AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor, Designed for the Demanding Datacenter
Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) Processors Deliver Breakthrough Performance-Per-Watt
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor, the world's most advanced x86 processor ever designed and manufactured and the first native x86 quad-core microprocessor. Designed from inception for the most demanding datacenters, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers from global OEMs and system builders can deliver breakthrough capabilities to customers in a time of dramatically escalating performance-per-watt emphasis.
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with AMD's revolutionary Direct Connect Architecture introduce innovations that go beyond four x86 processing cores on a single die of silicon. Critical considerations for today's most challenging business requirements inspired Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor innovations: energy efficiency with a 50 percent increase in integer and floating-point performance,(1) enhanced virtualization performance, and investment protection via a customer-centric approach enabling non-disruptive transitions from dual- to quad-core within the same power and thermal envelopes to help keep infrastructure costs down.
"Today marks one of the great milestones in microprocessor achievement as AMD again raises expectations for industry-standard computing," said Hector Ruiz, chairman and chief executive officer, AMD. "We've worked closely with our customers and partners to design a new generation of processing solutions embodied by today's Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor - a four-way winner in performance, energy efficiency, virtualization and investment protection. Early customer response has been extremely positive."
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(TM) 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.
"Today more customers choose ProLiant for their AMD processor-based server blades than any other vendor by a factor of more than 2 to 1. HP offers customers a broad portfolio built on innovative designs to address customer needs in the areas of power, virtualization and cost," said Paul Miller, vice president, marketing, enterprise storage and servers, HP. "With today's launch of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, we can help customers bring new levels of efficiency to their infrastructure as we broaden our AMD Opteron processor-based family of servers."
"Sun is thrilled about the introduction of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. Incorporating Sun's innovative design principles that enable stunning scalability and industry-leading performance-per-watt, our upcoming Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers and workstations will only accelerate the momentum Sun is experiencing in its x64 business," said John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun Microsystems' Systems Group. "With so much pent-up demand for the scalability of native quad-core processing, Sun believes there will be rapid, widespread adoption of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based systems. We applaud AMD for yet another technological breakthrough, and are excited to continue to grow our alliance."
"Dell and AMD share a commitment to delivering industry-leading performance, performance-per-watt, and the most energy-efficient product designs to help our customers focus on driving their business forward," said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. "Dell's ability to seamlessly deliver the benefits of AMD's Dual Dynamic Power Management technology means our customers can get more today and for future growth in the AMD processor-powered Dell PowerEdge 2970 and Energy Smart 2970."
"IBM was the first global OEM to support AMD Opteron processors in 2003. Today our relationship is delivering powerful and energy-efficient business performance computing solutions" said James Gargan, vice president, Brand Management System x & BladeCenter, IBM. "Our x86 systems feature IBM's X-Architecture innovation, such as Xcelerated Memory Technology, to help optimize Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor capabilities for peak system performance. We look forward to bringing new products to market with AMD later this year to help strengthen IBM's position as the world's top server vendor(2)."
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.
Additionally, AMD is providing the channel with a tremendous opportunity to be able to offer their customers Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based solutions very soon after launch. AMD Validated Server Program platforms are available today through distribution, empowering channel partners with the opportunity to be early to market with solutions.
AMD introduces Average CPU Power (ACP)
AMD also today introduced the Average CPU Power (ACP) metric, which represents processor power usage, including cores, integrated memory controller, and HyperTransport(TM) technology links, while running a suite of typical and relevant commercially useful high utilization workloads to be more indicative of the power consumption that end-users can expect. ACP is a useful metric for data center operators when estimating power budgets to size their datacenters. AMD will continue to provide thermal design power (TDP) specifications to platform designers in AMD power and thermal datasheets.
AMD is introducing Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors today at the 55- and 75-watt ACP. For system designers, AMD will continue to state its TDP specifications.
