Azure HBv4 and HX Collection VMs for HPC now usually obtainable | Azure Weblog

We’re excited to announce Azure HBv4 and HX-series Digital Machines (VMs) are actually usually obtainable. With the overall availability, Microsoft is providing prospects the primary VMs that includes the most recent 4th Gen AMD EPYC™ processors with AMD 3D V-Cache™ expertise (codename ‘Genoa-X’), paired with 400 Gigabit NVIDIA Quantum-2 InfiniBand. Azure HBv4 and HX-series VMs supply management ranges of efficiency, scaling effectivity, and cost-effectiveness for quite a lot of HPC workloads reminiscent of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), monetary companies calculations, finite ingredient evaluation (FEA), geoscience simulations, climate simulation, rendering, quantum chemistry, and silicon design.

In comparison with Azure HBv3-series VMs utilizing 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors (codename ‘Milan-X’), already the highest efficiency VMs for HPC workloads on the general public cloud, prospects will see as much as:

  • 1.6 occasions greater efficiency for rendering
  • 2.4 occasions greater efficiency for climate simulation
  • 2.7 occasions greater efficiency for CFD
  • 4.2 occasions greater efficiency for molecular dynamics
  • 5.7 occasions greater efficiency for structural evaluation

Go to our technical weblog for extra detailed efficiency and scalability info and see beneath for a abstract of efficiency throughout a various choice of broadly used excessive efficiency computing (HPC) workloads.

Graph showing the performance comparison summary of Azure HBv4/HX-series VMs to HBv3-series across diverse engineering and scientific computing workloads.

Determine 1: Efficiency comparability abstract of Azure HBv4/HX-series VMs to HBv3-series throughout numerous engineering and scientific computing workloads.

Azure HBv4 and HX-series VMs can be found in the present day within the Azure East United States area, and can quickly come to the Azure Korea Central, South Central US, Sweden Central, and Southeast Asia areas.

Quicker, more economical, and extra energy environment friendly applied sciences for HPC

Azure HBv4 and HX collection VMs characteristic 4th Gen AMD EPYC™ processors with AMD 3D V-cache™ as a result of they ship the quickest ranges of efficiency to quite a lot of reminiscence performance-bound HPC workloads. The two.3 GB L3 cache per VM can ship as much as 5.7 terabytes per second of bandwidth to amplify as much as 780 gigabytes per second of bandwidth from important reminiscence, for a market main blended common of 1.2 terabytes per second of efficient reminiscence bandwidth throughout a broad vary of buyer workloads. For widely-used reminiscence bandwidth-bound workloads like OpenFOAM, HBv4-series VMs with 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPUs with 3D V-Cache expertise are already yielding as much as 1.49 occasions greater efficiency than customary 4th Gen EPYC processors in Azure’s inside testing.

Graph showing the performance comparison of Azure HBv4 and HX series VMs during preview (without AMD 3D V-Cache) versus general availability (includes 3D V-Cache) from 1-8 VMs on CFD workload OpenFOAM.

Determine 2: Efficiency comparability of HBv4/HX throughout Preview (no 3D V-Cache) versus Basic Availability (consists of 3D V-Cache) from 1-8 VMs on CFD workload OpenFOAM.

Azure HBv4 and HX collection VMs ship these important efficiency enhancements at decrease value and vitality consumed per job instantly proportional to the speed of workload speedup (reminiscent of 25 p.c sooner efficiency on a given HPC workload with AMD 3D V-Cache in comparison with customary 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPUs interprets to the client incurring 25 p.c decrease value and energy consumed per job).

Be taught extra about efficiency and scalability throughout a spread of purposes, fashions, and configurations, and go to Azure Docs for full technical specs of HBv4 and HX collection VMs.

Steady enchancment for much more HPC prospects

Microsoft is delivering a brand new period of high-performance computing within the cloud; one outlined by steady enhancements to the important analysis and enterprise workloads that matter most to our prospects. Via our partnership with AMD, we’re making this imaginative and prescient a actuality by elevating the bar on the efficiency, scalability, and worth we ship with each launch of Azure H-series household VMs for our HPC prospects.

With the discharge of Azure HX collection VMs, a brand new class inside the Azure H-series household, we’re extending our dedication to prospects working massive reminiscence workloads like structural evaluation and semiconductor design. The 1.4 terabytes of reminiscence in each HX-series VM allows prospects to run extra of an information intensive workload out of reminiscence for important speedups and value reductions. For broadly used automotive simulators like MSC Nastran, Azure’s inside testing reveals the brand new HX collection VMs yield as much as 5.7 occasions greater efficiency than HBv3-series VMs, and 9.2 occasions greater efficiency than HC-series VMs launched 4 years in the past that includes expertise nonetheless broadly utilized in on-premises HPC environments in the present day.

Graph showing the performance uplift from 2019–2023 on Azure H-series family virtual machines for structural analysis application MSC NASTRAN.

Determine 3: Efficiency uplift from 2019–2023 on Azure H-series household Digital Machines for structural evaluation utility MSC NASTRAN.

Buyer Momentum

“Supplies sciences researchers, together with these working with Azure Quantum, stand to profit tremendously from the introduction of Azure HBv4 digital machines that includes highly effective new processors and networking applied sciences. The 4x efficiency enhance on NAMD reveals as soon as once more Microsoft’s dedication to constantly making essentially the most superior computing sources obtainable by way of Azure cloud companies.”—Nathan Baker, Senior Director, Partnerships for Chemistry and Supplies, Azure Quantum.

AMD EPYC™ processors, obtainable by way of the Azure HB-series household of Digital Machines through Ansys Cloud, have been instrumental in advancing our capacity to ship extra CFD simulations in assist of our Motorsports efforts in North America. We firmly consider that accelerating our simulation capabilities and the engineering insights gained from this work have been key to our current string of successes in each IndyCar and IMSA prototypes. We’re trying ahead to evaluating the efficiency of Azure HBv4 and HX-series VMs powered by the 4th Era of AMD EPYC™ processors with AMD 3D V-Cache™ expertise within the very close to future. We’re assured that AMD and Azure will proceed to ship on their promise of sustainable efficiency to be realized in time-to and cost-of answer for our very advanced CFD fashions with these processors.”—Kelvin Fu, Vice President at Honda Efficiency Improvement.

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