AMD: Bringing "Torrenza" and "Fusion" Together
March 17, 2007 7:07 AM
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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
. AMD's goal behind
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
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
, 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.
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
. Los Alamos National Labs is currently
building the world's fastest supercomputer
, Roadrunner, with Opteron and Cell processors on the
is not just locked within the compounds of the CPU sockets. According to AMD,
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
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
competitor sometime in mid-2008.
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comparing current usage models to future and amd's crystal ball
3/18/2007 10:42:34 PM
some people are saying stream processing won't help joe average as it only accelerates video and scientific computing etc...
well that is the future of the business amd is trying to move towards. the convergence of living room video watching and computer usage is comming fast. ati saw this and moved into producing video decode chips for hd tv's as fast as they could leverage their existing media decode functions in their radeon line to a single purpose chip. amd saw what ati had done and recognized the potential market share they'd have and bought ati out. amd knows the war for the living room is comming and the faster they get going the more they can capture the market as intel did in the cpu business in the late 70's early 80's. being the big name brand in set top box decode chips and integrated cpu/gpu tech is what amd wants. they don't want to be the runner up in p.c. cpu markets they want to be number one in providing hd entertainment chips and multifunctional set top box cores. that is the big market of the future, every one sees it from microsoft wanting to be the founder of the underlying software licenses that drm and hd media run on, to wanting to build the name brand all in one set top box you use in the living room also. sony is also in the game to take the living room. ps3 and cel are there as well as blue ray to get in on the ground floor. that is why microsoft made a big show of not supporting blue ray but hd dvd instead. they want sony to fail and are not doing anything that might strengthen sony's bid to the living room dominance as MS is trying the same game.
this never escaped amd's notice which is why they are trying to put all in one cpu/gpu/stream processors together. they want the living room to run on their chips. they aren't in the least concerned about the p.c. space as it will eventually die out. system on a chip with good graphics and floating point performance and integer performance = all in one set top box p.c. replacement/game console replacement/ media player replaceent/ etc...
this is the future amd is trying to bank on, as well as sony and microsoft and intel. viiv was an early concept, rough model of this new set top / p.c. / living room convergance.
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