Oracle Cloud launched new instances with the 4th generation AMD EPYC processors code named Genoa.

A day after Oracle reported earnings and strong cloud growth, the company outlined flexible E5 instances powered by AMD. AMD has been gaining share in the data center.

The E5 AMD-powered instances on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure are designed for standard, high-performance computing and Dense-IO workloads.

The flavors of OCI Compute E5 instances, which will be available in the second half of 2023, on AMD EPYC include:

  • OCI Compute E5 Standard instances are used for multiple use cases including web and application servers, back-end servers for enterprise applications and application development environments. The new instances offer 33% better performance per core and 50% more memory bandwidth, as well as 50 percent more cores on bare metal instances.
  • OCI Compute E5 HPC are used mathematical and scientific workloads including model training. The new instances offer 40% better price-performance than prior generation HPC instances, said OCI.
  • OCI Compute E5 Dense-IO instances are designed for large databases, big data workloads, and applications that require high-performance local storage. The new instances have 50% higher storage capacity and 63% higher storage performance than prior E4 Dense-IO instances.

OCI Compute E5 instances support Oracle Linux, Windows and Red Hat.

For AMD, the Oracle instances build on recent data center momentum. Speaking at a Bank of America investment conference June 6, Dan McNamara, general manager of AMD's server business unit, said:

"What we see going forward is continued growth in terms of Genoa when we look at what our cloud customers are doing with it. We have Genoa in all of the top cloud providers, datacenters running right now and things are going very, very well.

And then from an enterprise standpoint, here's the other part. Within enterprise, there is tremendous amount of evaluation going on and excitement around the performance and energy efficiency that we're delivering with Genoa. Genoa is the point of the spear with our confidence going forward within the data center."

AMD's McNamara added that the company is following up with Bergamo, a cloud-native optimized device, Genoa-X for technical computing, Sienna and MI 300, which will compete with Nvidia in GPUs.