Articles about Advanced Micro Devices

Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

A legal firm has launched a class action against Apple over claims the 2011 MacBook Pro suffered from "random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability and system failures". In the legal complaint, the plaintiffs said the "computer was described by many as a dud and defective from inception". The laptops in question …
Jasper Hamill, 29 Oct 2014

It's the games, STUPID: Sony makes 'about $18' on each PlayStation 4

According to a teardown report from analyst IHS, Sony is making just $18 on each Playstation 4. This may not sound like much, but it marks a massive improvement from the days in which the Japanese firm made huge losses on the sale of games consoles. According to the report, each Playstation 4 costs Sony about $381 to …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Nov 2013

AMD avoids a red-ink-stained quarter for once, market says 'meh'

Perennial chip challenger Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has posted a profit for the third quarter of 2013, a turnaround that has failed to excite investors. The good news is that AMD hauled $US1.46bn through the door during the quarter, which means it was in the black by $95m, or 0.06 per share, according to generally-accepted …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013
ARM versus Atom

Intel's Avoton Atoms give microservers muscle – and Xeon-class features

With the launch of the "Avoton" Atom C2000 server chips, Intel is putting its second-generation of 64-bit, server-class Atom processors into the field - and what is arguably the first such Atom that is truly designed for modern server workloads. The C2000 has enough computing oomph, enough memory capacity, and integrated …
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VMware goes after biz critical apps with vSphere 5.5

VMworld 2013 Server virtualization juggernaut VMware has been talking about the software-defined data center (SSDC) for so long that you have to stop and remember that all of the software that enables this strategy is not actually available. But at VMworld 2013 this week in San Francisco, Virtzilla will be rolling out some major pieces of …

Chip makers shine up wafers and foils for 25th Hot Chips jamboree

It is almost that time of the year again, when the chipheads of the world converge on Stanford University for the 25th Hot Chips symposium and do a little silicon show and tell. A number of shiny new processors are going to be discussed for the first time at the event, which runs from August 25 through 27, which will also have …

Nvidia buys Portland Group for compiler smarts

Graphics chip maker Nvidia has big aspirations to get into computing proper with ARM processors and GPU coprocessors, and its odds in its battle against archrival Intel may have just gotten a lot better now that it has snapped up The Portland Group. The financial terms of the acquisition, which has been completed, were not …
Intel cloud GM Jason Waxman sports shows off an Avoton Atom

Intel lifts veil on future 14nm Xeon, Atom server chips

Intel owns the data center, ­ or at least a large portion of it when it comes to servers - and wants to not only keep it that way. Chipzilla also wants big chunks of the adjacent networking and storage businesses. The company therefore hosted a day-long shindig with press and analysts today, complete with all the top brass …

Chin up, Intel heads - you can still lop legs off ARM's data-centre dash

Analysis A new CEO – Brian Krzanich – and president – Renee James – have taken the helm at chip giant Intel, although they have yet to articulate a grand vision for Chipzilla for the next decade. But it looks like we may be getting some sense of Intel's long-term plans in the data centre at an event that the company is hosting on 22 …
Die shot of AMD's Kabini APU

AMD joins LibreOffice, adds GPU grunt to free software suite

LibreOffice, the open source office suite created by disaffected Oracle developers, has signed up Advanced Micro Devices to the free software cause and plans to add the chip company's GPU acceleration system to the code base. The Document Foundation (TDF), which produces LibreOffice, already has Intel on-side for silicon and …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2013

Google boasts of app tuning prowess on 'warehouse scale clusters'

The hot-shot techies at Google are schooling IT shops once again, and this time the company is discussing some tuning and testing it has done to boost the performance of its applications running on multiprocessor servers with non-uniform memory access (NUMA) clustering to lash together two or four processors together into a …
The four-socket Moonshot server card from HP using the Opteron X chip

AMD chalks up Opteron X design win on HP Moonshot hyperscale system

Hewlett-Packard is making no promises about when it will be delivered, but the company is showing off a multiple-node server cartridge for its "Redstone" Moonshot 1500 chassis using the "Kyoto" Opteron X processor from Advanced Micro Devices. More precisely, Andrew Feldman, general manager of the server business unit at AMD, …

Microsoft opens kimono on Server 2012 R2 at steamy Orleans bash

TechEd Microsoft is hosting its annual TechEd developer and partner conference in a sticky* New Orleans this week, with a coming out party for the refresh of the Windows Server stack due later this year. In the opening keynote on Monday, Redmond will be showing off Windows Server 2012 R2, an update to the flagship server operating …
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China rumored to rule impending Top500 supers list with 50-plus petaflopper

