Chipmaker AMD announced the availability this week of a new server platform, featuring the world’s first 8- and 12-core x86 processor and tailored to the high-volume data center market.
The AMD Opteron 6000 series platform addresses workload-specific performance issues, power efficiency, and delivers more cores and more memory for less money, according to the Sunnyvale, Calif., company.
“The AMD Opteron 6000 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 center workloads,” Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager of AMD’s server and embedded divisions, said in a statement announcing the launch.
AMD is touting performance increases of up to two times the level of its previous generation of six-core processors, including an 88% increase in integer performance and a 119% increase in floating point performance. In addition it says the chip’s four channels of DDR3 memory deliver a 2.5 times improvement in overall memory bandwidth and have a 50% higher DIMM capacity compared to previous generations.
In its constant rivalry with Intel, AMD appears to be arguing in favor of quantity over individual processor speed. Earlier this month Intel introduced its first six-core server processors, the Xeon 5600 series, which features faster individual processor speeds than the latest AMD offering, but with fewer cores companies will need to evaluate which workhorse can offer the best performance for their needs.
The more powerful servers will make it possible for companies to continue to take advantage of virtualization technologies, where more applications are housed on a single server.
In launching the series, AMD said Acer, the world’s second largest PC maker, would sell Opteron-based servers for the first time. Also, HP, Dell, SGI, and supercomputer maker Cray said they would deploy products with the new 6000 series chips.
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