November 10, 2022

Benchmark Results for Abaqus & PowerFLOW Performance with 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ Processors

SIMULIA technology partner, AMD, announces its 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ 9004 Series processors.
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Katie Corey

Manufacturers continue to be under immense pressure to reduce costs and time throughout the entire product development process. To meet the challenges, companies are leveraging computer aided engineering applications, combined with high-performance computing systems, to accelerate the process of evaluating and improving design performance prior to building physical prototypes.

This ongoing demand to deliver new products to market faster continues to drive improvements in solver performance across the broad range of SIMULA’s simulation technology portfolio. In addition, SIMULIA’s technology partners, such as AMD, continue to enhance the speed and performance of their processors to meet the needs of our user community.

When it comes to optimizing per-core performance for applications such as SIMULIA Abaqus/Standard. Abaqus/Explicit, and PowerFLOW, computing architectures are required that can satisfy a range of demands from core counts to memory bandwidth to IO. Through the SIMULIA technology partnership program, AMD routinely collaborates with SIMULIA R&D teams to test the performance of SIMULIA applications.

Recently, AMD has announced its 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ 9004 Series processors capable of supporting 50% more memory channels, DDR5, PCIe5, AVX-512, and other enhancements*.

 “Building on the record-breaking performance of 3rd Gen AMD EPYC Processors, the latest 4th Gen AMD EPYC Processors help our customers achieve better business outcomes faster and address their most ambitious energy efficiency goals,” said Ram Peddibhotla, corporate vice president, EPYC product management, AMD. “Our new ‘Zen 4’ architecture is optimized for modern workloads and delivers the core density, memory bandwidth and sophisticated security features customers demand.”

The newest AMD processors provide enriched features, including:

  • Up to 96 cores and 6TB of memory per CPU, for outstanding results across a wide spectrum of industry standard applications.
  • 12 memory channels to help feed memory bandwidth bound applications, such as CFD solvers
  • Support for high performant DDR5 DIMMs and fast PCIe® Gen 5 I/O, which help to address the demands of today’s AI and ML applications and the increasing use of accelerators like GPUs and FPGAs
  • CXL™1.1+ memory expansion to help support the demand for ever-larger in-memory workload capacity.
  • State-of-the-art security features and a silicon-embedded security subsystem.

“Our SIMULIA R&D team works closely with AMD to benchmark and validate suitable configurations for SIMULIA simulation applications, including Abaqus, PowerFLOW, CST Studio Suite, and other products in our broad technology portfolio,” stated Florian Jurecka, Vice President SIMULIA R&D, Dassault Systèmes. “This joint effort provides confidence to our mutual customers that, as they adopt the new 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors, our robust and proven simulation applications will perform reliably and can provide performance gains that enable them to accelerate their product innovation process.”

In recent benchmarks** to evaluate Abaqus performance on single-node servers powered by dual 4th Gen AMD EPYC 32-core 9374F and 64-core 9554 processors versus equivalent servers powered by prior-generation AMD EPYC 75F3 (32-core) processors, the results indicate impressive generational performance uplifts. Comparing 32-core processors saw uplifts ranging from ~1.21x to ~1.50x, demonstrating the benefits of leveraging the technologies incorporated into 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors. The report also demonstrates that using 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors with 64-cores can achieve even higher performance uplifts for Abaqus vs the 32-core 3rd Gen EPYC, ranging from 1.73x to ~2.03x .

**Click here to read the AMD performance brief:

https://www.amd.com/system/files/documents/epyc-9004-pb-simulia-generational.pdf

* EPYC-034: AMD EPYC 9004 CPUs support 12 memory channels with 2 DPC and up to 12 TB of total memory per CPU using 256GB 3DS RDIMMs. The highest supported total memory on https://ark.intel.com/ is the Intel Xeon Ice Lake with up to 6 TB per processor.

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