It looks like China is getting ready to scare the wits out of – or maybe some life into – the US and European supercomputing establishments and their sugardaddy governments once again by taking the top slot in the June rankings of the Top500 supercomputers in the world. And this time, it will be with an all-Intel ceepie-phibie …
Four cats wanting to chew on Windows and Linux

AMD takes on Atom S server chips with 'Kyoto' Opteron Xs

Given its full name, Advanced Micro Devices should be dominating in microservers, those densely packed, wimpy-cored machines that are good for all kinds of data center jobs. And with the launch of its "Kyoto" Opteron X processors, AMD is hoping to get the jump on Intel and its Atom S1200 Series chips, also aimed at microservers …
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ODMs and DIYs chomp x86 server racket

If the server market is an indicator of the health – or lack thereof – of the global economy, then we're not quite out of the woods of the Great Recession, despite the exuberance on the global stock markets. According to the box counters at Gartner, server revenue worldwide were down 5 points to $11.83bn in the first quarter …
SoftLayer's data center

SoftLayer sticks with Super Micro servers, ponders Open Compute

Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are in a class all by themselves when it comes to the size and scope of their data center infrastructure, but hosting and cloud provider SoftLayer is no slouch, either. The company has created its own control freak and is not about to reflexively jump on the OpenStack or Open …
Dell's FX100 Remote Access Device thin client

HP, Dell stack up back-end iron for XenDesktop 7 virty PCs

Companies whose staffers work from tablets and smartphones don't have to buy Microsoft's Surface tablets or Windows Phones to enable them to use the firm's Windows applications. Businesses can instead slice up a bunch of servers into virtual PCs and stream them out to workers' fondleslabs or smartphones using either VMware …
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

Report: IBM, Lenovo x86 server deal hits the skids

Only late last week, the scuttlebutt was that IBM and Lenovo Group were moving along at a rapid pace so Big Blue could offload all or part of its System x x86 server business to the Chinese builder. Now, the latest word is that the deal has stalled as the two companies are haggling about the price. The first rumors about a …
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

Lenovo deal to buy IBM x86 server biz moving along fast

It is becoming increasingly clear that IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is annoyed with the performance of the company's systems business. Annoyed enough to spin off all or part of its System x server business to China's Lenovo Group, according to rumors that surfaced last week. The US channel trade rag CRN broke the story of an …

IBM selling x86 server business to Lenovo?

There are rumors swirling around, again, that IBM is looking to sell off all or a portion of its x86 server business to Chinese PC maker and server partner Lenovo Group. US channel mag CRN caught wind of something going down between IBM and Lenovo on Thursday and referenced an anonymous source with knowledge of the talks now …
The Gemini Atom S1200 server node leaning on a soccer ball

'Til heftier engines come aboard, HP Moonshot only about clouds

Analysis The HP Moonshot hyperscale servers are not even fully launched, and Intel and Calxeda are already bickering about whose server node is going to be bigger and better when they both ship improved processors for the Moonshot chassis later this year. Other engines will be coming for the Moonshot machines, too, HP execs tell El Reg, …
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Upstart $3bn forex trader dumps Oracle JVM for Azul's Zing

Financial services companies were among the early and enthusiastic adopters of Java - but the jittery Java virtual machines from Oracle and IBM (and others before Oracle ate them) have been a pain for some. Azul Systems is hoping to cash in on that grief among big banks, brokerages, high frequency traders, and others in …

ARM, TSMC tape out 64-bit Cortex-A57 chip on 16 nanometers

ARM looks set to take its high-end PC and sever chip down to 16 nanometers according to the latest tape-out, which should give it a boost against rival Chipzilla. If the ARM collective is to compete against Intel in the server and in whatever might remain of the personal computer, then it is going to have to do more than beef …
A five rack OpenStack cloud controlled by Nebula One

Ex-NASA OpenStackers launch Nebula cloud control freak appliance

Chris Kemp, the former NASA CTO who helped build the wonking Nebula infrastructure cloud for the US space agency and the techie from the NASA side who spearheaded the development of OpenStack along with Rackspace Hosting, knows about as much about control-freaking clouds with OpenStack as anyone else on the planet – and that's …
A rack of Nvidia VCAs

