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Cray previews XT6 Opteron nodes

The SC09 supercomputing trade show finished up late last week, but El Reg still has a bunch of things to tell you about. One of them is a preview of the Opteron blade server for the upcoming high-end XT6 and midrange XT6m supercomputers from Cray. Like all of the progeny of the Red Storm supercomputer that Cray built for Sandia …
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Cray sells Opteron-Linux super to Swiss boffins

The Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) in Lugano has coughed up some serious Swiss francs to buy a Cray 141.6 teraflops XT5 system, dubbed Monte Rosa. The deal comes in part from the fact that Thomas Schulthess, director of CSCS and a professor of physics at ETH Zurich, took over the lab after a stint at Oak Ridge …
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Opteron hero Newisys goes titsup

The start-up that ignited the Opteron revolution has collapsed. One-time server darling Newisys is officially closing up shop. Its parent company Sanmina SCI this month told the Texas Workforce Commission that 87 Newisys staff will be let go as the company winds down. Newisys, based in Austin, has been part of Sanmina since …
Ashlee Vance, 26 May 2007
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IBM drops Istanbuls into big Opteron box

Big Blue has begun certifying Advanced Micro Devices' six-core Istanbul Opteron processors for its System x product line, and on Tuesday announced support for the processor in its fattest Opteron box, the System x3755. The x3755 is a four-socket, rack-mounted server that comes in a 4U chassis, and was just updated in March with …

Canonical adds ARM servers to Landscape control freak

Commercial Linux distributor Canonical is jumping out ahead of the pack again, and has updated its Landscape management tool for its Ubuntu Server distribution so it can manage instances of Linux running on ARM-based systems as well as the X86 iron it already supports. With Landscape support, Canonical is getting into position …
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AMD slashes Opteron prices

AMD yesterday quietly reduced the prices across its 64-bit Opteron range, cutting what it charges for its workstation and server-oriented CPUs by up to 43 per cent. The move came alongside the company's higher-profile launch of its first low-power Mobile Athlon 64 chips, the 2700+ and 2800+. ® AMD Opteron Price Cuts Processor …
Tony Smith, 07 May 2004

AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

AMD today sheds more light on its "Seattle" 64-bit ARM architecture processor at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California. Take one glance at this new Opteron A1100-series system-on-chip, and you'll realize it's aimed squarely at servers rather than the traditional ARM scene of handheld gadgets and embedded computing – …
Chris Williams, 11 Aug 2014

Fujitsu and friends arm four-core Opteron servers

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) is the latest hardware vendor to punt servers loaded with AMD’s four-core Opteron processor chip, which finally hit the channel – following months of production delays – last week. The firm said today that the quad job is available in its Primergy RX330 S1, BX630 S2 blade servers and its entry- …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2008
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Sun gives servers an Opteron quad job

Sun has been sluggish to release servers based on AMD's four-core Opteron processors, but today it got around to the quad job. The vendor is releasing three new servers with the latest Opterons, and also fitting the chips into five systems previously announced. Sun trails a gaggle of major server vendors like Fujitsu, Hewlett- …
Austin Modine, 13 May 2008

AMD's Opteron goes to 3.2GHz

AMD is trying to breath new life into its dual-core Opteron by upping the chip to 3.2GHz just weeks before Barcelona rolls on store shelves. AMD announced today the pricing and availability to its Opteron 2000 and 8000 series x86 chips, both in a mainstream and high performance flavor. The top-end models 8224 SE and 2224 SE …
Austin Modine, 06 Aug 2007

HPC kids: Give us your power-sipping, your data-nomming, your core laden clusters

Let’s look at what the teams were running at the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition. This year, we had perhaps the widest variety of systems in terms of size, and also an entirely new configuration that we hadn’t seen in any competition to date. The Mass Green team, with students from MIT, Bentley University, and Northeastern …

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 …
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World's first petaflops super dumped on scrap heap

Roadrunner, the first supercomputer to break through the petaflops barrier and the first capability-class machine to demonstrate the viability of using specialized coprocessors in conjunction with processors, is having its plug pulled at Los Alamos National Laboratory. It's time to hack in and play Crysis while you still can. …
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AMD revs Opterons up to 6300 for fat x86 servers

