AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 Series Ecosystem
In terms of the OS support, we see an interesting slide. Ubuntu 17.04 is the Launch support, not 16.04 LTS line. With Ubuntu 18.04 LTS likely out when these systems are first deployed, this may be largely academic, but you generally want the current LTS solution supported in embedded processors designed to be deployed for many years beyond their data center counterparts.
AMD had one customer and partner slide in the deck. Again, we would have liked to see some larger OEMs in the mix beyond some of the purely embedded players. HPE was present at the launch event and demoed the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 series alongside an HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 but the test box was not designated as an HPE embedded system.
AMD had a partner showcase at the event and showed off an iBASE 1U rackmount appliance built for the networking segment.
That was one of the best server shots we could get aside from the Wallaby platform running many of the demos.
Given the fact that STH has been a leading embedded x86 CPU review site since the Atom C2000 days (September 2013) the natural feeling after this event was we want them in the lab. The public Intel Xeon D-2100 series (Skylake-D) launch happened and we had production hardware in the lab the same day. We expect Intel partners to have the Intel Xeon D-2100 series platforms for general public consumption in March 2018. What we want to see on the AMD side is a widely available platform, in a standard form factor so developers and system integrators can use the new chips.
If AMD can get the ecosystem going, and these platforms into the market, they are going to be astounding. For the dedicated server/ dense server market, as an example, this is a lower-cost alternative at the 12 and 16 core points than anything Intel has to offer and could be a category killer in the market. For embedded buyers looking at Xeon Silver 1P systems for storage appliances, this will be a hard platform to pass up. Embedded design cycles take considerably longer than standard server products, so we are eager to see where AMD finds success with the new line.