AMD debuts three additions to the Opteron processors: Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processors that deliver up to 18 percent higher performance per watt and up to 18 percent lower platform-level power consumption.
Technology giant and chip maker Advanced Micro Devices announced the
availability of three members of the Six-Core AMD
Opteron processor family that the company said address the rising demand for
balanced systems with increased performance but also greater power efficiency
for cloud computing and Web-serving environments.
The 55W ACP Six-Core AMD
Opteron HE processors are currently shipping for two-, four- and eight-P
systems and are available starting July 13 in new systems from Hewlett-Packard.
Systems from additional OEMs are expected to come to market throughout the
third quarter of 2009, according to AMD. The
processors meet the market demand for highly scalable, power-efficient systems that
are especially well-suited for Web-serving and cloud computing workloads, the
Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager of AMD's
server business, said since the company's initial introduction of multicore
processors for the server market, it's been AMD's
mission to help IT managers reduce data center energy costs without compromising
performance. "These new lower-power Six-Core AMD
Opteron processors feature the highest performance per watt that we have
brought to market, and help drive down power consumption while addressing the
shifting cloud and Web landscape of today's data center," he said. "And with
six cores of compute power and Direct Connect Architecture, these processors
deliver no-compromise performance."
The Opteron, AMD's x86 server processor
line, was the first to implement the AMD64
instruction set architecture (ISA), part of the computer architecture related
to programming such as native data types, memory architecture, and interrupt
and exception handling. Opteron combines two key capabilities in a single
processor: native execution of legacy x86 32-bit applications without speed
penalties and native execution of x86-64 64-bit applications.
"Customers are using HP ProLiant G6 server solutions, which offer up to 45
percent better performance than previous generations, enabling customers to get
more value out of their IT dollar," said HP Vice President of Marketing
for Industry Standard Servers Jim Ganthier. "The combination of HP ProLiant G6
server technology and Six-Core AMD Opteron
HE processors provides customers with powerful and energy-efficient technology
for a superior return on their server investment."
The HE processors are available with the same AMD
Virtualization (AMD-V) technology and AMD-P
technology features and I/O capabilities as the standard power Six-Core AMD
Opteron processors. The new Six-Core AMD
Opteron HE processor offers up to 18 percent lower platform-level power
consumption over the standard wattage version, such as with the AMD
Opteron Model 2435, and it also delivers up to 18 percent better performance per
watt compared with the Quad-Core Opteron processor Model 2376 HE. AMD
is also unveiling two full-featured Six-Core AMD
Opteron SE processors at 2.8GHz for 2-, 4- and 8-P systems.
Alex Yost, vice president of IBM Systems
& Technology Group, said his company is all about innovation and, since
2003, IBM has worked closely with AMD
to innovate with AMD Opteron processors in its
System x and BladeCenter offerings. "IBM
has collaborated with AMD to offer the LS42,
the only scalable blade server in the industry that can grow from two sockets
to four sockets, protecting client investment," he said. "We will also
introduce the new Six-Core AMD Opteron HE
processor in our System x3755 server, including our innovative three-socket
implementation that helps clients save cost and get competitive performance
compared to four-socket servers."