New Standard in Energy Efficiency
As datacenters in the U.S. face the potential of doubling their energy consumption by 2011(3) , new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors introduce the world's most energy-efficient x86 architecture, bolstered by a variety of new power-saving technologies, including:
-- AMD CoolCore(TM) Technology, for reducing energy consumption by turning off unused parts of the processor; -- Independent Dynamic Core Technology, an enhancement to AMD PowerNow!(TM) technology, allowing each core to vary its clock frequency depending on the specific performance requirement of the applications it is supporting; and -- Dual Dynamic Power Management (DDPM), which provides an independent power supply to the cores and to the memory controller, allowing the cores and memory controllers to operate on different voltages, determined by usage. DDPM is available in most Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based platforms being introduced today.
"Microsoft and AMD are working together to drive innovation, performance and energy efficiency across the datacenters and development environments," said Bill Laing, general manager of Windows Server Division at Microsoft Corp. "With 64-bit multi-core technology, Direct Connect Architecture and built-in virtualization, AMD Opteron processors continue to provide Microsoft Windows customers with an innovative platform. Looking ahead, we believe Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 running with Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors will provide a compelling development and deployment platform to drive customers' dynamic IT environments."
Optimal Virtualization Performance
Datacenters depend on virtualization software as an essential tool to consolidate server workloads, operate more securely, and enable disaster recovery. Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture excel in virtualized environments because of the integrated memory controller(4) for reduced memory latency, and Rapid Virtualization Indexing, a new AMD innovation in AMD Virtualization(TM) technology designed to reduce the overhead associated with software virtualization. Rapid Virtualization 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.
Continuing the legacy of the AMD Opteron processor family, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors introduce several new ground-breaking technologies enabling impressive results across a suite of benchmarks. Within comparable thermal bands, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors outperform the competition on several industry-standard benchmarks including: SPECfp(R)_rate2006, SPEC(R)int_2006, SPECompM(R)2001Base, STREAM, Fluent and LS-DYNA. For more details on the performance of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, please visit http://www.amd.com/opteronperformance.
Visit AMD on the Web
For more information on the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor including FAQs, development tools, online press kits and other general information, please visit http://multicore.amd.com. Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor pricing can be found at http://www.amd.com/pricing.
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets. AMD is dedicated to driving open innovation, choice and industry growth by delivering superior customer-centric solutions that empower consumers and businesses worldwide. For more information, visit www.amd.com.
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Industry Support Absoft
"The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor is exciting for our customers because it is the first native quad-core solution on a single piece of silicon. Further, the improved I/O, core and cache enhancements allow higher performance while consuming less energy. This is exactly what Absoft Fortran customers want for their HPC clusters and high performance workstations. Absoft has been working with AMD to develop new AMD specific optimizations for its latest Absoft Fortran compilers. These newest optimizations show significant speed increases in several areas and will be available to our customers soon. Absoft is committed to further expanding our relationship with AMD and to continue providing our customers with the highest performance available on AMD based computing systems." -Wood Lotz, President, Absoft Corporation
Advanced Clustering Technologies
"We're very excited to see new technology entering the market that fills the gap for many of our clients who require faster clock speeds as well as high memory bandwidth. This advancement offered by AMD will take many of those clients to the next level not only with regards to density, but with overall cluster efficiency." -Shelly (Matthews) Kelley, Vice President of Sales, Advanced Clustering Technologies
"Angstrom's compute hungry customers are looking forward to deploying the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor. With our patent-pending cooling technology, Angstrom offers 832 cores per rack, setting the mark for high density liquid cooled AMD server solutions." -Lalit Jain, CEO, Angstrom Microsystems
"We are very excited by the performance of our simulation and modeling software on the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor. Innovation based on simulation is a fundamental part of the product design and development process, and our customers require optimized performance on state-of-the-art microprocessor technologies. Our collaboration with AMD allows us to fulfill those expectations, as the performance metrics we've achieve clearly demonstrate." -Jim Cashman, President and CEO, ANYSYS, Inc.
"Appro XtremeServers and workstations powered by AMD Opteron(TM) processors represent a value proposition based on improved performance and memory availability for traditional high-performance computing (HPC) and commercial applications, while adding reliability and flexibility for our end-users with peak performance and outstanding value. Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors improve our server's value proposition through an enhanced cache structure designed to boost performance and increase data and efficiency handling, thereby reducing the latency of accessing main memory, especially for compute-intensive multi-threaded applications. In addition, the architecture drastically improves the memory and I/O latency for HPC customers that are using 64-bit applications, and it helps 32-bit applications run faster as well. In the end, the importance of AMD's native multi-core architecture is vital for computational-intensive business productivity." -John Lee, Vice President of Advanced Technology Solutions Group, Appro
"AMD's native quad-core architecture truly helps maximize the price-performance equation. Arima develops server motherboard and barebone products based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors because of our confidence in the substantial benefit to our customers through improved computation performance, bandwidth and performance-per-watt." -LC Tsai, President, Server Business Unit, Arima
ASA Computers, Inc.