Customers using big ol' fat x86 servers didn't have much to jump for joy about this year. There just isn't a lot going on. But to make things interesting, AMD is now goosing the performance of its top-end parts with the launch of its "Abu Dhabi" Opteron 6300s, which sport the "Piledriver" cores that already debuted in the FX …

Amazon cloud erupts in Intel BRANDGASM

Amazon has fessed up about the types of Intel chips it has in its cloud, pulling back the curtain on its hitherto dark infrastructure underlay.  The deal was announced on Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, and sees Amazon give more detail than ever before on the processors that sit inside its cloud, with an …
Jack Clark, 10 Sep 2013

AMD grows very own Opteron chipsets

Advanced Micro Devices has delivered its first server chipsets derived from its acquisition of ATI Technologies. The Fiorano platform that launches today will have three different chipsets, not the one pairing of the I/O hub and southbridge that we had been lead to expect when AMD sped up its Opteron chip roll out in April, just …
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AMD tries to kickstart ARM-for-servers ecosystem

AMD today rolled the dice on a risky proposition: enthusiasm for ARM-powered servers in the data center. The announcement fleshes out what the vendor outlined last June. It's an idea that looks high-risk from several angles: the number of server vendors in the word has just shrunk again with Big Blue exiting the x86 server …

Battered AMD guns Opteron to 3.0GHz

AMD threatened a coupled of weeks back to crank its dual-core Opteron up to 3GHz. This week, the company delivered on that threat. AMD has officially released the Opteron Model 2222 and 8222 SE chips – the highest performing and most expensive versions of the Opteron server chip family. We say "officially" because AMD did brag …
Ashlee Vance, 24 Apr 2007

AMD+friends forge 'Roadrunner' Open Compute server mobo

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 …
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Red Hat: We do clouds at one third the cost of VMware

The annual Red Hat Summit is underway in Boston this week, and the cloud is at the center of everything that Shadowman is doing these days. Like everyone else peddling IT products, Red Hat is hoping to catch its next wave of growth from the move to clouds, but as we all know, there will be more losers than winners in this next …

AMD's Opteron goes to 3.2GHz

AMD is trying to breath new life into its dual-core Opteron by upping the chip to 3.2GHz just weeks before Barcelona rolls on store shelves. AMD announced today the pricing and availability to its Opteron 2000 and 8000 series x86 chips, both in a mainstream and high performance flavor. The top-end models 8224 SE and 2224 SE now …
Austin Modine, 07 Aug 2007
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Nimble Gateway learns of the Opteron processor

Bumbling hardware maker Gateway has finally caught on to this Opteron thing. The company today announced three, new Opteron-based servers. It's safe to say that branding is not Gateway's strong suit. Customers will now see the 1U E-9422R, the 2U E-9522R and the 3U E-9722R. If you find the E-9622R somewhere, let us know. The …
Ashlee Vance, 07 Nov 2006

IBM gives Cluster 1350 an Opteron nudge

IBM has regussied the System Cluster 1350 with some new servers just ahead of the International Supercomputer conference in Dresden. The ins and outs of the hardware upgrade follow along familiar lines. IBM has made its latest and greatest x86-based machines available for the pre-packaged 1350. For example, customers will find …
Ashlee Vance, 25 Jun 2007
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AMD gooses the clocks on 'Bulldozer' Opterons

Chip giant Intel has hogged all of the headlines lately in the server racket lately, and Advanced Micro Devices this morning is trying to get a word in edge-wise with some clock speed bumps on its "Bulldozer" family of processors for server with one, two, or four sockets. Don't get too excited, though. This is not a rev on the …
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AMD halves Opteron 848 prices

AMD today slashed prices across its multi-way Opteron processor families, ahead of an anticipated announcement from Intel that it will bring 64-bit computing to the x86 server market. The move also follows the launch of low-power, blade server-oriented versions of all three Opteron families. AMD focused its cuts on the Opteron …
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2004
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Iran's nuke boffins prefer Opteron baby supers

So what technology does Iran's Aerospace Research Institute use to help it develop rockets that will presumably be used to give it the capability to launch nuclear weapons? Why, the same exact technology that boffins the world over have chosen to do their sometimes nefarious research, of course. Last December, according to a …
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AMD ships dual-core Opteron 165

