AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today took a significant step into the server and data center market with its most detailed look yet at the upcoming high-performance CPU for servers, code named “Naples”. Purpose-built to disrupt the status-quo and to scale across the cloud and traditional on-premise server configurations, “Naples” delivers the highly regarded “Zen” x86 processing engine in industry-leading configurations of up to 32 cores. Superior memory bandwidth and the number of high-speed input / output channels in a single-chip further differentiate “Naples” from anything else in the server market today. The first processors are scheduled to be available in Q2 2017, with volume availability building in the second half of the year through OEM and channel partners.
“Today marks the first major milestone in AMD re-asserting its position as an innovator in the data center and returning choice to customers in high-performance server CPUs,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom business unit, AMD. “’Naples’ represents a completely new approach to supporting the massive processing requirements of the modern data center. This groundbreaking system-on-chip delivers the unique high-performance features required to address highly virtualized environments, massive data sets and new, emerging workloads.”
The new AMD server processor exceeds today’s top competitive offering on critical parameters, with 45% more cores1, 60% more input / output capacity (I/O)2, and 122% more memory band width3.
“It is exciting to see AMD back in the server conversation with a new CPU and a sound strategy for why it is the right processor for the modern datacenter and the cloud computing era,” said Matt Eastwood, senior vice president, Enterprise Infrastructure and Data center, IDC. “Looking at the product details announced today, it sounds like a compelling combination that will give IT buyers a unique new option to consider when making their next upgrade.”
A highly scalable, 32-core System on Chip (SoC) design, with support for two high-performance threads per core
Industry-leading memory bandwidth, with 8-channels of memory per “Naples” device. In a 2-socket server, support for up to 32 DIMMS of DDR4 on 16 memory channels, delivering up to 4 terabytes of total memory capacity.
The processor is a complete SoC with fully integrated, high-speed I/O supporting 128 lanes of PCIe® 34, negating the need for a separate chip-set
A highly-optimized cache structure for high-performance, energy efficient compute
AMD Infinity Fabric coherent interconnect for two “Naples” CPUs in a 2-socket system
Dedicated security hardware
· Introduction to “Naples” on AMD.com
· Blog by Forrest Norrod in the AMD Community
· Learn more about the “Zen” x86 core
· Follow AMD datacenter developments on Twitter @AMDServer
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