"Selecting the right hardware and software is complex; the wrong choice can be quite expensive. That is why our customers come to us for help in choosing the right components for their web, mail, storage or general purpose servers. It's comforting to know that the innovative engineering of ASA Computers matched with the exceptional performance-per-watt and computing capabilities of Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors can deliver scalable solutions for our customers now and in the future." -Arvind Bhargava, CEO, ASA Computers, Inc.
"The Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor offers significantly improved performance and scalability, as well as performance-per-watt. We are confident of taking full advantage of these benefits and providing high performance server products to our customers with the new platform and dedicated ASUS solution." -Jerry Shen, Vice President, ASUS
"The convergence of server technology and processor performance will add up to enormous opportunities for business in health care in the remote areas, as well as data interchange and virtual education across a wide range of industries. Information services are another area that can heavily leverage the superior performance of Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors. Federal, state and local governments are in desperate need of centralizing the control of a balanced and efficient information database. This will enable them to better embrace social concerns and problem-solving law enforcement and finally build a world-class information network." -Dana Chang, Vice President, Atipa Technologies
"During Avnet's 35-year distribution relationship with AMD, we have helped our channel partners be among the first to market with innovative AMD-based solutions. Avnet is collaborating with global and regional original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), systems builder and value-added reseller (VAR) channel partners to prepare them for developing complete solutions based on the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor. We are excited about the market potential for the new processors, and are aligning Avnet's sales and marketing efforts with AMD's to drive growth for channel partners in every region." -George Condon, Senior Vice President, Avnet Embedded Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions
"We are pleased that AMD is launching its industry-defining native quad-core microprocessors, Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors. Working seamlessly with Broadcom's industry-leading server I/O chipsets, including the HT-2100 that leverages AMD's Direct Connect Architecture for design flexibility, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors continue AMD's tradition of energy efficiency, performance and virtualization leadership." -Sean Conlon, General Manager, Chipset and Storage Infrastructure Line of Business, Broadcom
"The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor will further enable our customers to take full advantage of the high scalability - up to 500 users per server in our x64 edition - offered by Citrix Presentation Server. The Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor will provide increased server scalability and performance benefits so customers can easily expand their application delivery infrastructure to deliver more business applications to more users, while providing greater security and business flexibility at much lower cost. The savings in space, cooling and power make it a solid investment." -Scott Herren, Group Vice President and General Manager, Virtualization Systems Group, Citrix Systems
"Our commitment to support AMD Opteron(TM) processors allows us to deliver innovative solutions that also meet our customers' increasing demands for energy-efficient computing and investment protection. Our latest collaboration with AMD has combined Colfax International's high-performing solutions with the benefits of the industry's first native x86 quad-core processor. Together with AMD, we are focused on providing innovative technologies that matter most to our customers." -Mike Fay, Vice President, Colfax International
"Our customers are already achieving breakthrough results with the Cray XT4 system and quad-core technology will allow them to solve more complex problems faster, doing more accurate simulations. The Cray XT4 system was designed with quad-core performance in mind, and we have seen early examples of excellent scalability and sustained performance with Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors and our advanced Cray SeaStar(TM) interconnect network. Quad-core will give new customers a big boost in performance and a substantial total cost of ownership win. It will do the same for our current customers at a low incremental cost, extending the useful life of their existing Cray XT3TM and XT4 systems." -Peter Ungaro, President and CEO, Cray
