Biggish Blue is using the high-end, dual-socket EPYC 7763 processors with 128 cores (256 threads) of processing power topping out at 3.5 GHz. It can be equipped with up to 4 TB of memory and 10 NVMe drives.
This is the first time IBM Cloud has offered 128 cores in anything other than an 8-socket server. And means users should see a peak efficiency in a 1U server that takes up just a single rack slot. With up to 4 TB of memory in the same package.
The spec looks like this:
CPU: 64 cores per CPU (128 cores per server)
Frequency: 2.4GHz up to 3.5 GHz
Storage: up to 10 NVMe SSDs
Network: 2x10Gb Public + 2x10Gb Private
Price: Starting at $550/month
While 128 cores with 4 TB of memory are a bit of an overkill for most offices, IBM tells us that some of its customers will benefit from the high core count (not to mention per-core performance), large memory capacity, high memory bandwidth, and PCIe Gen4 I/O. Just what you need for compute-intensive 3D rendering, HPC workloads, large scale databases, and virtualized environments.
A switch away from Chipzilla to AMD processors should not be a problem either, Big Blue assures us. All major operating systems provide full support for AMD. However, it warns that some companies will find specific libraries are optimised for one processor over another. Things will still work but might not perform as well as you were hoping.