AMD Milan-X Upgrade In The Cloud Makes Microsoft Azure HBv3 Very Compelling For HPC
Intel's Embree was also seeing very nice gains with Milan-X.
AMD Milan was already leading over Xeon Scalable Ice Lake with many of these oneAPI benchmarks we use and now with Milan-X the gain is simply extended.
While my time so far with MilanX by way of Microsoft Azure HBv3 has been limited, already the numbers speak volumes and the range of demanding workloads benefiting from AMD 3D V-Cache is proving to be significant. At least from my experience so far with Milan-X in the cloud, it's been very sunny! Given the very significant uplift in many HPC workloads, I remain very surprised that Microsoft is rolling out MilanX as an upgrade to HBv3 at the same pricing as present for Milan. Azure HBv3 was already priced competitively among public cloud providers and now particularly for those with large high performance computing workloads that can benefit from the large CPU cache, HBv3 Milan-X will be a no brainer.
Microsoft's Milan-X instances have been part of a preview program since Q4'2021 and just as ambitious is their global roll-out "soon" of replacing the HBv3 Milan instances with Milan-X. Milan-X is looking to be a very nice mid-cycle boost until EPYC 7004 "Genoa" later in 2022. Thanks to Microsoft for providing the gratis access to the HBv3 instances for benchmarking. If you didn't already see it, check out the AMD EPYC 7773X Linux benchmark review from this morning's Milan-X launch.
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