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IsoHunt administrators claim AMD couldn't wait to give the P2P website new processors for its servers

Bizarre.  That's the only word I could use to describe the unfolding AMD-IsoHunt story. 

Earlier this month, one of IsoHunt's administrators posted the following post in its forum section:
I'd like to thank the nice people at AMD for allowing us to have 2 pre-production engineering samples of their Opteron 2352 CPUs. These cpus have been installed in our primary database server (as of this afternoon) and we'll definitely be following up in the near future with our impressions of these particular cpus. (Although I'll admit that we ran all of our web traffic for about 20 minutes earlier today on those cpus without any issue, so they're certainly powerhouses).
IsoHunt, for those not familiar, is a BitTorrent aggregator similar in spirit to The Pirate Bay.  The MPAA launched a lawsuit against IsoHunt in February 2006; the website then relocated to Canada to escape a DMCA takedown notification.   Even more legal pressure forced the site to block its all U.S. IP addresses from its tracker.

So why would AMD choose to back a pro-piracy torrent tracker? We could ask former Inquirer, current Tom's Hardware blogger Theo Valich, who joined the IsoHunt.com Facebook group on the same day as the post.  IsoHunt.com administrators would not reply to our posts as to why they were given the new processors. 

What IsoHunt would confirm is that the new processors sent to them include some of the first production B2-stepping Opteron 2352 Barcelona processors.

These processors to not fix the widely-reported TLB race condition.  The fix for this race condition crippled production Phenom and Barcelona processors under certain tests, though most real-world scenarios are unaffected by the bug. 

AMD guidance states that the new B3 silicon processors are tracking to ship to OEMs at the end of Q1; system builders will start receiving the chips near the beginning of Q2.  The company has no plans to release anymore B2 processors.

AMD corporate sent DailyTech the official comment regarding IsoHunt.  "We can state that whatever it is that isohunt.com claims it has (B3 Barcelona silicon), that it was not sent from AMD."

IsoHunt.com is currently firewalled from AMD's corporate network. It's listed as an P2P file sharing website. 


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Make sense to me
By DEredita on 2/6/2008 2:01:49 PM , Rating: 5
Good way to stress test the new processor. Have it run on very demanding servers, which if they go down, you will not feel bad about because they are illegal servers. If they stay up and running, then you have a good processor.
If they were being test run on mission critical servers, which cost millions if they go down - that would be a nightmare. Looks like both sides benefited from this.




RE: Make sense to me
By DarkElfa on 2/6/2008 2:15:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's painfully obvious that AMD did indeed give these guys new procs and simply didn't know that the servers were Trackers.


RE: Make sense to me
By InternetGeek on 2/6/2008 7:00:35 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think AMD didn't know. I think trackers are a environment on which the racing condition can express itself more often. AMD might have a hard time simulating such a environment even though a common cause is known (virtual environments).


RE: Make sense to me
By bfellow on 2/8/2008 9:57:44 AM , Rating: 2
They're using B2's with TLB bug workaround in place so there wouldn't be any "testing"


By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 2/8/2008 1:32:29 PM , Rating: 2
Their webmaster now claims its a pre-production B2 stepping processor -- AMD removed this from their roadmap a while ago. They also claimed they would not release any more processors with the TLB bug.

So I'm guessing someone passed them a sample intended for media. Either way, AMD still denies sending them anything.


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