[Beowulf] More AMD rumors
prentice.bisbal at rutgers.edu
Tue Nov 20 14:03:28 PST 2012
On 11/19/2012 06:04 PM, Christopher Samuel wrote:
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> On 20/11/12 01:28, Douglas Eadline wrote:
>> Though not formally announced, Semiaccurate seems to have learned
>> that AMD is leaving the X86 server business.
> Whilst sad (and possibly inaccurate) it wouldn't surprise me if they
> did that in the long term and turned AMD into an ARM& GPU company.
> They've already announced 64-bit ARM "Opteron" server CPUs.
> ARM is where the market seems to be going, this ZDnet article points
> out that *Android* device shipments alone now outnumber *PC* shipments
> at a ratio of 3:2 :
> Given that Beowulf was (originally) all about using commodity
> components over specialised ones then I'd argue that ARM has replaced
> x86 as commodity CPUs, just not in a form factor we're used to using
> (and certainly not yet with the RAM we need).
My observations at SC12 definitely support this. ARM had a small 10 x 10
booth on the outskirts of the exhibit floor, and it was one of the
busiest booths I saw all week at SC12. Nearby were the Calxeda and
Boston booths. For those of you who don't know, Calxeda actually makes
ARM products, and Boston resells an ARM-based server made by Calxeda.
It's clear that many people are interested in HPC on ARM.
As far as the amount of RAM we need, 64-bit ARM is here, but it will be
a while before products trickle down to us, most likely not before some
time in 2014, and that's coming directly from the people in booths I
As far as 32-bit ARM, it seems like some of the big vendors are already
(or are about to) offering ARM products. I saw an ARM server from HP and
heard of a Dell ARM-based server at the Calxeda booth.
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