Intel is not inside - Cloudflare moves to AMD

Silentbob343

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https://blog.cloudflare.com/technic...udflare-chose-amd-epyc-for-gen-x-servers/amp/

Notably, Intel is not inside. We are not using their hardware for any major server components such as the CPU, board, memory, storage, network interface card (or any type of accelerator).

This time, AMD is inside.

Compared with our prior server (Gen 9), our Gen X server processes as much as 36% more requests while costing substantially less. Additionally, it enables a ~50% decrease in L3 cache miss rate and up to 50% decrease in NGINX p99 latency, powered by a CPU rated at 25% lower TDP (thermal design power) per core.
 

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From the article:
We're also mindful of events like the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities and have been working with outside parties on research into mitigation and exploitation which we hope to publish later this year.
Very much looking forward to reading through this.
Those 50+ CPU hardware-level exploits do hurt in servers and data centers the most, and not just for security, but also for performance and/or power consumption.

Also from the article:
We looked very seriously at ARM-based CPUs and continue to keep our software up to date for the ARM architecture so that we can use ARM-based CPUs when the requests per watt is interesting to us.
Looks like ARM is becoming more viable as a real-world option each day for non-mobile devices.
I hope AMD can keep it up, and Intel gets themselves organized, because otherwise, x86-64's days are numbered.
 

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dam! thats a kick in the balls to intel!
From the article:
Compared with our prior server (Gen 9), our Gen X server processes as much as 36% more requests while costing substantially less. Additionally, it enables a ~50% decrease in L3 cache miss rate and up to 50% decrease in NGINX p99 latency, powered by a CPU rated at 25% lower TDP (thermal design power) per core.
Hot damn, that kick lifted Intel off the ground! :ROFLMAO:
 
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