AMD releases new server platform

AMD releases new server platform

Chipmaker promises power efficiency and more memory at a lower cost with new eight-and 12-core processors

AMD has revealed its new server platform containing the world’s first eight- and 12-core x86 processors.

The Opteron 6000 series platform touts power efficiency, workload-specific performance and more memory for less cash. The new series also claims to offer a 119 per cent increase in performance and 33 per cent more memory channels per processor than other competitive two-socket solutions. It will also cover both two- and four-socket platforms simultaneously.

“It will be one processor that can be used in either a two- or four-socket system – you won’t have to worry about using different features across those two series. In fact, customers will also be able to buy these processors at the same price,” newly appointed AMD country manager, Brian Slattery, said.

The chipmaker also slapped the same price on four-socket capable processors as two-socket capable processors.

The 6000 series aims to address customers that need the most robust performance out of two-socket servers. Later this year, AMD will also launch the 4000 series that aimed at cloud computing, more infrastructure, low cost and power users.

“We’re now doing many interesting things,” Slattery said. “More cores, more memory for a lower cost. We’re also looking to make four-processor servers more accessible to the market.”

Slattery said AMD was working closely with their local server builders like Digicor and Xenon to develop servers that best fit the Australian market.

The eight- or 12-core processors support to four channels of DDR3 memory, or up to 12 DIMMs per socket.

“You’re going to see very robust memory configurations that we haven’t seen before,” he added.

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