AMD has begun shipping dual-core Opteron 1xx series processors to the embedded market, the chip maker said yesterday. AMD has shipped dual-core Opteron 2xx and 8xx chips for two- and four-way servers, but has yet to offer a version of its Opteron 1xx family, aimed at uni-processor servers and workstations. Earlier this week, …
Tony Smith, 05 Aug 2005

AMD to get dense about servers – but in a good way

Maybe SeaMicro, the upstart maker of low-power microservers that dragged Intel kicking and screaming into the market, should have bought AMD instead of the other way around. Or maybe after the AMD transformation is all done some years hence, it will look like that is what happened anyway so the difference will be moot. There's …

AMD said to hire JPMorgan Chase to explore its options

Well, that didn't take very long. Reuters reports that chipmaker AMD is doing the old "exploring its options" routine, and has hired investment bankers at JP Morgan Chase to help it do that exploring. According to the report – which cites the usual "sources familiar with the situation," and in fact says it has three different …

Researchers find not all EC2 instances are created equal

Researchers from Deutsch Telekom Laboratories and Finland's Aalto University have claimed it is possible to detect the CPUs of servers powering at Amazon Web Services' (AWS') Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and that the fact the cloudy giant uses different kit in different places means users can select more powerful servers at the …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2012
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DRC unleashes Opteron super booster

One-time FPGA wunderkind DRC Computer has taken its sweet time bringing product to market. The start-up just this week released a proper production version of its Opteron-socket ready FGPA, although the hardware remains aimed at yesteryear's Opteron-based servers. We first wrote about DRC more than a year ago, touting its FPGA …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Jul 2007

AMD slips modest speed bump into 'Abu Dhabi' Opterons

Abu Dhabi, the Middle Eastern country that created the investment vehicle that bought the foundry business from AMD, is likely a bigger deal to the future of the chip maker than the forthcoming "Abu Dhabi" Opteron processors, especially if you look at those CPUs' clock speeds. Not that AMD made any promises of big clock-speed …

Supermicro begins 'Ask, Don't Tell' Opteron drive

AMD has dragged supplier Supermicro kicking and screaming out of the Opteron processor closet. The chip maker today put out a press release on Supermicro's behalf, announcing that three suppliers have picked up Supermicro's AMD-based gear. Long an Intel-only shop, Supermicro remains shy about its Opteron ambitions. So it took …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Oct 2005

AMD readies second-generation quad-core Opteron

AMD will release 'Shanghai', an "enhanced" version of its recently demo'd 'Barcelona' quad-core Opteron processor family, early on in 2008, the chip maker revealed yesterday when it published a server roadmap that was also notable for the absence of FB-DIMM technology and, indeed, DDR 3. At least in public, AMD reckons DDR 2 …
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2006

AMD announces 'world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU'

AMD has announced what it dubs "the world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU," the FX-9590. "The new FX 5GHz processor is an emphatic performance statement to the most demanding gamers seeking ultra-high resolution experiences including AMD Eyefinity technology," wrote AMD client-products headman Bernd Lienhard in a …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2013
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AMD pulls forward six-shooter Opteron cannon

AMD is picking up the pace for its six-core, Istanbul family of Opteron processors, saying it will ship the chips to paying customers in May with server OEM partners shipping in June. That brings the Istanbul chips ahead by several months and gives AMD a chance to leapfrog Intel in the two-socket server space, where Intel has …
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Fresh Xeon to rough up twittering Opteron

Intel has given up on anything resembling restraint with its latest round of AMD bashing. During the Intel Developer Forum, executives pounded away on AMD's new four-core Opteron (Barcelona) chip. Intel plans to beat Barcelona on every benchmark with the release of its four-core Xeon (Harpertown) in the fourth quarter. And by " …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Sep 2007
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IBM pushes out Opteron-based servers

Big Blue will release three rack servers next month that will come loaded with AMD’s long-awaited quad-core processor. IBM’s x3455, a two-socket system with up to 48GB of memory, will retail at $1,809 in the US. It's intended for customers who use scientific, technical and financial apps. The next model in the series – x3655 – …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2008
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Opteron darling Newisys lives!