"The combination of AMD's unique Direct Connect Architecture with Egenera's data center virtualization can deliver first-class performance and memory capabilities for significant advantages in application performance. AMD's native Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors place all four cores on a single piece of silicon so data can move between cores at full speed for more efficient data sharing, which we believe will help improve performance on memory-intensive applications in virtualized environments. We're pleased to further strengthen our collaboration with AMD to meet the requirements of our enterprise customers by continuing to deliver highly available, cost effective and scalable solutions." -Susan Davis, Vice President, Egenera
Fujitsu Siemens Computers
"In developing the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) 2300 Series processors, AMD has demonstrated forward thinking, not only about the upgrade path to simply introduce the latest and greatest processor to help enable servers to run faster, but the new processors are also innovative in their approach to energy efficiency and virtualization capabilities. Overall, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors ensure that Fujitsu Siemens Computers PRIMERY RX330 servers are heavyweight performers for compute-intensive database and virtualization applications in the data center today - and tomorrow." -Jens-Peter Seick, Senior Vice President Enterprise Business, Fujitsu Siemens Computers
"Our customers have been extremely pleased with our previous AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based servers. Once again, AMD is bringing leading-edge technology with significant benefits to our servers and, ultimately, our customers." -Tim Diefenthaler, Senior Director, Professional Product Management, Gateway
"The Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor enhances existing performance-per-watt capabilities with innovative power management capabilities, and helps increase performance and efficiency of x86 virtualization solutions with enhanced AMD Virtualization(TM) technology. GIGABYTE is happy to collaborate with AMD to offer server solutions powered by the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor, which will help satisfy our customers' need for high performance processing and low power consumption." -Etay Lee, General Manager of Network and Communication Business Unit, GIGABYTE
HPC Systems, Inc.
"With customer-centric enhancements like Dual Dynamic Power Management(TM) and AMD CoolCore(TM) technology, as well as core and cache enhancements and a native multi-core architecture, Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors help better address our customers' need for high levels of performance in the same footprint. We primarily serve the scientific computing and research community working on complex problems. The enhancements in the new native Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are definitely a big step forward in meeting their needs - better performance without the need to revamp their full data center infrastructure like power and cooling. Better performance, out of the box. We are also very excited with the new standards in performance-per-watt capabilities." -Kalyana Chadalavada, Director of Systems Architecture, HPC Systems, Inc.
Inventec Enterprise System Corp.
"We are extremely excited to support the launch of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor. We strive to build solutions based on leading innovative and reliable technology, and by adding AMD's native quad-core processor into our portfolio of offerings, we are able to significantly broaden the choices available to our customers." -N.J. Lee, Sr. VP of Inventec Enterprise System Corp.
"The AMD Opteron(TM) processor is built from the ground up to directly address the demands of the HPC market. Critical features of the processor, like its integrated memory controller and HyperTransport(TM) technology, provide it with a clear advantage over the front side bus-based architecture that has dominated the x86 space for many years. AMD's latest innovation, a native quad-core design with 4 cores on a single die, enables programs that are not memory-bound to take full advantage of the additional processing power. Programs that can dramatically improve in speed include floating point intensive computations, like FFTs, which have high data re-use rates; SMP applications that make frequent calls, including transaction-based business applications; and programs that depend on byte code interpreters like JAVA to carry the work load. Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors will change the face of high performance computing." -Stephen Fried, President and CTO, Microway, Inc.
