Oracle Bets Big on AMD and Ampere, Claims Intel x86 Chips
This week, Reuters reported statements from Oracle’s founder, Larry Ellison, regarding the company’s preferences in the realm of hardware components. Oracle is ready to spend billions of dollars on NVIDIA’s computing accelerators, however, it plans to spend triple that amount on central processing units (CPUs). Interestingly, the favorites in this sphere will be components from AMD and Ampere Computing, as Intel’s processors no longer demonstrate the former efficiency in this field.
As explained by CRN, the conversation revolved around the assortment of components for Oracle’s cloud systems, which the company will be purchasing this year. “Oracle will purchase GPUs and CPUs from three companies. We will be buying GPUs from NVIDIA for billions of dollars. Three times more will be spent on purchasing central processors from Ampere and AMD. We will spend more money on traditional computing components,” Ellison clarified the company’s plans for acquiring components this year.
CRN emphasized that since 2008, when building its Exadata infrastructure, Oracle relied predominantly on Intel Xeon processors with x86-compatible architecture. This began to change in 2021 with the transition to the X9M platform. At the beginning of 2022, Oracle started constructing its cloud infrastructure using a combination of both Intel and AMD processors. The third-generation AMD EPYC processors were trusted to work with databases, while Intel Xeon’s third-generation focused on data storage systems.
Now, the X10M platform is completely abandoning the use of Intel Xeon processors. AMD processors appeal to Oracle for their excellent scalability and price-performance ratio. The number of cores in the database sector was increased threefold, and in the data storage sector, it was doubled compared to the X9M platform. Query throughput increased threefold, and analytical queries are processed 3.6 times faster. AMD EPYC processors offer a higher core concentration per socket, which is crucial for scaling performance in Oracle’s infrastructure. Despite these changes, company representatives did not rule out the return to using components from competing suppliers in the future.
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