CEO of Successful Micro Devices Lisa Su announced that the codename “Rome” 2nd Gen Epyc processors are the most powerful x86 processors in the world. The company said the new Epyc 2 data center processors have as many as 64 cores and deliver twice as high performance as Intel's fastest available chips.
AMD pulled customer after customer at the event – Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft, HP Enterprise, Google and Cray – to show that the company's Zen 2 processor technology and its partners' 7-nanometer production has resulted in outstanding data center products, where Intel has been dominant for many years.
Bart Sano, vice president of engineering at Google, said on stage during the AMD event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, “We have to optimize throughout the stack. That's why we chose Epyc. ”
Su said that customers have produced more than 80 world records for data center performance with the Epyc 2 pieces, which are being launched today. At the same time, she said they cut the total cost of ownership for customers by 25% to 50%.
"We have told you everything we have to tell you," Su said. “I hope it's clear that 2nd Gen Epyc is the best in the business. Google has already deployed the second Gen Epyc technology in our data centers. We are already seeing good results on a number of workloads. ”
Google will make Epyc 2 available to its customers on Google Cloud.
Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said in an interview that he was surprised that AMD made so many architectural changes from one generation to the next.
“AMD took a major step forward in the data center with the launch of the 2nd Gen EPYC processor and platform. It's a bigger leap forward than I expected, he said. AMD improved most of Gen 1
He noted that AMD had the ecosystem in its support, from end customers such as Google and Twitter to software vendors such as VMware, Canonical, Red Hat and Suse, as well as manufacturers such as Gigabyte and QCT.
"Google is an interesting end customer who has shown that it is willing to go big if it sees better performance and price," Moorhead said. "Google was AMD's largest Opteron customer of the day. I want to follow that up."
He said early indications show that AMD is likely to do well in comparison to Intel chips on a variety of workloads, but maybe not all .
"AMD looks strong in Hadoop RT analysis (AMD says world record), Java throughput (AMD says 83% better), fluid dynamics (AMD says 2X better), and virtualization (AMD says up to 50% lower TCO), "Intel will probably benefit from low latency ML inference workloads that benefit from Intel's DLBoost instructions. Intel will also look very good at workloads in the database using Optane DC."
But he said that The industry is likely to provide independent third-party benchmarks that will soon be more definitive.
Forrest Norrod, senior vice president of data center and embedded at AMD, said AMD's top 64-core Epyc 2 has twice the performance of Intel's top chip at half price
"Rome kicks ass," he said. "The new standard for the data center is Epyc."
Peter Ungaro, chief executive of Cray, said the company's supercomputers will use the Epyc 2 chips in machines that will ship to the US Air Force and Indiana University.  AMD gained an advantage over Intel, which is still dominant in the PC processor market, a couple of years ago with its Zen design, which gave 52% better performance per clock cycle than the previous generation. Zen 2 is used in Epyc 2, while Zen 3 design is complete and Zen 4 design is underway.
Compared to a top Intel chip, the Zen 2-based 2nd Gen Epyc uses 61% less power than Intel's top dual-socket Xeon product, with 75% lower software licensing costs, 50% fewer servers, and 54% lower ownership costs. .
"We couldn't be more committed to this place," Su said.
The 2nd Gen Epyc chips have 32 billion transistors and as many as 64 cores. An Intel spokeswoman said the company has a long history of server-side leadership.
In a statement Intel said:
Intel has provided continuous data center management for over 20 years. In that time, we have built a broad ecosystem of partners that optimize their business applications around Intel platforms.
Intel's focus is to deliver platform innovations that offer customers real-world application performance to help them solve the most critical business challenges.  Intel looks on the outside to hear what the customer needs and supplies the silicon platforms they need – which includes CPUs, accelerators, FPGAs, NNPs, memory and storage technologies, etc. Our ambitions have never been greater as a company, so we can target a total addressable market of $ 200B in the data center.
Some recent examples of Intel's work with data center customers and partners leveraging Intel's portfolio of processors, memory and AI acceleration technologies include SAP, Baidu and Lenovo.