Unigroup's February 2019 Meeting Announcements


AMD Processor Technology Roadmap featuring EPYC+Rome Architectures

Lewis Carroll, Director, Field Applications Engineering / Datacenter & Enterprise Group;
Rick Hughson, Principal Solution Architect / Datacenter;
David Kaplan, Senior Engineer, Security Architect;
Brent Hollingsworth, Senior Alliances Manager and Security Researcher;
Paul Neugebauer, Business Development Executive / Northeast;
Walt Cataldo, Director, Business Development;
Members of the AMD NYC Team,

Thursday, 21-FEB-2019      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 806    (*** New Building, 8th Floor ***)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Please see the Fee Schedule below.


AMD is coming back to Unigroup! AMD last presented their lineup of x86 CPU technology to Unigroup back in 2012. AMD has been developing new technology in recent years beyond Opteron, including Ryzen, Threadripper, EPYC and Rome, and we are planning to explore the new CPU and System Architectures enabled by these new platforms.

From AMD: It looks like AMD might have a decent number of AMD attendees at Unigroup, since we have multiple sales, applications and engineering folks in town for other meetings. Potentially most interesting, we will have two engineers from our security team available to talk about last year's side channel exploits and what AMD has coming down the pike to secure servers at boot and virtual machines at runtime. (A tentative list of AMD attendees is posted.)


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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

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Topic: AMD Processor Technology Roadmap featuring EPYC+Rome Architectures

Related Topics/Keywords:

AMD EPYC, AMD Rome, AMD Naples, AMD Ryzen, AMD Threadripper, Computer System Architecture, CPU Architecture, Bus Architecture, Memory Architecture, CPU Selection, CPU Sidechannel Exploits, Meltdown, Spectre, Meltdown, Foreshadow, AMD, Intel, X86.

Introduction & Description of Talk:

AMD Solutions Architects will be presenting AMD's latest Platform Technology Roadmap, featuring the EPYC+Rome Server CPU Architectures.

AMD is back with a vengeance in the datacenter! Come hear what AMD has been up to and where AMD is going...

In general, we are planning to discuss:

Presentation Outline:

Detailed Outline:

  1. What's been going on at AMD since the Opteron days?
  2. Introduction to the EPYC AMD64 Server CPU Family.
    1. Naples - the first family member, how we did it.
    2. What developers need to know about how Naples differs from other x86 architectures.
    3. Applications where Naples fits, where Naples does not fit.
    4. Selected benchmarks.
  3. Introduction to EPYC family security features.
    1. Side channel exploits (Spectre, Meltdown, Foreshadow).
    2. Platform Secure Boot / Silicon Root of Trust.
    3. Secure Virtualization.
  4. Overview of Naples OEM platforms available.
  5. Overview of Naples cloud instances available.
  6. Rome: The next EPYC family member.
    1. Status and how we did it, schedule.
    2. Comparison to Naples - How developers can use Naples to get ready for Rome.
  7. Q & A with our security architect.
  8. Time permitting: High Performance Scientific and Technical Computing with AMD.
    1. EPYC excels in memory-bound HPC workloads.
    2. AMD Datacenter GPU teaser.

References & Web Resources:


   AMD Server Processors Page:

   AMD Embedded Processors Page:

   AMD Product Roadmaps:

   AMD EPYC Product Line Overview:

   AMD EPYC Developer Resources (optimizing compiler, math libraries,
     profiling tools):

   AMD Developer - Secure Encrypted Virtualization:

   Wikipedia on AMD:

   ServeTheHome Review: EPYC 7371 - The Fastest 16 Core CPU:

   AnandTech EPYC Benchmarks:

   Wikipedia on Comparison of AMD Processors:

   Wikipedia on List of AMD Microprocessors:

   Wikipedia on List of AMD APUs:

   Wikipedia on List of AMD GPUs:

   Wikipedia on List of AMD Chipsets:


Lewis Carroll, Director, Field Applications Engineering / Datacenter & Enterprise Group

Lewis Carroll is Director of Field Applications Engineering for Advanced Micro Devices' Datacenter and Embedded Solutions business unit. In this capacity, Mr. Carroll is responsible for the growing North America and EMEA technical sales team for AMD's x86 server processors and datacenter GPUs. A 25 year industry veteran with a background in high-performance processors, Linux and system architecture, Mr. Carroll has most recently held technical sales and sales management roles at Broadcom Ltd. and NetLogic Microsystems. Mr. Carroll holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and is an inventor on several patents.


AMD - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

For nearly 50 years, AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies - the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the datacenter. Our mission is to build great products that accelerate next-generation computing experiences.

For information about AMD, please visit: http://www.amd.com


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Unigroup would like to thank both publishing companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.

Note: Our book supply is currently running low, and we need to restock.


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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

** However, due to a continuing situation at our caterer, we are planning to have: pizza (cheese+veggy), soda, water, cookies, and brownies at this meeting.

AMD will be sponsoring the food service for this meeting... Thanks AMD!

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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