Google's cloud arm has hooked up with AMD, tapping up its latest EPYC processors for a new family of virtual machines, Tau VMs, aimed at scale-out applications - but the company isn't keen on tying itself down to just one chip-slinger.
"The name 'Tau' also stands for the golden ratio," Sachin Gupta, VP and GM of Compute at Google Cloud, told The Register in an interview. "This is like the balance that you need in the design, with the latest CPU technology from our partner AMD, in order to achieve the best outcome.
"We've taken the latest generation of the CPU and put it into a server that's optimised for performance, rather than for some of the other things and other flexibilities like we have for large-scale databases. Working with key customers like Snap and Twitter, we talked to understand what are the things that we should shift in the server design, in the machine itself, to optimise for this kind of scale-out architecture," Gupta added.