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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AMD to release a "8 CORE SYSTEM 2H 07" ??????
3/20/2007 3:35:23 AM
This is some serious stuff- AMD
Game developer conference 2007
Massive Multi Core Processors & Gaming.
SEE PAGE 12 & 13!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Quad FX Platform
"Upgradeble to an 8 CORE SYSTEM 2H 07"
1) This could be a very serious challenge to INTEL.
2) There are rumours of Apple MAC PRO to come up with a
8 CORE SYSTEM.
3) Then is Apple now trying to forge a relationship
4) A new line of MACS with AMD CPUs??????????
in addition to the Intel line up???
5) Whats more important than Apple is "AMD with 8 cores!!"
RE: AMD to release a "8 CORE SYSTEM 2H 07" ??????
3/20/2007 9:42:15 AM
Hey think about it for a second, what is inside the Mac Pro current 4 core systems? Two Wood crest DUAL core server CPU's. This might be a little speculative but I'm thinking you could just drop in 2 clover town QUAD core server cpu's and then have a magic 8 Core Mac Pro you were talking about.
RE: AMD to release a "8 CORE SYSTEM 2H 07" ??????
3/20/2007 3:06:09 PM
Not speculation. Fact. Heck, Anandtech has an article about it...
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