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"Torrenza" systems will accept both multi-core, accelerators, or "Fusion" processors
AMD sheds more light on accelerated processing projects

This week at CeBIT 2007, AMD revealed more details about its "accelerated computing" platform, codenamed Torrenza. AMD's goal behind Torrenza is to create a platform where application-specific processors can interact cost effectively and offer better performance than a general purpose CPU, while remaining compatible with off the shelf platforms.

AMD guidance revealed this week that future processors will also have integrated "accelerators" embedded into them. A Torrenza system will have at least two sockets, and both will accept accelerators and accelerated CPUs.

One accelerated-processor project on AMD plate, slated for 2008 under the codename Fusion, and combines a dedicated GPU or GPU accelerator onto the same package or even the same silicon die as the main CPU. AMD has already set the ground-work for Fusion processing with its Stream Computing initiative -- utilizing ATI-based graphics adaptors for heavy number crunching. 

Other Torrenza ready projects are also coming to light.  Clearspeed announced its CSX600 math-coprocessor plug-in last year, with the stated intention of creating a socket plugin version for Torrenza.  Los Alamos National Labs is currently building the world's fastest supercomputer, Roadrunner, with Opteron and Cell processors on the Torrenza platform.

Torrenza is not just locked within the compounds of the CPU sockets. According to AMD, Torrenza systems will accept accelerators in a PCI-Express interface too, allow for multiple application specific accelerators to access system memory and processor functions directly.  Mercury systems announced a PCIe plug-in accelerator late last year.

While Torrenza is well on its way to seeing daylight, Intel is also working on its own open architecture platform. Notorious for keeping its CPU platform a closely guarded technology, Intel indicated that it was working on a competitive technology to AMD's HyperTransport, dubbed CSI, allowing direct CPU and memory access.

Intel guidance suggests the company will announce its Torrenza competitor sometime in mid-2008.


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By Yawgm0th on 3/18/2007 3:39:49 PM , Rating: 2
Using a technology developed by your main competitor isn't a great PR move, especially with fanboys waiting to jump on a little piece of information like that.


By Darkskypoet on 3/18/2007 7:54:02 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly... However, my post pointing such out was moderated down... Sigh. So I replied with gusto :)

I always thought the posts that were moderated down, were full of AMD is L33t & Intel Sux0rs... but it seems otherwise intelligent posts share that fate as well on this board. Sigh.


By zsdersw on 3/18/2007 8:02:30 PM , Rating: 1
A fancily-worded version of fanaticism is just as likely to get voted down just as much as a less eloquent version.


By Darkskypoet on 3/18/2007 9:16:45 PM , Rating: 2
So somehow pointing out the surprisingly obvious fact that AMD has been / is taking server market share from Intel, and part of that is due to HT and the working consortium behind it, is fanaticism? That is rather funny. I think your down moderating of intelligent factual posts is more akin to fanaticism, then my noting fairly obvious trends.

You disagree then that Intel adopting HT, late, will do no harm to their 'superior' mind share? Also, that by being a late adopter they would then have more ground to cover development wise in a shorter time frame?

Or that the delay in adopting a new point to point, somewhat open standard for interconnect has done no harm to their higher end server platforms?

Really? Let us know what you think about this. I mean it is one thing to call out 'fanaticism!!', and yet another to post an alternative for the readers to evaluate.


By Viditor on 3/19/2007 9:19:34 AM , Rating: 2
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I don't necessarily agree or disagree with you about anything

But you are most certainly taking him to task over something you supposedly have no opinion about...


By coldpower27 on 3/19/2007 3:58:13 PM , Rating: 2
That's the thing you keep calling it "Intel adopting HT" but Intel isn't adopting a standard AMD had a hand in developing, they are working on their own solution aka CSI. It may do some of the things and in some of the same ways, but it's Intel standard and they have control on what they wish to do with it.

Companies buy products that perform, the purpose of a point to point connection such as HyperTransport or CSI, is to alleviate a potential bottleneck in processor to processor communication as well as to the main memory.

Intel made a choice, which would harm them more, giving props to AMD by developing and using HyperTransport, essentially saying they accept AMD as an actual equal OR hold out till they can develop their own solution that achieves the same goal with the con of having reduced performance on their high end server platforms?

Intel chose the latter decision and we will have to see if it hurts very much as what was pointed out 4P+ Servers aren't majority of systems sold.

What AMD did though with HyperTransport by releasing it as an open-standard is indeed a good decision for AMD and comes with it's own set of advantages. But AMD did this only because it believes in the long run this will do more good then harm to themselves.

And you have no evidence as to whom is down moderating your posts, just because someone has the ability to fire a gun, doesn't mean they are the ones that did.


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