Super Seven

As part of the end-of-year news melee, Baidu and AMD have announced the next phase of EPYC in the cloud, with a large scale deployment of single socket servers as part of Baidu’s ABC next-generation strategy. The lynchpin in the deployment will be AMD EPYC CPUs, which will be available to Baidu’s customers with ‘immediate availability’. Baidu, the largest search engine in China, announced back at the June 20th EPYC launch that it was currently investigating the capability of EPYC within its infrastructure, and the recent announcement represents the culmination and results of that investigation. What makes the deployment of EPYC within Baidu’s infrastructure different to previous announcements around the new processors is the target: not only are these systems being used for storage and...

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