Nvidia gets into the server biz with Visual Computing Appliance

GTC 2013 If you want to virtualize workstations and run them on shared infrastructure, or build a giant renderfarm to make the next blockbuster movie or video game, then Nvidia has a server for you. It's called the Visual Computing Appliance, and as the name suggests, it is aimed at important workloads such as running Crysis, at least …
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell

Fund manager says Dell board has no skin in the buyout game

Southeastern Asset Management (SAM), the largest shareholder of Dell outside of the company's founder, Michael Dell, is complaining about the leveraged buyout deal that was announced a month ago. And the special committee of Dell's board members has fired back, saying that the deal is fair and so is the process that is being …
The KeyStone II family of ARM Cortex-A15 processors

TI fuels up KeyStone II ARM for HP Moonshot hyperscale servers

Hewlett-Packard is putting more ARM server processor options into its next-generation of "Project Moonshot" hyperscale servers - the latest one coming from Texas Instruments, which has been relatively quiet on the server front but plenty active in the ARM chip market at large. In a blog post, Tim Wesselman, senior director of …

IBM skips BladeCenter chassis with Power7+ rollout

Even before IBM launched its Power7+ entry and midrange servers in early February, El Reg told you that it was suspicious, although not yet alarming, that no rumors were going around that Big Blue was working on Power7+ kickers to its PS7XX series of blade servers for its BladeCenter enclosures. Well, it looks like the Power …

Linaro Linux-on-ARM effort sets sights on network gear

The non-profit Linaro software engineering effort , established two summers ago to whip the Linux kernel and add-ons to create the Linux platform for mobile devices, is setting its sights on myriad networking devices. The proliferation of and tinkering with ARM processor designs is what makes for powerful technology, just like …

Scottish uni slams on the Accelerator to boost UK boffinry

The boffins who run two big supercomputers on behalf of the UK government and academic research institutions - as well as one smaller machine aimed at industrial users - have converted those machines into an HPC utility called Accelerator. And they want you to buy core-hours on their machines instead of wasting your money …
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Big Blue takes the fight to Xeons with Power7+ entry, midrange servers

The dateline for the Power7+ entry and midrange server launch says "Johannesburg, South Africa", and not just because Rod Adkins, general manager of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, is there meeting with about a hundred local CIOs. Big Blue also wanted to emphasize that its Power Systems business is doing better against X86 …
The Eurora supercomputer built by Eurotech and Nvidia

Italian 'Eurora' supercomputer pushes the green envelope

The "Eurora" supercomputer that was just fired up in Italy may not be large, but it has taken the lead in energy efficiency over designs from big HPC vendors like Cray and IBM. The new machine was built by Eurotech, a server maker with HPC expertise that is based on Amaro, Italy, in conjunction with graphics chip and GPU …
IBM's System zEC12 mainframe

IBM continues to squeeze blue blood from IT stones

As has been the case for so many quarters that it has become normal, IBM has managed to boost its profits even as its revenues were down a smidgen in the fourth quarter ended in December. Sales across IBM's vast portfolio of IT hard and softwares was off six-tenths of a point, to $29.3bn. But thanks to Big Blue's constant …
The mechanical drawing of the Dragonstone server

Facebook rolls out new web and database server designs

Open Compute 2013 Facebook, the company behind the founding of the Open Compute Project that is opening server, storage, rack, and data center designs, gave a sneak peek this week at some new models that it is working on and could donate to the OCP cause. At the Open Compute Summit in Santa Clara this week, Frank Frankovsky,vice president of …
An X-Gene ARM microserver that plugs into the Group Hug backplane

Applied Micro ARM servers all over Open Compute Project

Open Compute 2013 ARM server chip upstart Applied Micro Circuits was all over the Open Compute Summit hosted by Facebook and its server and data center designing friends in Santa Clara, with several partners flashing devices based on Applied Micro's forthcoming 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based processor. Company president and CEO Paramesh Gopi also gave a …
The Group Hug microserver backplane from Open Compute

Facebook friends bash servers, storage, and racks into bits

Open Compute 2013 When you are the company the size of Facebook, you get to dictate the terms of your server acquisitions to your vendors, and a year and a half ago, the social network did a remarkable and unselfish thing and opened up the hardware specs for its first data center and the servers that were built to run in them as the Open Compute …

