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Advanced Micro Devices this week reaffirmed plans to start shipments of it sixteen-core AMD Opteron "Interlagos" microprocessors next month. The company also expects all of its server partners to unveil servers based on its chips with Bulldozer micro-architecture this year.

"[AMD Opteron] 'Interlagos', which is our server-based product, will begin shipping initial production next month," said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of products group at AMD, during a conference call with financial analysts.

Shipments for revenue in August mean that the Sunnyvale, California-based chip designer is on-track to introduce actual servers powered by the latest server microprocessors in September so to fit into the calendar Q3 2011.

AMD Opteron 6200-series central processing units (CPUs) code-named Interlagos will have twelve or sixteen cores based on Bulldozer micro-architecture be drop-in compatible with existing G34 multi-socket server platforms and will bring a number of enhancements. In particular, the new microprocessors will sport a new memory controller with higher bandwidth, dynamic overclocking technology and some other improvements. Just like the predecessor, the Interlagos is a multi-chip-module that incorporated two code-named Valencia dies that contain up to eight cores.

"We expect to begin shipping our first server platform featuring the Bulldozer this quarter. The Interlagos platform is our first server offering optimized for today's cloud datacenters. The [Bulldozer] [micro]-architecture excels at compute-intensive and HPC workloads, where it will deliver up to 35% performance improvements compared to our current offerings. Customer excitement for Interlagos is high: all of our major customers are expected to introduce servers based on the new platform this year. We are committed to the server market and are focused on returning the business to a growth trajectory," said Thomas Seifert, interim chief executive officer of AMD.

Being on-track with 16-core AMD Opteron "Interlagos" processors based on Bulldozer micro-architecture is crucial for AMD, whose server market share has been declining for many years now. The new Bulldozer micro-architecture is projected to increase performance significantly compared to the previous-generation K10.5, which is why the actual Opteron chips will be more competitive. AMD also cannot risk its reputation among server makers, who either have already started to pre-announce systems with Bulldozer microprocessors or to recommend the machines to their clients with estimated deliver dates. For example, Cray said back in May that its hybrid XK6 systems based on AMD Opteron 6200 "Interlagos" processors and Nvidia Tesla 2000-series compute boards would be available in the second half of this year.

Tags: AMD, Opteron, Bulldozer, Interlagos, Valencia, Cray

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Zambezi and Valencia is also coming August

All Orochi designs are the same

It's not just Interlagos
0 0 [Posted by: seronx  | Date: 07/22/11 02:06:55 PM]
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They could do the same as Intel. Offer the same number of cores both on desktop and server, being the later capable of multiple sockets.
For example, with Nehalem they had up to 10 cores and desktop variants had 6 cores models. AMD could release a 12 core variant for the desktop and have the 16 cores as a premium exclusive server CPU, the same Intel did with its 10 cores Westmere which needed a different socket (LGA 1567 vs LGA 1366 of the 6 core parts both for desktop and server).
Now they have FM1, AM3+ and G34. Release up to 12 cores on AM3+ and on G34 up to 16. Or even go up to 20 cores on server and on the desktop up to 16 cores.
In that way they could compete with the upcoming Sandy Bridge E with 6 and 8 cores. I think they have some margin of improvement in their fab processes until their Q1-Q2 2012 refresh to pack some more cores, doing the same they did with the Phenom II X6, although adding 2 more cores took them more than 1 year :-S
0 1 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 07/22/11 03:24:24 PM]
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It's difficult for me to see whether more than 8 cores will be useful for desktop, even for heavily threaded desktop applications. At least for games won't for a long time...

This is like Sandy Bridge i7 Quad Core against Gulftown i7 Hexa Core: it's difficult to find desktop applications where Gulftown is better.

I hope IPC and frequency will be enough to compete against Intel Sandy Bridge-E.

0 1 [Posted by: imrbadguy  | Date: 07/22/11 04:04:50 PM]
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Well if 3dmark 11 is meant to show off DX11 Games

The engine is multithreaded to 8 cores

So, where are the 8 core DX11 games?
2 0 [Posted by: seronx  | Date: 07/22/11 05:20:39 PM]
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Video encoding is always benefited. And for games it will help in the future. DX11 supports multithreaded rendering.

Gulftown has lower IPC than Sandy Bridge. But those two extra cores help a lot on threaded apps. For example on x264 you need to increase 1Ghz the clock speed of the 2600k to match the 990x performance. On the new Sandy Bridge-E hexacores you will need to clock the 2600k even higher.

Edit: and of course Gulftown can be overclocked and the hexacore Sandy Bridge-E too.
0 1 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 07/23/11 08:07:01 AM]
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