The recently-announced AMD Opteron server monster with 2,048 cores will likely see the light of day quite soon. Not long ago, we were reporting on AMD’s first foray into server design and manufacturing here. Now it seems like the company is moving very fast.
Although AMD finalized the acquisition of SeaMicro only a few months ago, Andrew Feldman has already presented new AMD-based SeaMicro server products during AFDS
For those who don’t know Mr. Feldman, he’s the former CEO of SeaMicro who now stands as AMD’s corporate vice president and general manager of Data Center Server Solutions Business Unit.
The SeaMicro Opteron server board that we presented here
is going to be the building block of AMD’s new 512-Core ultra-dense 10U server products.
The prototype shows an AMD Opteron processor in a Socket C32, two SODIMM memory slots, and 4 SeaMicro ASICs that power the Freedom Supercomputer Fabric ultra-fast interconnect.
SeaMicro’s Freedom Supercomputer Fabric interconnect offers a huge bandwidth of 1.28 Tb/s.
The new, original server products from AMD will reportedly
enter the market in November this year, and we can only wait and see the impact they will have on Intel’s current reign of the high-profit server market.
Back in the 1999 - 2009 time frame, AMD had complete performance superiority, and even after the 2006 launch of Intel’s Core architecture and the scrapping of Pentium 4, AMD’s Opteron still remained superior due to its fast IMC and HyperTransport interconnect.
Even so, Intel’s money and market clout was able to keep AMD’s server share at a low 25% of the market.
Now, AMD has the opportunity to develop its own servers using really innovative technology, but the raw compute superiority is on Intel's side.