AMD+friends forge 'Roadrunner' Open Compute server mobo

Open Compute 2013 Struggling server processor and chipset maker Advanced Micro Devices is getting some friendly help from the Open Compute Project, the open-source hardware effort started by Facebook in April 2011. Or, conversely, AMD is being friendly with the Open Compute Project to try to boost sales of its latest Opteron 6300s now that the …
IBM's Power 770+ server

IBM grafts old AIX 5.3 onto shiny new Power7+ servers

Big Blue stopped selling the venerable AIX 5.3 release of its Unix operating system nearly two years ago and pulled the plug on normal support nearly a year ago, but it lives on atop the new Power7+ servers that the company launched as 2012 came to a close. AIX 5.3, which was probably the most popular release of AIX in the …

AMD taps gamer and ex-Nvidia exec to run its channel

Chip-maker Advanced Micro Devices continues to rejigger its executive team to reflect changes it is making in its business to attack new markets and get its channel partners peddling current and future products. On Monday, the company said in a statement that it had tapped Roy Taylor to head up its global channel sales. …
Diane Bryant, GM of Intel, holds an Atom S1200

Intel launches Atom S Series at servers

As expected, Intel is closing out the year in the server arena with the launch of its "Centerton" Atom S Series processor, what the company's top brass is billing as the first Atom-based processor aimed at servers. The Atom S1200, as the first generation is known, is also the foundation from which Intel will build a bulwark …

Red Hat marries RHEV 3.1 hypervisor to Gluster storage

Red Hat rules Linux and has its fifth of the server racket, and it wants to rule clouds and get more than that share. In fact, Red Hat needs to do that if it hopes to compete against Microsoft and VMware and remain relevant in the data center and the public cloud alike. To that end, Red Hat has put out updates to its KVM-based …

Red Hat pushes out RHEL 6.4 beta

A day ahead of a set of announcements around optimizing IT operations that is scheduled for Wednesday, commercial Linux distributor Red Hat is rolling out the beta for its Enterprise Linux 6.X distro for servers and workstations. The RHEL 6.4 beta previews what is coming in the next point release of the current branch of …
Applied Micro CEO Paramesh Gopi

Applied Micro shows off X-Gene ARM server prototypes

Applied Micro Circuits is not yet shipping its first X-Gene ARM-based processor aimed at servers, and it is going to be a while yet before it can get the processors into the field. But because there is so much at stake, Applied Micro can't afford to be left out of any conversations about ARM Holding's attack on the data center. …
The Beast Master with Kodo and Podo

HP ProLiant SL270s Gen8 beast masters eight coprocessors

If you have decided that you want to build a grunting number-cruncher that crams a hefty number of Tesla or Xeon Phi coprocessors into a single chassis, then Hewlett-Packard wants to talk to you about the new ProLiant SL270s Gen8 server. The new SL270s Gen8 slides into the SL6500 "scalable system" modular chassis, which makes …
The XC30 supercomputer, formerly known as Cascade

Cray scales to over 100 petaflops with 'Cascade' XC30 behemoth

Hot on the heels of the delivery of the 20-plus petaflops "Titan" CPU-GPU hybrid supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory last week, Cray has launched what is unquestionably a much better machine, the long-awaited "Cascade" system developed in conjunction with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and sporting …

AMD, Samsung must be ARMed to the teeth to oust Intel servers

Analysis Let's start with the obvious. Everyone is spoiling for a fight to end Intel's hegemony in the server processor racket. But two decades ago we backed Intel to oust that arena's ruling silicon families kicking - and the chip giant successfully invaded servers around the world. The question we now face is this: can ARM do to Intel …
Oracle's John Fowler

Oracle rolls up and rolls out Solaris 11.1 update

As promised back at the OpenWorld shindig earlier in the month, Oracle has put the first update to its Solaris 11 Unix into the field. And no, it is not trying to ride on the wave of news relating to Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system for laptops, desktops, and tablets. Solaris 11, which debuted a year ago, was the first …
Super Micro's 4-node FatTwin server

Super Micro bends metal for Super Hadooper data munchers

King of the whiteboxers Super Micro, which is also one of the dominant suppliers of raw system components to other whiteboxers, has launched a line of clusters preconfigured to run the Hadoop big data muncher at the same time that it has reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 ended in September. …

Big deals push Mellanox sales and profits in Q3

In the quarter ended in September, Mellanox posted sales of $156.5m, more than double that of year ago period, and the $48.4m in net income the company raked in was ten times--as in 10X--that of the black ink it had in the third quarter of 2011, when the Xeon E5s were expected but did not come out. The InfiniBand and Ethernet …