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Oracle announces new bare metal instances for HPC workloads


Oracle today announced the general availability of new bare metal Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute instances, powered by Intel Xeon processors. These new instances add to Oracle's CPU- and GPU-based high performance computing (HPC) workloads, with the aim of convincing large businesses to bring legacy HPC workloads to the cloud for the first time. The instances are part of Oracle's new "Clustered Network" offering, which provides access to a low-latency, high-bandwidth remote direct memory access (RDMA) network. Oracle says it's the only cloud provider offering bare metal Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) with RDMA. Also: Amazon's consumer business moves from Oracle to AWS, but Larry Ellison won't stop talking With the Clustered Network, companies can run performance-sensitive workloads, such as AI or engineering simulations.

Oracle Cloud targets more HPC, adds Ampere for first Arm offering


Fresh off of its high-profile deal with TikTok and a series of other major cloud customer wins, Oracle on Tuesday showcase its vision for its cloud business over the next 12 to 18 months. With a heavy focus on high-performance computing (HPC) workloads, the company announced a series of hardware and compute updates, as well as new partnerships. The announcements include: New HPC instances on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) powered by Intel "Ice Lake" chips, the general availability of Nvidia A100 GPUs on bare metal instances and the introduction of E4 compute instances for general purpose workloads. Additionally, Oracle is partnering with Ampere to offer Oracle's first ARM-based compute instances, and it's partnering with Rescale to make it easier for customers to onboard HPC jobs. After nearly four years of competing effectively as a niche provider, overshadowed by major public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, Oracle's cloud business is showing some momentum: With more than 25 regions currently online, OCI should have 36 regions up and running globally by this time next year.

Nissan to move high-performance computing workloads to Oracle Cloud


Oracle on Tuesday announced that Nissan is migrating on-premise,high-performance computing (HPC) workloads to Oracle Cloud, in order to perform latency-sensitive engineering simulations. Back in 2018, Oracle introduced bare metal compute instances, powered by Intel Xeon processors, tailored for HPC workloads. The instances are part of Oracle's "Clustered Network" offering, which provides access to a low-latency, high-bandwidth remote direct memory access (RDMA) network. Nissan is one of the first automotive OEMs to leverage Oracle's bare-metal GPU-accelerated hardware for HPC workloads. Bing Xu, the GM of Nissan's Engineering Systems Department, said the company selected Oracle's cloud HPC offerings "to meet the challenges of increased simulation demand under constant cost savings pressure."

With Epyc Milan launch, AMD aims to push further into the enterprise


AMD on Monday is officially launching Epyc Milan, the third generation of its Epyc server microprocessor (tune into the launch event at 11 am ET above). After hitting significant performance milestones and winning market share with previous generations, AMD says Milan will help it push further into the enterprise. The new Epyc 7003 series processors offer up to 64 Zen 3 cores per processor. Compared with prior generations, they bring new levels of per-core cache memory, once again include PCIe 4 connectivity and eight memory channels. The new chips also include new AMD Infinity Guard security features, including Secure Encrypted Virtualization-Secure Nested Paging (SEV-SNP).