ced at $0.03 / Core Hour ver­sus pri­ces ran­ging from $0.06 to $0.1 for com­pe­ting instan­ces based on Intel from the major cloud pro­vi­ders.  The average core hour pri­cing for gene­ral pur­po­se instan­ces across the major cloud pro­vi­ders is $0.09.  The Ora­cle AMD pri­cing repres­ents a 65% lower cost per core hour for com­pa­ra­ble or bet­ter per­for­mance. The­se results have not been inde­pendent­ly veri­fied by AMD.
  3. Ora­cle bench­mark results. A Stream Tri­ad result of 269.11 GB/s was obtai­ned for OCI shape BM.Standard.E2.64 using 16 cores — two cores per shared 8MB L3 cache (or CCX). The AMD wrap­per with their opti­mi­zed bina­ry and no huge pages was used to obtain this result. The­se results have not been inde­pendent­ly veri­fied by AMD.
  4. AMD EPYC™ 7601 pro­ces­sor offers up to 14% more CPU cores than an Intel Xeon Pla­ti­num 8180-based sys­tem. NAP-43
  5. AMD EPYC™ 7601 pro­ces­sor offers up to 33% grea­ter memo­ry band­width than the Intel Xeon Pla­ti­num 8180. NAP-44
  6. AMD EPYC™ offers up to [2.6X the /1.6X bet­ter] I/O den­si­ty in a sin­gle socket con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on than an Intel® Xeon® SP Seri­es Pro­ces­sor. NAP-56
  7. Ora­cle bench­mark results based upon Ora­cle Bare Metal Stan­dard instance (BM.Standard 2.52).  AMD 2x AMD EPYC 7551, 32 cores per Socket @ 2.0 Ghz, 512 GB DDR4 Memo­ry, 2 x 26 G Net­work, Up to 1 PB of remo­te block Sto­rage.  Ver­sus Ora­cle Intel powe­red bare metal instance with 2 x Intel Sky­la­ke pro­ces­sors, 26 cores per Socket @ 2.0 GHz, 786 GB DDR4 Memo­ry, 2 x 25 G Net­work, Up to 1 PB of remo­te block memo­ry. The­se results have not been inde­pendent­ly veri­fied by AMD.
  8. Ora­cle bench­mark results based upon Ora­cle Bare Metal Stan­dard instance (BM.Standard 2.52).  AMD 2x AMD EPYC 7551, 32 cores per Socket @ 2.0 Ghz, 512 GB DDR4 Memo­ry, 2 x 26 G Net­work, Up to 1 PB of remo­te block Sto­rage.  Ver­sus Ora­cle Intel powe­red bare metal instance with 2 x Intel Sky­la­ke pro­ces­sors, 26 cores per Socket @ 2.0 GHz, 786 GB DDR4 Memo­ry, 2 x 25 G Net­work, Up to 1 PB of remo­te block memo­ry. The­se results have not been inde­pendent­ly veri­fied by AMD. The­se results have not been inde­pendent­ly veri­fied by AMD.

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Cau­tio­na­ry Statement

This press release con­tains for­ward-loo­king state­ments con­cer­ning Advan­ced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) inclu­ding the col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Ora­cle Cloud Ser­vices throughout 2018, the fea­tures, func­tio­n­a­li­ty, avai­la­bi­li­ty, and timing on pro­ducts, and expec­ted bene­fits of the col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween AMD and Ora­cle Cloud Ser­vices, which are made pur­suant to the Safe Har­bor pro­vi­si­ons of the Pri­va­te Secu­ri­ties Liti­ga­ti­on Reform Act of 1995. For­ward-loo­king state­ments are com­mon­ly iden­ti­fied by words such as “would,” “intends,” “belie­ves,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “intends,” “plans,” “pro for­ma,” “esti­ma­tes,” “anti­ci­pa­tes,” or the nega­ti­ve of the­se words and phra­ses, other varia­ti­ons of the­se words and phra­ses or com­pa­ra­ble ter­mi­no­lo­gy. Inves­tors are cau­tio­ned that the for­ward-loo­king state­ments in this docu­ment are based on cur­rent beliefs, assump­ti­ons and expec­ta­ti­ons, speak only as of the date of this docu­ment and invol­ve risks and uncer­tain­ties that could cau­se actu­al results to dif­fer mate­ri­al­ly from cur­rent expec­ta­ti­ons. Such state­ments are sub­ject to cer­tain known and unknown risks and uncer­tain­ties, many of which are dif­fi­cult to pre­dict and gene­ral­ly bey­ond AMD’s con­trol, that could cau­se actu­al results and other future events to dif­fer mate­ri­al­ly from tho­se expres­sed in, or implied or pro­jec­ted by, the for­ward-loo­king infor­ma­ti­on and state­ments. Mate­ri­al fac­tors that could cau­se actu­al results to dif­fer mate­ri­al­ly from cur­rent expec­ta­ti­ons inclu­de, without limi­ta­ti­on, the fol­lowing: Intel Corporation’s domi­nan­ce of the