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China Now Leads the Server Race: Meet the Phytium MARS Processor

Phytium MARS Front.jpg

Two decades ago, the US high end microprocessor industry was a lively, diverse market where about five various instruction set architectures battled it out across the workstation and server fields. You had choices like DEC’s Alpha – the speed leader; MIPS – the Silicon Graphics heart; SPARC from Sun Microsystems, IBM POWER, HP PA, the nascent X86, and a few custom architectures for MPP massive parallel processing, for instance. The rest of the world pretty much had nothing – British Transputer and German Hyperstone platforms died out due to lack of funding, while ARM was still keeping to the low end embedded arena after the end of the


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AMD Radeon Pro SSG Could Support 4TB Memory


In a move that was perhaps the most important announcement of Siggraph, Radeon Technologies Group presented the Radeon Pro SSG card, perhaps the most innovative concept to have come out of the GPU world of in quite some time. SSG stands for “Solid State Graphics”, and in its prototype version consists out of a Polaris 10 graphics processor, commonly known as Radeon RX 480 with 8GB of memory, a PLX PCIe bridge and two M.2 NVMe slots with two 512GB SSD drives, which might come to market on their own, probably branded as Radeon R9 memory. The way how Radeon Pro SSG works is quite ingenious. When AMD


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NVIDIA Tesla P100 Shows Future Quadro P6000, GeForce GTX Titan

Nvidia Tesla P100 for PCIe

At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), which takes place this week in Frankfurt, Nvidia finally unveiled the PCIe version of its largest chip, the GP100. This is not the rumored GP102 chip and confirms words spoken by Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of Nvidia Corporation – when he said that the company ‘taped out all the Pascals’: GP100, GP104 and GP106. The GP100-based Tesla P100 is a quite long dual-slot card, which rivals dual-GPU Tesla K80 in its length. The board features lower clock for both GPU and the HBM2 memory, meaning only the Nvidia NVLink-based daughterboards will feature GP100 chip in its full performance


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AMD Discloses Impressive ZEN Performance

AMD Investor Presentation

During the recent 2016 Annual Shareholding Meeting, AMD’s leadership disclosed their targets for the upcoming three years. The company is building its strategy on the only possible growth plan – building the fastest technology their engineers came come up with, and then produce the silicon which will come to market branded either as AMD, an AMD-THATIC joint-venture or as Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony… and a new mysterious client for the semi-custom business. “We have new Semi-Custom business in the back half of the year that commences then, and we have the traditional Semi-Custom business with our game console partners that seasonally peaks in the third quarter. So a


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SPEC Benchmark Puts Cloud Computing to a Test

Cloud Computing

Many Cloud providers claim their service is the best for your cloud computing needs. IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is a hotbed of computing for the better part of last decade, and we’re seeing the revenue and profit numbers delivered by Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others. The rise of IaaS is also one of key reasons why Dell went on a bend in order to acquire EMC, and many others. Measuring the performance of infrastructure is a critical task, and this is where SPEC, an industry consortium comes along. Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation i.e. SPEC creates benchmarks based on real-world workloads, from professional / commercial graphics in


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Facebook Servers Are a Lesson in Minimalism and Efficiency

Facebook Server Data Center

Bloomberg’s intrepid reporter and best selling book author Ashlee Vance recently launched a tech documentary called ‘Hello World’. Focusing on countries, he travels across the globe with his team and checks to see how the globalization made the world smaller and enabled innovation to come out of each corner of planet Earth. Second episode of Hello World visited Sweden, and while we do recommend you watch the whole show, we caught something very interesting: Facebook’s servers. “(Facebook Servers) are all built to be as energy and cooling efficient as possible,” said Joel Kjellgren, Site Manager, Facebook. “There are no fans at all at this one, as you can


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New AMD Corporate Strategy Starts to Pay Off

AMD Lone Star Campus in Austin, Texas

Over the course of last year, AMD’s upper management started to split the company into two key elements – one that would drive the technology forward (Radeon Technologies Group) and one to make sure the technology brings back ‘best bang for buck’, mostly through licensing agreements and new industry collaborations. Radeon Technologies Group is being lead by Raja Koduri and his management and engineering team, while Dr. Lisa T. Su is driving the monetization aspect of AMD as the corporate entity. Less than a year after making an announcement that AMD is ‘open for business’ by licensing the core IP technologies such as CPU or GPU cores. We’ve


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AMD Updates FirePro W9100 with 32 GB Memory

