"We are leading the market in terms of quad-four adoption… We won't rest in our position. More than 50 per cent in Europe are quad-core sales, of course these are mostly Intel. But the good news for AMD is that Dell has confidence in the technology it is offering."
Elsewhere, IBM cautiously touted what it considered to be the merits of Opteron including telling the gathered audience of hacks and partners that it found memory output to be 27 per cent higher as well as seeing better power efficiency over Intel's equivalent offering.
IBM system x and Bladecenter vice president Stefan Buerkil said: “I think it will extend our leadership position and IBM is fully supportive of quad-core technology.”
Acer said at the event that it was not really interested in datacentres and that it will instead be focusing its attention on coughing up servers for SMB customers. It said the benefits Opteron offered the firm was in its ability to "future proof" platforms.
Acer product business director John Roberts said:
"Six-month platform changes are not good for the channel, they can cause a big disruption to our customers. The mechanical failures have been much improved with Opteron and we're very happy with what we've seen there. A single management interface, remains common and constant. That way no one needs to go out and reinvest in training."
But by far the most entertaining presentation came from operating system giant Novell, whose representative decided to tear up the script and appeal to the hearts and minds of anyone who cared to listen.
The firm's partner technology manager Lowry Snow told the press that if there was one message we should deliver to all you readers out there then it had to be for us to personally thank AMD "for rejecting mediocrity."
Comparing AMD to individuals in history who had walked away from the status quo, Snow said the firm should be applauded for "looking at the technology landscape and saying it's time to change things."
Perhaps by that point cabin fever had set in. Right now it's impossible to know if history will indeed be kind to AMD. ®
Re: A Bright New Day, Tomorrow?
I do hope you are referring to the x86 platform here? The big boys have been addressing this issue for a LONG time. Probably the best known example is Sun's Niagara chip, an 8 core, 32 thread SPARC proc with 4 memory controllers. This chip rocked on data shoving, multi-threaded applications such as web serving. A significant reason for this is the large memory bandwidth.
Anyway, my point isn't to start a SPARC vs. x86 war - they are two different worlds. I just wanted to point out that this problem really has been dealt with a long time ago, with a pretty good degree of success.
I am confused about the whole fbdimm thing they supposedly have some benefit of use but from the comments I have read almost everywhere they seem to be hot and expensive there is no way in hell either of those is good for a server they are price sensitive as hell and thermal loading is a big problem maybe AMD is not such a long shot.
Thanks for posting. I'm aware of the NUMA configurations and the AMD performance from recent postings on, IIRC, a Beowulf mailing list. Candidly my conflict arises from a need to develop on a platform that is accessible to others, who for lack of a better word, might be described as multimedia 'enthusiasts', who, I see, as much akin to gamers. Even if I were to look at a workstation box I still don't like what I see on the market today. Lastly, having come up from 286 boxes, I'm gun shy of implementing relatively, expensive hardware solutions to bottlenecks such as those exemplified by the history of the PC bus, the more so when there's no apparent, widely held consensus. I guess this is where the 'bleeding' part of being on the 'bleeding edge' comes in. Thanks again.