micro­pro­ces­sor mar­ket and its aggres­si­ve busi­ness prac­ti­ces may limit AMD’s abi­li­ty to com­pe­te effec­tively; AMD has a wafer sup­ply agree­ment with GF with obli­ga­ti­ons to purcha­se all of its micro­pro­ces­sor and APU pro­duct requi­re­ments, and a cer­tain por­ti­on of its GPU pro­duct requi­re­ments, from GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. (GF) with limi­ted excep­ti­ons. If GF is not able to satisfy AMD’s manu­fac­tu­ring requi­re­ments, its busi­ness could be adver­se­ly impac­ted; AMD reli­es on third par­ties to manu­fac­tu­re its pro­ducts, and if they are unab­le to do so on a time­ly basis in suf­fi­ci­ent quan­ti­ties and using com­pe­ti­ti­ve tech­no­lo­gies, AMD’s busi­ness could be mate­ri­al­ly adver­se­ly affec­ted; fail­u­re to achie­ve expec­ted manu­fac­tu­ring yiel­ds for AMD’s pro­ducts could nega­tively impact its finan­cial results; the suc­cess of AMD’s busi­ness is depen­dent upon its abi­li­ty to intro­du­ce pro­ducts on a time­ly basis with fea­tures and per­for­mance levels that pro­vi­de value to its cus­to­mers while sup­por­ting and coin­ci­ding with signi­fi­cant indus­try tran­si­ti­ons; if AMD can­not gene­ra­te suf­fi­ci­ent reve­nue and ope­ra­ting cash flow or obtain exter­nal finan­cing, it may face a cash short­fall and be unab­le to make all of its plan­ned invest­ments in rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment or other stra­te­gic invest­ments; the loss of a signi­fi­cant cus­to­mer may have a mate­ri­al adver­se effect on AMD; AMD’s rece­i­pt of reve­nue from its semi-cus­tom SoC pro­ducts is depen­dent upon its tech­no­lo­gy being desi­gned into third-par­ty pro­ducts and the suc­cess of tho­se pro­ducts; glo­bal eco­no­mic uncer­tain­ty may adver­se­ly impact AMD’s busi­ness and ope­ra­ting results; the mar­kets in which AMD’s pro­ducts are sold are high­ly com­pe­ti­ti­ve; AMD may not be able to gene­ra­te suf­fi­ci­ent cash to ser­vice its debt obli­ga­ti­ons or meet its working capi­tal requi­re­ments; AMD has a lar­ge amount of indeb­ted­ness which could adver­se­ly affect its finan­cial posi­ti­on and pre­vent it from imple­men­ting its stra­te­gy or ful­fil­ling its con­trac­tu­al obli­ga­ti­ons; the agree­ments gover­ning AMD’s notes and the Secu­red Revol­ving Line of Credit impo­se restric­tions on AMD that may adver­se­ly affect its abi­li­ty to ope­ra­te its busi­ness; AMD’s issu­an­ce to West Coast Hitech L.P. (WCH) of war­rants to purcha­se 75 mil­li­on shares of its com­mon stock, if and when exer­cis­ed, will dilu­te the owners­hip inte­rests of its exis­ting stock­hol­ders, and the con­ver­si­on of the 2.125% Con­ver­ti­ble Seni­or Notes due 2026 may dilu­te the owners­hip inte­rest of its exis­ting stock­hol­ders, or may other­wi­se depress the pri­ce of its com­mon stock; uncer­tain­ties invol­ving the orde­ring and ship­ment of AMD’s pro­ducts could mate­ri­al­ly adver­se­ly affect it; the demand for AMD’s pro­ducts depends in part on the mar­ket con­di­ti­ons in the indus­tries into which they are sold. Fluc­tua­tions in demand for AMD’s pro­ducts or a mar­ket decli­ne in any of the­se indus­tries could have a mate­ri­al adver­se effect on its results of ope­ra­ti­ons; AMD’s abi­li­ty to design and intro­du­ce new pro­ducts in a time­ly man­ner is depen­dent upon third-par­ty intel­lec­tu­al pro­per­ty; AMD depends on third-par­ty com­pa­nies for the design, manu­fac­tu­re and sup­ply of mother­boards, soft­ware and other com­pu­ter plat­form com­pon­ents to sup­port its busi­ness; if AMD loses Micro­soft Corporation’s sup­port for its pro­ducts or other soft­ware ven­dors do not design and deve­lop soft­ware to run on AMD’s pro­ducts, its abi­li­ty to sell its pro­ducts could be mate­ri­al­ly adver­se­ly affec­ted; and AMD’s reli­an­ce on third-par­ty dis­tri­bu­tors and AIB part­ners sub­jects it to cer­tain risks.  Inves­tors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncer­tain­ties in AMD’s Secu­ri­ties and Exchan­ge Com­mis­si­on filings, inclu­ding but not limi­ted to AMD’s Quar­ter­ly Report on Form 10‑Q for the quar­ter ended Sep­tem­ber 30, 2017.