AMD FirePro W9100 32 GB

Last year, AMD released FirePro S9170 with 32GB GDDR5 memory, becoming the world’s first graphics card with 32 GB memory. Designed for servers, this board carried a record-breaking 32 GB of GDDR5 memory, using expensive and not-widely-available 16 Gbit / 2 GB memory chips. Just in time for the 93rd edition of one of the oldest trade shows in the west hemisphere, AMD is introducing a refresh to their high-end workstation line-up. As the name says, AMD FirePro W9100 32 GB brings 32 GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory to the workstation line-up. And this is where things are getting really interesting. W9100 32GB is powered by


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Can Supermicro’s Pascal Beat Nvidia’s Own DGX-1?

Supermicro 1U fits four Pascal-based Tesla P100s

At the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia introduced its DGX-1 supercomputer. Based on combining the two 20-core Xeon E5 v4 processors with eight Tesla P100 cards, DGX-1 is a 3U server that promises to deliver 85.2 TFLOPS of compute performance (FP32). For a price of $129,000, you can order the DGX-1 system today and get the ultimate performance out of a single rack. Yet during that same event, there might be a product that already upstaged the performance delivered by a single DGX-1 server. On the second day of the show, we encountered Supermicro’s 1U ‘Super GPU’ server. While Supermicro is known as a manufacturer of ultra-dense computers, and is


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100 PFLOPS: China’s Supercomputer Circumvents U.S. Sales Ban

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer is world's fastest supercomputer, at 33 PFLOPS demonstrated and 55 PFLOPS theoretical performance.

A year ago, we revealed that the U.S. State Department blocked the further sales of Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi processors to Chinese institutions, most notably the Tianhe-2 supercomputer. The U.S. Administration also blocked the move in which a China-based investment fund would invest in AMD i.e. one of original reasons for Radeon Technologies Group – which is even without the said investment, performing above and beyond its financial capabilities. The reason to move against Tianhe-2 is complicated yet simple – ever since its debut in June 2013, the Tianhe-2 supercomputer from NUDT (National University for Defense Technologies) sits on top of the World’s 500 fastest computers list. From the looks of


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OTOY’s New Model Brings 20,000 GPUs into Cloud

OTOY's OctaneRender of Audi R8. Credit: Jan Kudelasek

From its early days, the main focus for OTOY was disruption of the visual effects industry (FX). Split between quick-but-unreliable rasterizing and slow-but-correct ray-tracing, both computer games and movies suffer from the same fate when it comes to rendering physically and perspective-correct worlds. OTOY is working on changing that through their Octane Renderer and Brigade, mixed RT/ROP engine. However, OTOY did not want to stop at creating a physically correct graphics engine. During our visit at the company’s HQ in 2013, OTOY was working on initial deployment of Kepler-based graphics cards, with an initial target of deploying 3,000 GPUs for their cloud rendering business. Under the


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Nvidia Mezzanine NVLink Connector, Tesla P100 Pictured

Inventec Single POWER8 processor with two Tesla P100

In  a way, the 2016 GPU Technology Conference represented a ‘coming of age’ for Nvidia, where the company finally established their first proprietary standard that gained immediate industry traction with none other than IBM. The NVLink interconnect, and the Mezzanine connector represent the first custom interfaces (outside of BGA packaging for their silicon) Nvidia designed. Given that IBM’s OpenPOWER conference is taking place at the same time as GTC, we searched for more details about the Mezzanine connector and the NVLink itself, and stumbled on quite an interesting amount of details. First and foremost, ever Pascal (Tesla P100) and Volta (Tesla V100) product that utilizes the NVLink


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Nvidia Launches NVLink Standard with IBM

At the 2016 GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia finally unveiled the Pascal GPU architecture. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the GPU aren’t the capabilities the Pascal architecture brings, but rather the first non-Intel driven high-end bandwidth interface since AMD launched HyperTransport in 2001. NVLink standard launched in 2014, when IBM announced its tie up with Nvidia to bring the high-speed interconnect to the market. The goal of NVLink is to remove its future GPU architectures from the dependencies of PCI Express, and achieve maximum bandwidth. If NVLink was replaced with 100% PCIe lanes, the design simply would not be as efficient in terms of lines needed, and would


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AMD Unveils FirePro S9300 X2 with a Supercomputer Design Win

