EPYC SAP-SD 2-tier benchmark results - EPYC2 is in class of its own

By: Alberto (git.delete@this.git.it), August 9, 2019 3:09 am
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anon (spam.delete.delete@this.this.spam.com) on August 9, 2019 2:00 am wrote:
> Maynard Handley (name99.delete@this.name99.org) on August 8, 2019 8:58 pm wrote:
> > Alberto (git.delete@this.git.it) on August 8, 2019 3:42 pm wrote:
> > > Michael S (already5chosen.delete@this.yahoo.com) on August 8, 2019 8:29 am wrote:
> > > > SPECpower_ssj2008 Results:
> > > >
> > > > Lenovo Think System SR655, AMD EPYC 7742 2.25Ghz - 19,149 Overall ssj_ops/watt
> > > >
> > > > And several more results in the same range.
> > > > https://www.spec.org/power_ssj2008/results/res2019q3
> > > >
> > > > The best non-EPYC2 result:
> > > > ASUSTeK RS720-E9-RS8, Intel Xeon Pt 8280L, 2.7 GHz - 14,274 Overall ssj_ops/watt
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > The best EPYC1 result:
> > > > Dell PowerEdge R7425, AMD EPYC 7601, 2.20 GHz - 11,867 Overall ssj_ops/watt
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Impressive results.
> > > Look like they chosen the best 7nm silicon available at TSMC to assemble these SKUs. Basically they
> > > have two times the cores (same clock) with only 40W more power consumption over Naples, not to mention
> > > the Zen 2 core is stronger so it draw more power than plain Zen on the same process and the
> > > level of power hungry off die interconnection is INSANE.
> > >
> > > A great showcase, now AMD has to prove to be able to supply the channels with Epyc. One thing
> > > is to supply limited quantities, another one millions and millions of SKUs.
> > >
> > > Bet an hypothetical very popular cpu ala 7742 could be rated between 280-300W
> > > to have enough silicon for customers scoring an acceptable profit.
> > >
> > > Great show :). Now i want to see the manufacturing/financial side of the story.
> > >
> >
> > Where do you imagine the limitations will be?
> > (a) We know that TSMC 7nm low power process can supply Apple volumes (~200M/year). Of course 7nm high
> > performance is not EXACTLY the same process, but what reason is there to imagine that a machine tuned
> > to deliver 100s of millions per year, and with a year of experience, can't make millions?
> >
> > (b) Why do you imagine yield to be an issue? Obviously Apple yields are acceptable.
> > And sure, AMD could, in some crazy fantasy, be cherry picking the 5% best performing
> > chiplets and tossing the rest. But how does that make ANY business sense?
> > We've seen the spread of AMD's offerings (eg here:
> > https://www.anandtech.com/show/14694/amd-rome-epyc-2nd-gen/4
> > )
> > and one feature that is remarkable is how TIGHTLY clustered the peak frequencies are,
> > and the regular pattern of the base frequencies relative to core count. It looks like
> > the process is delivering what are actually extremely NON-VARIABLE chiplets...
> >
> We don't know how strictly they are binning. EPYC could very well be only the most efficient chiplets.
> In fact the TDP per core varies greatly even though the clockrates are nearly the same.
> The chiplet design probably helps as well. Variations across
> 80 mm² are bound to be much less than across 600 mm².
> Even so the process is far from the trainwreck that all public information paints of Intel's first gen 10nm.
> And let's not forget that AMD is shipping 331 and 251 mm² GPUs on that process just fine.
> > If your theory made any sense, at the very least AMD would
> > be selling the golden, 5% chiplets at a substantial
> > premium, while offering a second tier of average chiplets at rather lower frequency and cost.
> >
> AMD's reputation is still a bit different than Intel's. Selling SKUs at higher prices than Intel might not
> work out for them as well as it does for Intel. They also don't need to squeeze the last dollars out of
> the same customers. One of the few advantages of low market share is that they can go for higher volume.
> TDP is an average across all chiplets so considering the margins involved it's probably better not to separate
> the highest bin, but to mix it in and let the effect trickle down. If 0.1 GHz more across the board lets
> them gain more market share it's probably better than having 5% of the SKUs priced 20% higher.
> > (c) The third gating factor COULD be assembly of the final product. I've seen nothing yet
> > about the packaging of Rome -- the technology or who does the work. But it doesn't seem to
> > be any particular stretch in terms of grossly higher frequencies, pin/trace densities, or
> > any other important metric. Which suggests that it's business as usual for the packaging,
> > and that there's no reason to believe that packaging will limit the numbers AMD can ship.
> >
> > Which leads me to ask, once again, exactly what it is that you imagine will prevent AMD from being
> > able to ship at the very least the same sort of volumes they've shipped over the past year?
> > (Of course if they were too pessimistic in their forecasts, they may have initial
> > temporary glitches meeting demand, simply because, as they said, they didn't expect
> > that their competition over the next year would be so inadequate...)
> Just like a) it's simple Alberto logic. Intel can't do it so no one else can. Therefore
> EPYC2 must be vaporware like Ice Lake. Don't pay any attention to any datacenters using
> them or any customers buying them. They're just collective hallucinations. And if they
> do ship AMD is actually making a loss. Don't believe their quarterly results.

Sorry but your post is pretty strange. We are speaking of an SKU with half silicon on old 14nm and an interconnection that draw around 20% of the TDP budget (Anand on first Epyc). Around 35/40% of the TDP is fixed on old generation so the power saving is all on the 7nm silicon and half the power is the worst case because here we are at less then half the power on logic versus old generation. Clearly we are not in presence of an high volume SKU.
It is not my logic, it is logic dot. No matter intel, ibm, ARM.

My point is Epyc is not done to frontally face Intel but to try to very slowly gain market share with a low volume. This is a long term strategy that hypothesizes Intel sleeping forever on its laurel for the next five/ten years. But obviously this will not happen.

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