Oracle Linux debuts on 4th Gen AMD EPYC processor

November 10, 2022 | 2 minute read
Michele Resta
Product Management Senior Director, Alliances, Oracle
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The Oracle Linux and Virtualization team congratulates AMD on today’s launch of the 4th Gen AMD EPYC(TM) processor. Our teams have a longstanding engineering relationship. This has included collaborating to develop and optimize Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) to support 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen EPYC processors, and now the 4th Gen, which raises the bar once again for workload performance.

The following Oracle Linux releases support the 4th Gen AMD EPYC processor:

  • Oracle Linux 8.6 with UEK R6 (5.4.17-2136.312.3.4 and later)
  • Oracle Linux 8.6 with UEK R7 (5.15.0- and later)
  • Oracle Linux 9.0 with UEK R7 (5.15.0- and later)

The ecosystem of Oracle Linux hardware vendors are already developing the next generation of solutions using the 4th Gen AMD EPYC processor. Through collaboration with the Oracle Linux development organization and a streamlined Oracle Linux certification (HCL) program, hardware vendors can accelerate time-to-market for their latest solutions.

Further collaboration

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) team has been working with AMD since 2017 with the launch of OCI E2 shapes powered by 1st Gen AMD EPYC processors. OCI’s flexible compute capability, which provide fine-grained provisioning of cores and memory, started with E3 shapes powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors. On the horizon, the 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors running Oracle Linux with UEK will be an exciting new option for OCI customers.

Oracle’s collaboration with AMD has broadened and deepened beyond OCI Compute, supporting an extensive spectrum of customer workloads powered by EPYC processors including:

  • Oracle Fusion Cloud Application offerings.
  • Exadata X9M database servers accelerate the performance of Autonomous Database and Exadata Database Service X9M in OCI.
  • MySQL HeatWave and MySQL HeatWave Lakehouse—delivering superior performance and price performance over Amazon Redshift with AQUA, Aurora, Snowflake, Google BigQuery and more. MySQL Heatwave runs completely on AMD on OCI.

We look forward to helping customers benefit from the latest Oracle Linux and 4th Gen AMD EPYC processor-based solutions.



AMD, the AMD arrow logo, EPYC, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Michele Resta

Product Management Senior Director, Alliances, Oracle

Michele Resta began his career at Oracle in 1996 as a database software engineer. Since 2006, he has led technical alliances for Oracle Linux and Virtualization, growing the organization and ecosystems over the last 17 years.

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