AMD is introducing the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor, and the company says this is the world’s most advanced x86 processor ever designed and manufactured and the first native x86 quad-core microprocessor.
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers from global OEMs and system builders can possibly deliver breakthrough capabilities to customers in a time of dramatically escalating performance-per-watt emphasis.
The Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture introduce innovations that go beyond four x86 processing cores on a single die of silicon including energy efficiency with a 50 percent increase in integer and floating-point performance
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based systems from global OEM and system-builder partners begin shipping this month and are expected to increase in number through the remainder of the year. AMD Phenom processor solutions, which will leverage many of the same benefits of this innovative, next-generation architecture, are expected to be available for the desktop market in December. Due in part to the industry’s most stable x86 server platform, more than 50 socket compatible Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-ready system choices are on the market today from tier one OEMs, all of whom are publicly supporting today’s introduction.
Sun Microsystems for instance already announced the Sun Blade X8440 Server Module, the first blade server designed for Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. Sun also previewed a next-generation four-socket, 2U quad-core server that will be available by the end of the year, powered by Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors.
Systems based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are also being announced today by a host of other manufacturers, including Appro, Egenera, Gateway, Rackable Systems, Supermicro and Verari.
The company also introduced the Average CPU Power (ACP) metric, which represents processor power usage, including cores, integrated memory controller, and HyperTransport technology links, while running a suite of typical and relevant commercially useful high utilisation workloads to be more indicative of the power consumption that end-users can expect. ACP is a useful metric for data centre operators when estimating power budgets to size their datacenters.
AMD is introducing Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors today at the 55- and 75-watt ACP.
Those Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture also operate well, in virtualised environments, claims the company, because of the integrated memory controller and Rapid Virtualisation Indexing, a new feature in AMD Virtualization technology designed to reduce the overhead associated with software virtualisation.
Rapid Virtualisation Indexing takes functionality that was previously performed in software and greatly accelerates it by performing those functions within the CPU to help enable near-real time application performance.
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors maintain compatibility with the socket and thermal envelopes of Second-Generation AMD Opteron processors to enable a seamless customer upgrade path. AMD’s common core strategy empowers customers to scale with one AMD architecture to reduce platform management complexity and increase datacenter uptime and productivity.