Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

AMD Launches Open Compute Project Platform Specification for Financial Services

At the Open Compute Summit, AMD - a member of Open Compute and a leader in driving open standards - today unveiled a flexible and innovative Open Compute Project server platform specification, codenamed "Roadrunner," to enable power-efficient, cost-effective solutions. "Roadrunner" is specifically designed to meet the general purpose compute, cloud infrastructure, high-performance compute and storage needs of the financial services industry. This move is in line with the Open Compute Project's mission of driving further innovation and greater energy efficiency in infrastructure technology.

Incorporating feedback from financial customers, the "Roadrunner" motherboard specification is intended to integrate the features that the financial services industry demands into a dense platform, stripping out unnecessary components and optimizing the most important ones. Using the AMD Opteron 6000 Series processors, which offer the highest memory capacity and bandwidth operation in the AMD family, "Roadrunner" is a feature-correct motherboard that is also extremely energy-efficient and slashes total cost of ownership (TCO).

"By working with the industry to move technology forward, rather than focusing on proprietary solutions, AMD has both strengthened and gained momentum through collaboration. AMD is once again leading the charge by driving the Open Compute initiative into new markets with our 'Roadrunner' board specification, optimized for financial services," says Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Business Units, AMD. "Moreover, the 'Roadrunner' board is highly flexible and can be configured to support general purpose, cloud, high-performance compute, and storage processing workloads."

"Roadrunner" is a single platform with two configurations: one for HPC and a second configuration that suits general purpose, cloud infrastructure and storage servers for a total of four applications. The specification currently includes the following features:

- 16" x 16.5" motherboard;
- Component population options depending on target usage;
- Flexible form-factor support including 1U, 1.5U, 2U and 3U;
- Open Machine Management, cost effective options depending on requirements;
- Supports traditional rack and Open Rack infrastructures;
- Support for the full portfolio of AMD Opteron 6000 Series processors with highest memory capacity and bandwidth operation.

"Like the success and dynamics of open source software, open source hardware enables open access to a broad range of engineering and technology talent, and a new rate of innovation and standards creation," says George Brady, Executive Vice President, Technology Infrastructure, Fidelity Investments. "We are very encouraged by the commitment to open standards and flexible solutions that we see in the 'Roadrunner' specification."

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4 Comments on AMD Launches Open Compute Project Platform Specification for Financial Services

Who cares. We need IPC. More memory wont help poor performance enough to mean squat.
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Steevo said:
Who cares. We need IPC. More memory wont help poor performance enough to mean squat.
Please define IPC, since you're slamming AMD, whom is winning on the server front.

Silicon is becoming maxed out (economically speaking, can only make them so big and power hungry). Adding (smaller) cores and utilizing them efficiently is currently the solution vs monolothic dies/cores. Core scaling is AMD's game and it shows on server.

Intel will continue to spend the GDP of a small country on fabs to keep shrinking so they can fit mores and keep the power envelope down, but there's a wall coming where even intel won't be able to use money against it.
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Instruction Per Clock (Cycle)

Pretty standard stuff.

AMD is behind Intel by around 20%. They require more power to run a higher frequency to achieve the same workload processing capability, and only beat Intel on price, and a few new instructions.

I can't blame them, they made a flop, and are selling it they way they should, but everyone with a working knowledge of PC/Server hardware knows they are behind, and purchasing companies to help push the brand. Good business, mediocre products.
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If I threw billions on making a fishing pole, I'd likely have the best fishing pole in the world. It'd set it's own hook and reel the fish by itself.
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