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Developed by AMD's Graphics Product Group, the Stream processor appears to really be the ATI Stream processor announced several weeks ago

AMD yesterday introduced its first dedicated stream processor. The stream processor is designed for high-performance computing applications required financial analysis, seismic migration analysis and life sciences research. AMD claims “The AMD Stream Processor is the first hardware of its kind dedicated to addressing stream computing problems in the enterprise space.”

This is interesting as ATI previously announced its stream computing technology powered by its graphics cards. Folding@Home also announced support for ATI’s stream computing technology with a beta Folding@Home client that supports GPU processing.

Nevertheless, the stream processor appears to be based off the ATI graphics hardware. Rumors of an ATI FireStream stream computing graphics board popped up back in September. The AMD stream processor is equipped with 1GB of GDDR3 memory and most likely based on the ATI Radeon X1900 series GPU.

According to AMD’s press release: Using professional-grade technology derived from AMD’s Graphics Product Group, the AMD Stream Processor is a PCI Express-based add-in board designed with higher memory densities than any consumer graphics card – a full 1 GB of GDDR3 memory for stream computing applications. The processor also features HPC-optimized memory performance designed to best handle unique stream computing problem sets. The AMD Stream Processor also includes broad operating system support for server implementations; full-service, enterprise-class technical support; and a limited three-year warranty. The AMD Stream Processor is available now from distributors.

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Damn...Where's Ruby?
By Kromis on 11/15/06, Rating: 0
RE: Damn...Where's Ruby?
By xsilver on 11/15/2006 5:38:28 AM , Rating: 3
she's no longer called ruby
she's been renamed Emerald in order to follow with AMD's corporate direction ;) lol

RE: Damn...Where's Ruby?
By SilthDraeth on 11/15/2006 9:03:45 AM , Rating: 4
Doh, here I was thinking that both rubies and emeralds where aluminum oxide based gems, but emeralds are in fact beryllium aluminosilicate.

They both however share the same impurity. Chromium.

So it would still relate to ATI and AMD somehow.

RE: Damn...Where's Ruby?
By Xenoterranos on 11/15/2006 10:50:33 AM , Rating: 3
Wow. That was really nerdy. ++nerdy! :)

Nice apart from the Price Tag
By Zurtex on 11/15/2006 6:33:23 AM , Rating: 1
Essentially the only difference between programming on this and a GPU is that it's easier, it's not much faster and it costs about 6 times as much. I think programming will stick around on GPUs for just a bit longer due to it being cheaper.

RE: Nice apart from the Price Tag
By Goty on 11/15/2006 8:15:46 AM , Rating: 2
Well, that's the thing, a stream processor is really just a GPU anyways.

RE: Nice apart from the Price Tag
By ajfink on 11/15/2006 11:09:05 AM , Rating: 2
Well, it's essentially a GPU, but one tweaked for its task. Seems like a good way to fill up extra PCI-E slots if you have them to fold with (if you have the money) and don't game. I think it's a really interesting idea, seeing as AMD is planning on integrating many GPU-functions into their processor cores. Would boost the math performance of their chips through the roof.

RE: Nice apart from the Price Tag
By Zurtex on 11/15/06, Rating: 0
By xFlankerx on 11/15/2006 2:13:43 AM , Rating: 2
That picture still doesn't look right, haha.

By abakshi on 11/15/2006 2:46:25 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it looks horrible.

I fear the day (pretty soon it seems) when the AMD Radeon is announced.

socket based?
By ncage on 11/15/2006 11:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
Im suprised amd didn't use their socket for this. I mean with them pushing specialized processors and allowing companies to use their infrastructure for this im suprised they didn't go that direction rather than sticking it on a graphics card. Maybe they didn't because ATI already had this card already and moving it to their socket would had delayed the release....

RE: socket based?
By Goty on 11/15/2006 12:09:16 PM , Rating: 2
Well, sitting one of these in a socket would precluse single-socket systems from utilizing them, and I bet moving from a BGA package to an FPGA package would require a substantial reworking of parts of the chip, not to mention the problem of where you'd grab the memory from (acessing main system memory would probably be a bit slower and require that you go through the CPU as well). Leaving the chip on what is essentially an unchanged GPU PCB will make things much easier, not to mention cheaper.

By leidegre on 11/15/2006 4:49:07 AM , Rating: 2
Well it's not a big supprise, AMD needs to unify the branding, and consumers need to understand what the changes mean, as well as annoucning again, that's just a cleaver from my point of view, becuase it obviously bring extra attention.

Rather have Nvidia
By TimberJon on 11/16/2006 4:27:53 PM , Rating: 2
Id rather have a gig of memory on an Nvidia GPU. OR have some numb company finally incorporate graphics processing routines into on-board hardware so that you can add your own processor. Better processor you put in, the better graphics processing you will get. Core Duo GPU's would be nice too..

By Spar on 11/15/06, Rating: -1
By Milliamp on 11/15/2006 4:26:04 AM , Rating: 2
I hope the dailytech folks report your constant spamming to your ISP and they suspend your account.

I wonder if spamming is against the terms of service for the company hosting your web site.

You have already been asked to stop spamming the forums by others in several other posts.

By xsilver on 11/15/2006 5:37:00 AM , Rating: 2
is that guy a corporate spammer or what? cause he's referring to another site?

if he is, wouldnt it be obvious that he's an employee of that company? just direct a lawsuit their way and they'll run away with their tail between their legs.

also I didnt think that spamming on such small scale is really against terms of service - isnt it the 10,000 emails per day the real spammers?

By MarkHark on 11/15/2006 9:44:33 AM , Rating: 2
This person is using Dailytech forums to promote their own site, by posting links to it in unrelated threads and expecting DT readers to click on the link.

This is spamming, and yes, this is against AT/DT forum rules. If they want DT to boost their traffic, they should pay for a banner.

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