1AMD Makes Heterogeneous Computing Pitch to Developers
by Jeffrey Burt
2AMD Makes Its Pitch to Developers
At the center of AMD’s three-day Developer Summit was its heterogeneous computing strategy, which not only consists of integrating the CPU and GPU onto the same silicon, but also workloads to move easily between the two.
3Getting Ready for Kaveri
Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s global business units, announces that the company’s Kaveri PC APU will start shipping to OEMs this year, with systems powered by the chip hitting the market in early 2014.
4Setting the Software Table for Server APUs
AMD is scheduled to launch its “Berlin” APU—for low-power servers in dense environments—in the first half of 2014. At the Developer Summit, AMD Corporate Fellow Phil Rogers announces software development tools aimed at encouraging programmers to write code for heterogeneous computing platforms.
5HP Brings AMD Chips to Moonshot Servers
Gary Campbell, infrastructure technology strategy CTO for HP, shows off a Moonshot server module powered by AMD chips that will begin shipping next year. HP’s first energy-efficient dense server cartridges were armed with Intel Atom chips, but AMD- and ARM-based systems will start appearing in 2014.
6ARM and Heterogeneous Computing
ARM CTO Mike Muller says there is a lot of excitement and innovation around the heterogeneous computing, and that will all continue with the growing interest in trends from wearable devices to cloud servers to the Internet of things.
7HP Looks to Make a Push With Moonshot
According to HP’s Campbell, HP’s Moonshot servers are a tenth the cost of traditional rack servers, and use about one-tenth the power, cooling and space of the rack systems.
8AMD Leverages SeaMicro in Data Centers
AMD bought SeaMicro and its microserver business last year for $334 million to help it gain greater traction in cloud computing environments and hyperscale data centers. Verizon announced in October that SeaMicro’s SM15000 server and Freedom Fabric are the foundation for its new public cloud.
9When It Rains, It Looks Pretty Good
Fabric Engine officials demonstrate software simulating raindrops falling on water running on a system powered by AMD’s Kaveri APU.
10Heterogeneous Computing and a Molecule
To show off the power of heterogeneous computing, AMD demonstrates a computer model of a molecule running on a Kaveri-powered PC, leveraging the improved graphics capabilities.
11Living in a Virtual Reality
Oculus VR lets event attendees try out its immersive virtual reality technology. The company earlier this year released a development kit and sometime next year will launch its high-definition product. The company is working with AMD, Intel and others to improve the latency capabilities in their platforms.
12Dell Helps Push Heterogeneous Computing
Dell demonstrates its Precision Performance Manager software, which runs on a range of its workstations.