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Advanced Micro Devices on Monday officially began to ship its highly-anticipated multi-core AMD Opteron microprocessors code-named Interlagos and Valencia with eight, twelve or sixteen x86 cores. The new chips will power various classes of servers and AMD hopes to regain market share thanks to unique capabilities of its Bulldozer micro-architecture.

"The wait for the most anticipated new product and architecture for servers is over. Leading OEMs are now offering cloud, enterprise and HPC customers a full suite of solutions based on the industry’s most comprehensive server processor portfolio, the new AMD Opteron family of processors which deliver an inspired balance of performance, scalability and efficiency," said Paul Struhsaker, corporate vice president and general manager of commercial business unit at AMD

Systems powered by various AMD Opteron 4200-series and 6200-series microprocessors from Acer, Cray, Dell, HP, IBM and many additional channel and motherboard partners are expected on the market in the coming days and weeks. Up to now, AMD only supplied certain models of Opteron 6200-series to Cray, which had contracts to upgrade supercomputers with the new chips.

AMD Opteron 4200- and 6200-series microprocessors are based on Bullduzer micro-architecture. The new chips will feature up to sixteen processing engines, but since they are based on Bulldozer micro-architecture, those cores are packed into four modules. Every module has two independent integer cores (that share fetch, decode and L2 functionality) with dedicated schedulers, one "Flex FP" floating point unit with two 128-bit FMAC pipes with one FP scheduler. The chip have up to 8MB L2 cache, shared 8MB L3 cache, new dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and use HyperTransport 3.1 bus. For the first time ever, AMD's server chips support dynamic overclocking technology that can speed up the processor by up to 500MHz.

According to AMD, together, the new features of Bulldozer allow AMD's latest microprocessors to "deliver unparalleled performance, scalability and efficiency" for highly threaded workloads like HPC, database, virtualization, and especially, the emerging web and cloud market.

AMD also announced the expansion of its 2012 roadmap with the addition of the new AMD Opteron 3000 Series platform. The AMD Opteron 3000 Series platform is targeted to the ultra-dense, ultra-low power 1P web hosting/web serving and microserver markets. The first processor will be the 4-8 core CPU code-named “Zurich”, expected to ship in the first half of 2012. “Zurich” is based on the “Bulldozer” architecture and leverages the new Socket AM3+. The AMD Opteron 3000 series offering is designed for hosting customers who require dedicated servers for their customers. These cloud and web hosting customers appreciate the cost savings associated with a lower cost infrastructure, yet still want to deploy a server-class product with reliability and security features and server OS certification.

Tags: AMD, Bulldozer, Opteron, Interlagos, Valencia, Zambezi, Orochi, 32nm


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Good news for AMD and their enterprise customers. Opteron 6200/4200 looks very good on performance, power consumption and value.**.ecappj02?cid=nl_alert
2 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/15/11 07:54:23 AM]
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Good news indeed but i am still waiting to build a rig with a very good desktop cpu from Amd....
1 0 [Posted by: george1976  | Date: 11/15/11 09:57:13 AM]
Unless you have an older CPU, you'll need to wait until '12 for Piledriver to be released.
1 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/15/11 10:16:40 AM]

Just in time to tell my friend he been looking for a Good Spec on Server for their Hospital.

Price for 16 core is @ $1,000

I wish they can lower the power its almost 600 watts on a System, almost 2x from Bulldozer.**.ecappj02?cid=nl_alert

From Anand "The Xeon needs up to 25% less energy and performs slightly better. "
0 1 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 11/15/11 03:06:31 PM]

AMD shipping the new Opteron 6272 socket G34 chips is certainly great news!

Will likely have to upgrade the power supply on my ASUS KGPE-D16 dual socket motherboard though.[/url]
0 0 [Posted by: rgathright  | Date: 11/16/11 06:31:07 AM]

If we take this into consideration :

A) "The Opteron 6276 offers a better performance per dollar ratio. It delivers the performance of $1000 Xeon (X5650) at $800. Add to this that the G34 based servers are typically less expensive than their Intel LGA 1366 counterparts and the price bonus for the new Opteron grows. If performance/dollar is your first priority, we think the Opteron 6276 is an attractive alternative."

we can definitely say that AMD has won this game.

Server market is all about how much performance can you get for an amount of money . So AMD has this one under its belt.

Considering that the client could use this :

B) "AMD promised us (in 2009/2010) that the Opteron 6200 would be significantly faster than the 6100: "unprecedented server performance gains". That is somewhat the case if you recompile your software with the latest and greatest optimized compiler as AMD's own SPEC CINT (+19%), CFP 2006 (+11%) and Linpack benchmarks (+32%) show."

We can easily see that there's room for huge improvement almost for free .. requiring only a little more work from the software admins.

C) And considering that the current Operating Systems have no ideea of how to use the new Interlagos architecture ..

1)Instead of a 40% Turbo Boost we can only get 18% because the OS never asks the CPU for more despite the fact that the latter is able to deliver. And keep in mind that all these results were marked by this OS handicap and Interlagos still is equal if not better than Xeon 5670.

2)The OS has no idea how to use the FLOAT units in applications with a thread count lower than 16 ... which is almost always the case ..

Example .. if you have a heavy floating point app and it has 6 threads .. the OS will throw them against the first 6 cores of the 16 core CPU .. thus only using 3 FPUs despite the CPU has 8 FPUs available.

0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 11/16/11 05:05:08 PM]


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