"MSI is proud to maintain its strong relationship with AMD by supporting the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor launch with a series of new motherboards targeted for the server market. The Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor is designed to offer better performance in the same thermal envelopes as the current generation of AMD Opteron processors. The new server motherboards provide high performance, high stability and an increase in overall product efficiency. MSI continues to drive technology leadership by supporting the first native quad-core processor architecture in the x86-based computing market." -Norman Tsai, Vice President of Enterprise Platform Product Sales Division, MSI
"The strengths of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor mesh very well with the capabilities of SUSE Linux Enterprise as Novell and AMD continue to provide customers with innovative solutions at the front of the market. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 is the first production-level operating system to support the enhanced virtualization feature of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor, known as Rapid Virtualization Indexing, as we are again one of the first Linux vendors to embrace the newest technologies offered by AMD." -Roger Levy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Open Platform Solutions, Novell
"We are proud to support the release of AMD's Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors, a breakthrough native quad-core architecture that continues AMD's tradition of energy efficiency and performance. Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors combined with NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000-family MCP products will deliver exceptional performance and stability for the most demanding server and workstation applications." -Manoj Gujral, General Manager, Professional MCP Business, NVIDIA
"Our customers look to Oracle and AMD for technology solutions that lower their total cost of ownership. Based on everything we've seen, the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor will play a major role in helping customers achieve their objective of lowering TCO." -Charles Phillips, President, Oracle Corporation
"Over the past four years, AMD and PathScale have collaborated around several common strengths; 64-bit multi-core scalability, outstanding memory bandwidth utilization and optimal settings for a growing array of leading-edge AMD specific architectural features. The PathScale Compiler Suite provides software developers with excellent performance on AMD processors and reduced development time due to outstanding GNU compatibility. In this way, we help our system partners and developers with real-world code to realize the enormous potential in this newest Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor." -Duncan Poole, Director of Product Marketing, PathScale
"PSSC Labs is pleased to incorporate Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors in all of our product lines including our PowerWulf Clusters, servers and workstations. AMD's new native quad-core processor offers a tremendous amount of computing power in a very small foot print." -Alex Lesser, Vice President, PSSC Labs
"As one of the world's leading providers of AMD processor-based server solutions, Rackable Systems is pleased to offer this next generation of AMD64 technology to our customers. Our award-winning, build-to-order AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based servers enable us to optimize system performance, expand compute density and offer industry-leading performance per watt to our customers at exceptional prices." -Mark J. Barrenechea, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rackable Systems
Rackspace Managed Hosting
"We've found that AMD Opteron(TM) processors are an incredibly reliable platform for customers with multi-threaded applications or heavy database usage. Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors coincide directly with our GreenSpace initiative of lowering power consumption, which in turn delivers great cost benefits to us that we can ultimately pass on to customers. It is apparent that the processor was designed with virtualization in mind, delivering near native performance on virtualized applications and greatly improving virtualized application performance by allowing virtual machines to manage memory more efficiently." -Nicolas Keller, Director of Platform Products, Rackspace Managed Hosting
"Customers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform with the included Red Hat Integrated Virtualization for their server environments will greatly benefit from the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors with AMD Virtualization technology. Our testing has demonstrated performance improvements of up to 4 times over earlier virtualized systems due to the benefits of AMD VirtualizationTM with Rapid Virtualization Indexing and optimized drivers. It is clear that now is the time to update your server farms to the latest quad-core AMD based systems running the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux software." -Scott Crenshaw, Vice President of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Line of Business, Red Hat
"With enhanced performance and innovative power management capabilities such as AMD's Dual Dynamic Power Management(TM), our customers are eager to realize the benefits of our solutions powered by AMD's first native quad-core processor. Since Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors operate within the same power and thermal envelopes as dual-core AMD Opteron processors, customers can benefit from quad-core technology without compromising power consumption. It's an exciting upgrade that can increase capabilities without altering datacenter infrastructure." -Dave Bryan, President, Silicon Mechanics
"Sun has a long history of providing solutions that define innovation. The free and open Solaris 10 Operating System is leveraging more than 20 years of SMP expertise - with 64-bit computing since 1998 - and will offer exceptional computing performance, security and virtualization capabilities on AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based systems ranging from single cores to 32-cores and beyond." -Marc Hamilton, Vice President of Solaris Marketing, Sun Microsystems
