Baidu Deploys AMD EPYC Single Socket Platforms to Power its ‘ABC’ Datacenters

─ Search and Artificial Intelligence Giant Applies Performance of AMD EPYC™ Processors Across AI, Big Data and Cloud Computing ─

 ─ AMD EPYC Processors Provide 2.6X the I/O Density of the Competition1 ─​

Sunnyvale, Calif. 12/13/2017

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) and Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider and leader in artificial intelligence (AI), today announced the immediate availability of AMD-powered AI, big data, and cloud computing (ABC) services. Utilizing the compute performance and advanced feature-set of the AMD EPYC™ processor in a single-socket platform allows Baidu to efficiently optimize and deliver massive storage and compute services to its customers.  Baidu expects to further expand its use of AMD EPYC processors across its global datacenters beginning in the first quarter of 2018.

"By offering outstanding performance in single-processor systems, the AMD EPYC platform provides flexibility and high-performance in our datacenter, which allows Baidu to deliver more efficient services to our customers," said Liu Chao, senior director, Baidu System Technologies Department. "Baidu's mission is to make a complex world simpler through technology, and we are constantly looking to discover and apply the latest cutting-edge technologies, innovations, and solutions to business. AMD EPYC processors provide Baidu with a new level of energy efficient and powerful computing capability."

"Baidu is a long-recognized pioneer in datacenter innovations, and with their adoption of AMD EPYC they continue down that path by leveraging our single-socket innovations to power their ABC strategy," said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president, and general manager, AMD Enterprise Solutions. "It is a thrilling experience to work side-by-side with Baidu to explore the capabilities of AMD EPYC and maximize its application across their customers' workloads." 

With support for 128 lanes of PCIe® connectivity, an AMD EPYC processor delivers 2.6X the I/O density than competitive solutions1 and enables Baidu to achieve a level of scale and efficiency unrivaled in high-performance x86.  The combination of performance from the EPYC processor cores, and compute and I/O density packaged in a single-socket configuration, provides the ideal platform for Baidu's next generation cloud services.

Supporting Resources

  • AMD EPYC processors on AMD.com
  • Learn more about the "Zen" x86 core
  • Follow AMD datacenter developments on Twitter @AMDServer

About AMD

For more than 45 years, AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, and Facebook and Twitter pages.

About Baidu

Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. Baidu aims to make a complex world simpler through technology. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU". Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including the features, functionality, and expected benefits of AMD EPYC processors and Baidu's expanded use of AMD EPYC processors in the first quarter of 2018, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "intends," "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "intends," "plans," "pro forma," "estimates," "anticipates," or the negative of these words and phrases, other variations of these words and phrases or comparable terminology. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this document are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this document and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. 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