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AMD and Microsoft have announced at Microsoft Ignite that AMD’s upcoming AMD Instinct MI300X accelerator, AMD EPYC CPUs, and AMD Ryzen CPUs with AI engines, are driving innovation across various sectors. The partnership focuses on empowering services and compute capabilities in cloud and generative AI, Confidential Computing, Cloud Computing, and enhancing the intelligence of PCs.
At the same time, AMD has also announced the AMD Advancing AI event on December 6, which would showcase AMD’s AI product.
Leading the charge is the AMD Instinct MI300X accelerator, set to power Microsoft’s new Azure ND MI300X v5 Virtual Machine (VM) series optimised for AI workloads. This marks a milestone as Azure becomes the first cloud platform to integrate the new accelerator, offering customers enhanced efficiency and scalability options. The AMD-powered VMs are part of Microsoft’s expansive infrastructure supporting AI innovation for enterprises.
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Additionally, AMD highlighted the widespread adoption of Ryzen AI, the inaugural dedicated AI accelerator available on an x86 processor. With over 50 systems now equipped with Ryzen 7000 Series processors and Ryzen AI, millions of AMD AI PCs are available in the market. AMD and Microsoft have collaborated to bring Windows Studio Effects to Ryzen AI PCs, with ongoing efforts to expand AI workloads and generative AI experiences for consumers.
In tandem, 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors are now at the core of a new generation of general-purpose, memory-intensive, and compute-optimised VMs. Microsoft’s latest VM series underscores the growing demand for AMD EPYC processors in the cloud, promising up to 20% better performance for general-purpose and memory-intensive VMs and doubling the CPU performance for compute-optimised VMs compared to the previous generation. The new VM series is set to enter public preview in the first quarter of 2024.
AMD‘s influence extends to the Azure NGads V620 series of VMs, now in general availability. As part of the Azure N-series family of GPU-accelerated VMs for visualisation, these VMs are driven by multiple AMD technologies, combining AMD Radeon PRO V620 GPUs and 3rd Gen AMD EPYC CPUs. The NGads V620 series caters to workloads requiring higher GPU resources, supporting more demanding tasks such as gaming, VDI, and rendering.
Interestingly, NVIDIA recently also announced the launch of its HGX H200 AI computer, which would be powering Microsoft’s platform as well, along with AWS, Google, and Oracle.