"Our quad-core A+ solutions deliver great value to customers in all segments of the server and workstation marketplace. With a comprehensive selection of high-quality Server Building Block Solutions to choose from, Supermicro offers truly application-optimized Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based platforms. The leading system-level power efficiency of our cutting-edge server designs enables us to offer earth-friendly solutions with exceptional performance-per-watt capabilities that empower customers to grow, adapt and scale as their business demands evolve." -Alex Hsu, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Supermicro
"The combination of AMD's powerful, energy-efficient Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors with the superior density and easy manageability of our Virtuozzo operating system server virtualization software is a true 'green IT' solution. As a solution that enables dozens to hundreds of containers to immediately and automatically leverage AMD's native quad-core hardware, Virtuozzo enables exceptional datacenter efficiency from administrative, ROI, and energy-consumption perspectives. We're thrilled to work with AMD to offer a solution in which businesses, IT managers, and the environment all come out winners." -Serguei Beloussov, Chief Executive Officer, SWsoft
"Since the release of the Second-Generation AMD Opteron(TM) processor, Tyan's Thunder, Tomcat and Transport branded products have realized the benefits of AMD's industry-leading AMD64 technology to provide server infrastructures with energy efficiency, remarkable performance and system virtualization. This is an exciting day for our customers, as they can now experience the significant increase in processing power and performance output, that we expect from the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor, without dramatic upgrade requirements." -Ryan Yang, Vice President, Tyan Computer
"Uniwide Technologies is proud to announce our new platforms, the 1512 and 1514 barebone series. These 1U, 1P solutions will be powered by Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) 2300 Series processors. Uniwide Technologies is mainly a provider of 2P and 4P enterprise solutions, and this is the first time we have developed a 1P solution. We truly believe in and support Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with their superior technology, 128-bit SSE floating point capabilities per core, a new, 2MB high-speed L3 cache, and dynamic power management capabilities. Combined with our experience with 8 DIMMs per CPU technology, we believe our new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-powered platforms will provide high performance with low power usage to help keep infrastructure costs down." -Daniel Kim, CEO, Uniwide Technologies
"With its unrivaled power efficiency and computing density, our environmentally responsible architecture and patented Vertical Cooling Technology(TM) has been enabling the green data center for years. The addition of Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors to our line-up is providing our customers with the ability to increase overall performance while optimizing energy consumption." -David B. Wright, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Verari Systems
"We are pleased to support the launch of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor, including their Rapid Virtualization Indexing capabilities, in Virtual Iron Version 4. With its native quad-core architecture, simple plug-in upgrade and improved performance-per-watt, combined with our enterprise class capabilities and performance supporting the most advanced, policy-based use cases like HA and data center load balancing, our many joint customers will immediately benefit from this next generation AMD Opteron(TM) processor platform." -Mike Grandinetti, Chief Marketing Officer, Virtual Iron
"We see multi-core capabilities in the Quad-Core AMD OpteronTM processor as a perfect fit for virtualization. The Rapid Virtualization Indexing feature of AMD's Direct Connect Architecture enhances this combination by smoothing out the performance profile across many workloads." -Dr. Stephen Herrod, Vice President of Technology Development, VMware
"We are extremely excited to leverage Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors in our arsenal of solutions aimed at accelerating innovation and driving down IT costs. Our #27110
customers have greatly benefited from the advanced feature set and industry leading performance-per-watt of AMD64 technology, and we believe Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors usher in a new level of high-performing, energy-efficient computing." -Doug Johnson, Vice President, Western Scientific
"The Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor is ideally suited to virtualization workloads. We believe that AMD's Rapid Virtualization Indexing technology will help to reduce the remaining overhead of virtualization, and are pleased to offer support for this technology in XenEnterprise v4, XenSource's flagship virtualization platform, shipping today to customers worldwide." -Simon Crosby, Chief Technology Officer, XenSource
"ZT Systems is pleased to collaborate with AMD on the launch of this groundbreaking new native quad-core server technology. Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors provide a leading-edge solution that further expands our server offering and capabilities for providing ultra high-density, energy-efficient solutions. Our data center customers will be able to benefit from the highest level of performance-per-watt within our cost effective, custom solutions. As an AMD Platinum Solution Provider, we see native quad-core solutions as a large part of our expansive growth into the x86 server market." -Rick Garian, Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, ZT Systems
(1) The comparison presented above is based on SPECint_rate2006 and SPECfp_rate2006 tests of the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 2222 against results for the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 2350 under submission to SPEC as of Sep 6, 2007. For the latest results, visit http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/. SPEC and the benchmark names SPECint and SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on www.spec.org as of Sep 6, 2007.
(2) Based on Q207 IDC worldwide server tracker results
(3) EPA report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency - Aug 2, 2007 - http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/prod_development/downloads/EPA_ Datacenter_Report_Congress_Final1.pdf (Due to the length of this URL it may need to be copied and pasted into your browser).
(4) An AMD innovation first introduced to x86 processors with the AMD Opteron processor in April 2003.
Source: Advanced Micro Devices
Released September 10, 2007