Newisys, while much thinner, continues to march on, contrary to recent reports. Last month, the onetime Opteron server darling notified Texas regulators that it would fire 87 workers and endure a "plant closing." Now, however, Newisys officials say the "plant closing" language was a regulatory formality. The company isn't …
Ashlee Vance, 20 Jun 2007

AMD touts LRDIMM memory for x86 servers

It looks like Advanced Micro Devices is first to market with support for load reduced DIMM DDR3 main memory for x86 and quite possibly all kinds of servers, and is trotting out Inphi, the maker of the isolation memory buffer chip that is at the heart of this technology. With LRDIMM memory, you take out the register on a DDR3 …
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AMD trims Opteron prices

AMD quietly cut the prices of its Opteron 1xx 64-bit server processor family yesterday - the company's third round of price adjustments in seven days. The latest cuts affect all but the top-most dual-core and single-core Opteron 1xx chips, the 180 and 152. All the rest, both single- and dual-core, saw their prices reduced by …
Tony Smith, 01 Nov 2005
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Penguin lays an Opteron low-ender

Penguin Computing has dished out its lowest-end Opteron box to date, billing the system as the no frills answer for high performance computing customers. The two-socket Altus 600 runs on 2000 Series Opteron chips from AMD and takes up just 1U of rack space. It boasts up to 64GB of memory, two SATA hard drives, an Nvidia nForce …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Jan 2007

AMD quad-core Opteron will support FB-DIMM

AMD's upcoming 'Barcelona' quad-core Opteron CPU will deliver just "a few percentage points of added performance here and there", a company official has admitted. Instead, many of the tweaks improve the design of the part's architecture, including FB-DIMM support. So claimed Ben Sander, speaking at the Fall Processor Forum in …
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2006
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Petascale powerhouse cracks important HIV code

The Blue Waters petascale computer at the University of Illinois' National Centre for Supercomputing Applications is being credited with cracking part of the code of HIV – and possibly helping point the way to new treatments. Simulations carried out on Blue Waters allowed researchers to determine the precise structure of the HIV …
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Sun NEBS Opteron box

Sun Microsystems has pumped out its first Opteron-based rack server aimed exclusively at the hardened telco crowd. The hardware maker today heralded the release of the Netra X4200 M2 system – a NEBS 3 version of the X4200 M2 server released last October. Give credit to Sun for keeping the naming simple. With the new Netra, you …
Ashlee Vance, 27 Mar 2007
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Fujitsu peddles three-way hybrid super to Nagoya University

Nagoya University is the latest academic institute in Japan to take a slice of the K supercomputer design - and put it on its campus to run applications on a monstrous 10.51 petaflops box. In theory. And in an interesting twist, the new machine is a hybrid Sparc64-Xeon-Xeon Phi cluster that will eventually push up into the …
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Iwill readies 64GB two-way Opteron mobo

Taiwan's Iwill will next month ship an EDA/CAD-oriented workstation motherboard capable of supporting up to 64GB of memory. The DK88 is driven by twin AMD Opteron 2xx series processors. Each connects to a bank of eight DIMM slots designed to hold up to 32GB of ECC-enabled DDR SDRAM. The board sports a PCI Express x16 and x8 …
Tony Smith, 29 Jul 2005

Intel has four-core Opteron stuffer set for August

Intel looks set to blunt AMD's August Barcelona processor release by handing customers a 2.0GHz version of its four-core Clovertown, The Register has learned. Just this morning, AMD announced that in August it will ship customers 1.9GHz low power and 2.0GHz standard editions of Barcelona - a four-core version of the Opteron …
Ashlee Vance, 29 Jun 2007
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AMD unwraps faster Opteron 100, 800 CPUs

AMD rolled out two new Opteron processors, one each for its 100 and 800 series of chips. Both the Opteron 146 and 846 had been widely anticipated. The former is aimed at single-processor systems, the 846 for four- and eight-way machines. Both are clocked at 2GHz, like the Opteron 246 release a month or so back. The Opteron 200 …
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2003
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Prince Opteron unloads on AMD, Intel and the future of memory

Fred Weber had the look of a mad man. There he was at some chip conference in 2002, waving sticks of memory around and talking about a new age of server computing. Weber, then CTO at AMD, planned to unleash 64-bits on the x86 realm. Intel claimed this was a horrible idea. Weber's, er, unwavering - sorry - enthusiasm told a …
Ashlee Vance, 08 Feb 2008