Tuesday, May 16, 2006

AMD is a server CPU company

I stated this long time ago, some still seem surprised by this notion.

All AMD CPU designs are based on server class architectrues. Even Semprons are downgraded Opterons -- it has crossbar, HT, IMC, all the stuff you found in Opterons.

AMD camp has the Grand Masters of all major server architectures: Opteron, DEC Alpha, MIPS, IBM Power, IBM RS/6000, Sun UltraSparc, HP PA-RISC and Itanium. And these Grand Masters are working together with a mission -- to crush Intel once and for all.

No company on earth can match AMD in terms of server CPU design.

When was the last time Intel designed a server CPU? Itanium, 1992.

Xeon, Woodcrest, Colvertown are just desktop chips with a different label.

7 Comments:

Blogger PerennialRebel said...

UltraSPARC, Power5, Cell....

BTW, is there any company that sells Opterons in their *highest* end servers?

Not even Sun, ASAIK...

2:38 PM, May 16, 2006  
Blogger Sharikou, Ph. D said...

Well, SUN just proudly announced that they sold a computer with 10000 Opteron cores to Tokyo. I think that must be the largest computer SUN has sold.

3:00 PM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think AMD's mission isn't to crush intel, but to set up a stable ecosystem with its partners.
unlike intel, who tries to take as much as possible (microprocessors, chipsets, Viiv, vPro...etc), AMD is better at making its partners happy and healthy.

3:29 PM, May 16, 2006  
Blogger PerennialRebel said...

Thanks for the info, sharikou.

But, I think such high-end Opteron products will be really few in number.

Why would Sun market the Opterons as the biggest thing at the expense of their own UltraSPARCs???

That would be bad for them...

I think they will just continue to market Opteron systems in the entry-level and mid-range levels.

And to think, Sun is AMD's biggest ally.

But basically, I agree with you in that AMD is primarily a sever CPU company. I just don't think they have enough allies and/or superior products in the super-high-end fields...

11:28 AM, May 17, 2006  
Anonymous Edward said...

BTW, is there any company that sells Opterons in their *highest* end servers?

Opteron easily replaces all the Xeon servers out there (except for Dell).

Not *highest* end servers, but that alone can make AMD one of the largest server chip manufacturer.

12:34 PM, May 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dell will sell Opterons in their "highest end" servers now. I think that settles it.

6:20 PM, May 18, 2006  
Anonymous George said...

Just Look at the top 500 super-computer list most of them are x86 so alot of peple buy a ton of lower end servers and put them in farms

7:28 AM, May 24, 2006  

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