You may have seen a trailer for "Machete Kills," an upcoming sequel to "Machete" starring Danny Trejo, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara, Michelle Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., and even Lady Gaga (her first cinematic appearance). There are some big names there, though they're not the only recognizable ones involved with the film. Behind the scenes is another big name: AMD.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Monday introduced new Opteron 6300 Series server processors built around its next-generation "Piledriver" core architecture. The new chips boost performance by up to 24 percent compared to the prior generation Opteron 6200 Series, AMD said, basing its claim on the SPECjbb2005 server benchmark that's used to evaluate Java performance.
After years of designing chips exclusively around x86 architecture, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is now waving around an ARM license that it intends to use to build 64-bit ARM-based processors for the server market, the Sunnyvale chip designer announced. The first of these will be 64-bit multi-core System-on-a-Chip (SoC) parts optimized for energy efficient servers found in large data centers.
After being delayed for the past several months, AMD today announced the launch and immediate availability of its AMD Opteron 6200 (formerly code-named "Interlagos") and 4200 ("Valencia) Series of server processors for the enterprise. The new chips purportedly offer better performance, scalability, and efficiency for enterprise customers.
Picture us on the other end of your monitor waving a hand in front of your face as we say, "These are not the Bulldozer chips you're looking for." And we mean it. What you're waiting for is codenamed Zambezi, AMD's upcoming FX-series desktop processors rumored to ship in October. Nevertheless, AMD just announced it's begun revenue shipments of its first Bulldozer processors, only these are codenamed Interlagos. Know the difference?
AMD's Valentine's Day gift to workstation and server system builders is the addition of five new members to the AMD Opteron 6100 series, all of which are available today, the chip maker announced. The new parts range in clockspeed from 1.8GHz to 2.5GHz and sport 8 or 12 cores. AMD is aiming to attract mostly value minded enterprise and public sector consumers by touting low power and attractive performance-per-dollar-per-watt.
The film Predators opened in theaters over the weekend, and as was the case with several other flicks proceed by Robert Rodriquez -- Shorts, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, Planet Terror, Sin City -- it was AMD hardware that brought the special effects to life.
In this case, Troublemaker Studios tapped into AMD's six-core Opteron processors and ATI FirePro graphics cards, and specifically the V8800 iteration. Representing the flagship GPU in the FirePro Vxxx line, the V8800 comes with 1600 stream processors, a 256-bit memory interface, 2GB of GDDR5, and all the modern standards you would expect, such as DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2, and Shader Model 5.0.
Six digital artists comprised the core Predators production team. According to Charlie Boswell, AMD's Direct of Digital Media and Entertainment, the AMD-powered workstations allowed the Predators team to render scenes in real-time at resolutions of up to 4,096 x 2,160.
AMD on Wednesday unveiled its Opteron 4000 Series processors, and the first server platform designed from the ground up for the cloud, the No. 2 chip maker said.
"Until now, customers wanting to build a dense and power-efficient cloud or hyperscale data center had to shoehorn expensive, higher-end solutions into their computing environment, or they had to choose low-power client-based designs that may not have offered the right level of performance and server functionality," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD. "With the AMD Opteron 4000 Series platform, these customers now have a server platform that is extremely power- and cost-efficient, allows a high degree of customization, and is also an ideal solution for high-end embedded systems."
The new Opteron 4000 Series ship in four- and six-core designations, each one rated at less than 6W per core resulting in up to a 24 percent power reduction over the previous generation parts.
AMD is looking to take the server and datacenter markets by storm and has announced the availability of the "world's first 8- and 12-core x86 processor for the high-volume 2P and value 4P server market." According to AMD, it's Opteron 6000 Series platform offers up to a 119 percent improved performance (floating point) while still maintaining low price and power.
"As AMD has done before, we are again redefining the server market based on current customer requirements," said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manger, Server and Embedded Divisions, AMD. "The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform signals a new era of server value, significantly disrupts today's server economics, and provides the performance-per-watt, value, and consistency customers demand for their real-world datacenter workloads."
In addition to improved floating point performance, AMD says its new 6000 Series increases integer performance by up to 88 percent, while the enhanced integrated memory controller supports four channels of DDR3 memory for up to a 2.5x improvement in overall memory bandwidth.
AMD is also touting "significant new power management features," and compared to Intel's offerings, the No. 2 chip maker says "it feels like the power efficiency is clearly in our court."
It’s a pretty good question, and we really don’t have a ton of ideas. There might not be a lot of real world use cases for a 48-core setup, but maybe you could come up with a few if the price was right. Like for instance, if AMD would give you those 48 cores if you came up with a good one. Well, that’s just what they’re doing.
AMD wants people to submit essays, videos, or blog posts explaining how they’d use a monster 48 core server to “make the world a better, more interesting place”. The contest is seemingly meant to promote the upcoming Magny-Cours based Opteron CPUs AMD will be releasing this quarter. If you can come up with the best idea, AMD will provide you with four new AMD Opteron 6174 12-core CPUs, a TYAN S8812 motherboard, and a copy of Windows Server 2008.
So what'll it be? Super powered Folding@home box to cure cancer? Rendering farm for underprivileged, inner-city video producers? Check out the full rules here before you formulate any plans. Anyone planning on submitting an entry? Drop us a line if you win…