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January 17, 2013

AMD launches Open 3.0 platform to address multiple enterprise workloads

Powered by AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors.

By CBR Staff Writer

AMD has launched the AMD Open 3.0 server motherboard, which aims to reduce data centre power consumption and costs, while offering performance and flexibility.

Previously code named Roadrunner, the revamped platform meets the Open Compute Project’s standards, the company said.

The platform is powered by AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors, supported by the standard 19" rack environments and allows a single base product to address multiple enterprise workloads, including high-performance computing, cloud infrastructure and storage.

AMD Server corporate vice president, general manager Suresh Gopalakrishnan said: "Our goal is to reduce data center power consumption and cost yet increase performance and flexibility- we believe that AMD Open 3.0 achieves this."

Open Compute Foundation chairman Frank Frankovsky said: "What’s really exciting for me here is the way the Open Compute Project inspired AMD and specific consumers to collaboratively bring our ‘vanity-free’ design philosophy to a motherboard that suited their exact needs."

The Open 3.0 motherboard is a 16" x 16.7" board that is made for 1U, 1.5U, 2U or 3U rack height servers, features two AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors, each with 12 memory sockets and 6 Serial ATA (SATA) connections per board.

Penguin Computing CEO Charles Wuischpard said: "We think this initiative eliminates unnecessary complexity and provides new levels of supportability and reliability to the modern data center."

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Additionally, the platform has one dual channel gigabit Ethernet NIC with integrated management, four PCI Express expansion slots, a mezzanine connector for custom module solutions, one serial port and two USB ports.


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