AMD Unveils Server Strategy and Roadmap

AMD Adds Berlin, Seattle and Warsaw Processors into Roadmap

by Anton Shilov
06/18/2013 | 08:15 PM

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday publicly disclosed its strategy and roadmap to recapture market share in enterprise and data center servers by unveiling products that address key technologies and meet the requirements of the fastest-growing data center and cloud computing workloads.


AMD revealed details of its 2014 server portfolio including accelerated processing units (APUs), two- and four-socket CPUs, and details on what it expects to be the industry’s premier ARM server processor. These forthcoming AMD Opteron processors bring important innovations to the rapidly changing compute market, including integrated CPU and GPU compute (APU); high core-count ARM servers for high-density compute in the data center; and substantial improvements in compute per-watt per-dollar and total cost of ownership.

“Our strategy is to differentiate ourselves by using our unique IP to build server processors that are particularly well matched to a target workload and thereby drive down the total cost of owning servers. This strategy unfolds across both the enterprise and data centers and includes leveraging our graphics processing capabilities and embracing both x86 and ARM instruction sets. AMD led the world in the transition to multicore processors and 64-bit computing, and we intend to do it again with our next-generation AMD Opteron families,” said Andrew Feldman, general manager of the server business unit at AMD.

In 2014, AMD will introduce its first higly power-efficient server microprocessors with the industry’s premier ARM server central processing unit. The 64-bit CPU, code named Seattle, is based on ARM Cortex-A57 cores and is expected to provide category-leading throughput. Seattle is an 8- and then 16-core CPU based on the ARM Cortex-A57 core and is expected to run at or greater than 2GHz.  The Seattle processor is expected to offer 2-4 times the performance of AMD’s recently announced AMD Opteron X-Series processor with significant improvement in compute-per-watt. It will deliver 128GB RAM support, extensive offload engines for better power efficiency and reduced CPU loading, server caliber encryption, and compression and legacy networking including integrated 10GbE. It will be the first processor from AMD to integrate AMD’s advanced Freedom Fabric for dense compute systems directly onto the chip. AMD plans to sample Seattle in the first quarter of 2014 with production in the second half of the year.

Also next year, AMD intends to deliver its first high-performance accelerated processing unit for severs code-named Berlin. Berlin is an x86-based processor that will be available both as a CPU and APU. The processor boasts four next-generation “Steamroller” cores and will offer almost 8 times the gigaflops per-watt compared to current AMD Opteron 6386SE processor thanks to integrated Radeon HD streaming processors. It will be the first server APU built on AMD’s heterogeneous system architecture (HSA), which enables uniform memory access for the CPU and GPU and makes programming as easy as C++. Berlin will offer extraordinary compute capabilities per-watt that enables massive rack density. It is expected to be available in the first half of 2014.

The third processor announced today is code named Warsaw, AMD’s next-generation 2P/4P offering. Warsaw is projected to provide significantly improved performance-per-watt over today’s AMD Opteron 6300 family even despite of the fact that it has the same Piledriver cores. Warsaw is a fully compatible socket with identical software certifications as its predecessors, making it ideal for the AMD Open 3.0 server. Unfortunately, Warsaw will not bring any new capabilities either on the processor or on the system architecture level. It is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2014.