News
 

Bookmark and Share

(0) 

In line with the trends for ultra low-power servers, Advanced Micro Devices said that it would test its processors based on the Bobcat micro-architecture in server environments. Considering the fact that AMD already has very low power chips for servers, feasibility of using Bobcat micro-architecture is not clear.

"We are definitely in the process of examining this as a design point. It would be foolish not to," said Donald Newell, AMD's new server chief technology officer, in an interview with IDG News Service.

The interest towards low-power servers is growing nowadays. Both AMD and Intel have introduce server Opteron or Xeon chips with massively reduced power consumption in the recent years and AMD this year even managed to squeeze a quad-core AMD Opteron chip into 35W thermal envelope. There are companies experimenting with Intel Atom and Via Nano chips in server environments, but so far such machines have not gained popularity. ARM, the leading developer of low-power architectures for mobile devices, also says that some of its partners are exploring feasibility of using ARM-based microprocessors in servers.

But before Bobcat micro-architecture is implemented in a server chip, AMD has to analyze data like power-versus-performance benefits for specific tasks, including some that are not compute or time sensitive.

"There's only a few papers and there's a lot more data to collect. It really depends on a number of factors to whether or not that's a good design point," said Mr. Newell.

It is clear that Bobcat processors will provide lower idle power compared to AMD Opteron chips based on K10.5 or Bulldozer micro-architectures. But the big question is whether Bobcat chips will actually be able to work fast enough to provide decent performance.

"There's a certain amount of computation to be done, and a certain amount of time for it to be done. The large cores will get more work done in a single amount of time and get you a better answer," concluded the new server CTO of AMD.

Tags: AMD, , Opteron, , , , Nano

Discussion

Comments currently: 0

Add your Comment




Related news

Latest News

Monday, April 14, 2014

8:23 am | Microsoft Vows to Release Xbox 360 Emulator for Xbox One. Microsoft Xbox One May Gain Compatibility with Xbox 360 Games

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

10:39 am | Microsoft Reveals Kinect for Windows v2 Hardware. Launch of New Kinect for Windows Approaches

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

1:57 pm | Facebook to Acquire Virtual Reality Pioneer, Oculus VR. Facebook Considers Virtual Reality as Next-Gen Social Platform

1:35 pm | Intel Acquires Maker of Wearable Computing Devices. Basis Science Becomes Fully-Owned Subsidiary of Intel

Monday, March 24, 2014

10:53 pm | Global UHD TV Shipments Total 1.6 Million Units in 2013 – Analysts. China Ahead of the Whole World with 4K TV Adoption

10:40 pm | Crytek to Adopt AMD Mantle Mantle API for CryEngine. Leading Game Developer Adopts AMD Mantle

9:08 pm | Microsoft Unleashes DirectX 12: One API for PCs, Mobile Gadgets and Xbox One. Microsoft Promises Increased Performance, New Features with DirectX 12

3:33 pm | PowerVR Wizard: Imagination Reveals World’s First Ray-Tracing GPU IP for Mobile Devices. Imagination Technologies Brings Ray-Tracing, Hybrid Rendering Modes to Smartphones and Tablets

2:00 pm | Nokia Now Expects to Close Deal with Microsoft in Q2. Sale of Nokia’s Division to Close Next Month