AMD FirePro S9300 X2

Recently, we posted an in-depth story detailing the birth of Radeon Pro Duo. As we all probably know, AMD created two designs for the dual Fiji GPU. In the end, AMD brought just a single design to market and a server grade one to boot. The company just introduced the FirePro S9300 X2, sharing the same server-grade design as the Radeon Pro Duo, with the main difference being that the FirePro model was clocked down in order to allow for optimal operation using server-grade air cooling. Given that S9300 X2 is rated at 46 GLOPS/Watt and operates within 300 Watt thermal limit (302W to be


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Nvidia Launches Updated Quadro M6000 with 24GB Memory

Nvidia GM200 Silicon, Maxwell GPU architecture

As the time for GPU Technology Conference approaches, Nvidia is starting to unveil products that will be hotly discussed in sessions. One such example is Quadro M6000 24GB. This graphics card comes as an answer to customer demands for more on-board memory, satisfying the demands across the board. For example Deadpool’s opening sequence was visualized on the Quadro M6000 12GB, using the same assets in the final render. Expanding on that, 24 GB of on-board memory enables the content creators to take one step further, as seen in the upcoming Angry Birds movie. “At Sony Pictures Imageworks, we regularly push the limits of our ability to display


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Seagate Presents World’s Fastest SSDs

Seagate Logo, Cupertino HQ

Seven months ago, Steve Luczo (CEO) stated that “there is no one that is using SSDs for storage.” This statement still haunts Seagate Technologies, LLC to this date, even though it was out of context. “I mean, maybe at the margin for replacing boot drives… I mean, maybe one or three per cent of the hierarchy is SSDs for storage. Most of our flash product is actually not hanging off the storage bus, it is fast memory.” As it usually goes, the dismissive statements come at the time when you know that you have a good thing coming down the line, but you need to hold the fort.


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AMD Announces New Embedded Processors

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At the Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, AMD announced the third generation of Embedded G-Series and LX SoCs, hoping to provide customers a broadened portfolio of performance options. The latest offerings expand ability to scale x86 platforms, starting with the entry-level AMD Embedded G-Series LX SoC, which is pin compatible to the previous generation of SoC devices. Besides low-power processors, AMD also announced two higher performing SoCs, codenamed “Prairie Falcon” and “Brown Falcon,” which introduce pin compatibility between G-Series processors and high-performance AMD Embedded R-Series SoCs. The new products expand upon AMD’s low power capabilities, bringing scalable performance, power, and price across the CPU, GPU, multimedia, and I/O controller hardware, helping to lower


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AMD ZEN CPU and APU Specs Confirmed?


It looks like 2016 is turning into a year of anticipation and redemption for AMD, not just to its consumers, but also to customers which purchased millions of dollars of AMD hardware in the past, and then felt left out. We all saw Oak Ridge National Laboratories, one of first Opteron adopters – ditching a decade old AMD collaboration for IBM+NVIDIA team up. Luckily for all involved, AMD seems to have finally “get their s*** together” and started a sales campaign which might be the most successful since Henri Richard led the sales team taking over more than 50% market share from Intel (albeit only in 4P and 8P


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AMD Launches its Virtual GPU

AMD FirePro Virtualization

Several years after NVIDIA launched its GRID vGPU architecture, AMD is entering the graphics virtualization market with its FirePro S7150 and S7150 x2 graphics processors. This is probably the last product AMD is launching utilizing its Tonga GPU architecture, also known as ‘Volcanic Islands’ or ‘GCN 1.2’ family of products. FirePro S7150 packs a single Tonga GPU and 8GB of ECC GDDR5 memory, while as the name says, FirePro S7150 x2 (why the small ‘x’?) is a dual-GPU with two Tonga GPUs and 16GB of ECC GDDR5 memory. Hardware capabilities are quite impressive – the products in question can support up to 16 users per GPU. By taking a GPGPU


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BOXX Launches the Most Advanced PC in the World?

APEXX 5 Front Panel.

Buying a compute device – be that a personal computer, workstation or a server, typically comes with a certain set of features which does not change. All workstation vendors for example, offer 1-4 expansion cards, typically a GPU and computational or storage cards. Those features are limited by what motherboard vendors can offer, and ATX/eATX/SSI standards can offer up to X amount of cards. BOXX Technologies decided to challenge that by launching APEXX 5, a custom designed system which can host up to seven expansion cards. For example, a Quadro GPU for sync/display output and five Tesla boards for compute. If you go with Dual-GPU boards, such as Tesla