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March 29, 2010

AMD introduces new Opteron Series platform

Promises 119% increase in floating point performance

By CBR Staff Writer

AMD has introduced a new server platform for 2P and 4P server market, which it claims to include industry’s only 8- and 12-core server processors performing at up to two times the level of its previous generation 6-core processors, including an 88% increase in integer performance and a 119% increase in floating point performance.

The company claims that the Opteron 6000 Series platform offers 33% more memory channels per processor than competitive 2P offers as well as 50% higher DIMM capacity compared to previous generations, with up to 12 per processor, increasing the available memory overall and improving virtualisation, database and HPC applications.

According to AMD, the Opteron 6000 Series platform features include, enhanced integrated memory controller supporting four channels of DDR3 memory for up to a 2.5x improvement in overall memory bandwidth, 5600 Series chipset with I/O virtualisation capability, HyperTransport 3.0 technology and PCI Express 2.0.

In addition, the new platform features power management features including a C1E power state to conserve energy when idle; the advanced platform management Link allowing APML-enabled platforms to be remotely monitored for power and cooling; and CoolSpeed technology that automatically reduces p-states if a specified temperature limit is exceeded.

The new Opteron platform is chipset- and socket- compatible between 2P and 4P and will be compatible with the planned processors based on the next-generation AMD server processor core, code-named ‘Bulldozer’. HP, Dell, Acer Group, Cray, and SGI are introducing new systems based on this platform, AMD said.

Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager for server and embedded divisions at AMD, said: “As AMD has done before, we are again redefining the server market based on current customer requirements. The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform signals a new era of server value, significantly disrupts today’s server economics and provides the performance-per-watt, value and consistency customers demand for their real-world data centre workloads.”

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