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The cloud might seem like an omnipotent data-storage solution, but the cloud needs to be powered somewhere, and those data centers need a powerful processor. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. recently announced a new CPU called the EPYC 7003, capable of doing just that.

“It’s what we’re calling a series processor,” said Kumaran Siva (pictured), corporate vice president of strategic business development at AMD. “We not only have the fastest server processor in the world with the AMD EPYC 7763, but we also have the fastest CPU core and also the fastest board in the world with the EPYC 72F3. F for frequency.”

AMD bills the 72F3 as “the world’s highest performing server processor.”

Siva spoke with John Furrier, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during IBM Think. They discussed the EPYC 7003, IBM’s partnership with AMD, the future of AMD processors and more. (* Disclosure below.)

Down to the details

The EPYC 7003 comes out of the gate with 64 cores, addressing what AMD calls both scale-up and scale-down workloads.

“The processor itself includes 256 megabytes of L3 cache. And cache is super important for a variety of workloads,” Siva said. “In the large cache size, we have seen scale, in particular cloud applications, but across the board, you know, database, Java and all sorts of things.”

The processor is based on AMD’s Zen 3 CPU microarchitecture with Zen three cores and 19% more instructions per cycle.

With the cloud growing bigger and more companies seeking to migrate large amounts of their data there, it’s crucial to constantly keep eyes on the horizon, and AMD says its processor is designed to accommodate a power-demanding industry. One way the company is doing that is through its partnership with IBM.

“I think IBM brings a lot of value in terms of being able to take on those upper layers of software and the full stack,” Siva stated. “So, combining that with AMD’s silicon and in divided and CPU devices it really is a great combination.”

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of IBM Think. (* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for IBM Think. Neither IBM, the sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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