AMD to Accelerate the ARM Server Ecosystem With the First ARM-Based CPU and Development Platform From a Server Processor Vendor

Also Announ짯ces ARM-Based Open Com짯pu짯te Micro-Ser짯ver Board and OCP Contribution

SAN JOSE, CA 01/28/14 Open Com짯pu짯te Sum짯mit V AMD (NYSE: AMD) today added a major new mile짯stone to its list of semi짯nal deve짯lo짯p짯ments in ser짯ver tech짯no짯lo짯gy. The com짯pa짯ny dis짯play짯ed a com짯pre짯hen짯si짯ve deve짯lo짯p짯ment plat짯form for its first 64-bit ARM짰-based ser짯ver CPU, fabri짯ca짯ted using 28 nano짯me짯ter pro짯cess tech짯no짯lo짯gy, the first from an estab짯lished ser짯ver ven짯dor. AMD also announ짯ced the immi짯nent sam짯pling of the ARM-based pro짯ces짯sor, named the AMD Opte짯ron꽓 A1100 Series, and a deve짯lo짯p짯ment plat짯form, which includes an eva짯lua짯ti짯on board and a com짯pre짯hen짯si짯ve soft짯ware suite. In addi짯ti짯on, AMD announ짯ced that it would be con짯tri짯bu짯ting to the Open Com짯pu짯te Pro짯ject a new micro-ser짯ver design using the AMD Opte짯ron A멣eries, as part of the com짯mon slot archi짯tec짯tu짯re spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on for mother짯boards dub짯bed 쏥roup Hug.

The AMD Opte짯ron A멣eries pro짯ces짯sor, code짯na짯med 쏶eat짯tle, will sam짯ple this quar짯ter along with a deve짯lo짯p짯ment plat짯form that will make soft짯ware design on the industry셲 pre짯mier ARM-based ser짯ver CPU quick and easy. AMD is col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ting with indus짯try lea짯ders to enable a robust 64-bit soft짯ware eco짯sys짯tem for ARM-based designs from com짯pi짯lers and simu짯la짯tors to hyper짯vi짯sors, ope짯ra짯ting sys짯tems and appli짯ca짯ti짯on soft짯ware, in order to address key workloads in Web-tier and sto짯rage data cen짯ter envi짯ron짯ments. The AMD Opte짯ron A멣eries deve짯lo짯p짯ment plat짯form will be sup짯port짯ed by a broad set of tools and soft짯ware inclu짯ding a stan짯dard UEFI boot and Linux envi짯ron짯ment based on the Fedo짯ra Pro짯ject, a Red Hat-spon짯so짯red, com짯mu짯ni짯ty-dri짯ven Linux distribution.

The needs of the data cen짯ter are chan짯ging. A one-size-fits-all approach typi짯cal짯ly limits effi짯ci짯en짯cy and results in hig짯her-cost solu짯ti짯ons, said Suresh Gopa짯l짯a짯krish짯n짯an, cor짯po짯ra짯te vice pre짯si짯dent and gene짯ral mana짯ger of the AMD ser짯ver busi짯ness unit. 쏷he new ARM-based AMD Opte짯ron A멣eries pro짯ces짯sor brings the expe짯ri짯ence and tech짯no짯lo짯gy port짯fo짯lio of an estab짯lished ser짯ver pro짯ces짯sor ven짯dor to the ARM eco짯sys짯tem and pro짯vi짯des the ide짯al com짯ple짯ment to our estab짯lished AMD Opte짯ron x86 ser짯ver processors.

The AMD Opte짯ron A1100 Series pro짯ces짯sors support:

  • 4 or 8 core ARM Cortex꽓-A57 processors
  • Up to 4 MB of shared L2 and 8 MB of shared L3 cache
  • Con짯fi짯gura짯ble dual DDR3 or DDR4 memo짯ry chan짯nels with ECC at up to 1866 MT/second
  • Up to 4 SODIMM, UDIMM or RDIMMs
  • 8 lanes of PCI-Express짰 Gen 3 I/O
  • 8 Seri짯al ATA 3 ports
  • 2 10 Giga짯bit Ether짯net ports
  • ARM Trust짯Zo짯ne짰 tech짯no짯lo짯gy for enhan짯ced security
  • Cryp짯to and data com짯pres짯si짯on co-processors

The AMD Opte짯ron A멣eries deve짯lo짯p짯ment kit is packa짯ged in a Micro-ATX form fac짯tor and includes:

  • An AMD Opte짯ron A1100 Series processor
  • 4 Regis짯tered DIMM slots for up to 128GB of DDR3 DRAM
  • PCI Express짰 con짯nec짯tors con짯fi짯gura짯ble as a sin짯gle x8 or dual x4 ports
  • 8 Seri짯al-ATA connectors
  • Com짯pa짯ti짯bi짯li짯ty with stan짯dard power supplies
  • Abili짯ty to be used stand-alo짯ne or moun짯ted in stan짯dard rack-mount chassis
  • Stan짯dard UEFI boot environment
  • Linux envi짯ron짯ment based on Fedo짯ra, which pro짯vi짯des deve짯lo짯pers with a rich set of tools and applications 
    • Stan짯dard Linux GNU tool chain, inclu짯ding cross-deve짯lo짯p짯ment version
    • Plat짯form device drivers
    • Apa짯che web ser짯ver, MyS짯QL data짯ba짯se engi짯ne, and PHP scrip짯ting lan짯guage for deve짯lo짯ping robust web ser짯ving applications
    • Java 7 and Java 8 ver짯si짯ons to pro짯vi짯de deve짯lo짯pers to work in a 64-bit ARM environment

Sin짯ce 2012, AMD has been working with mem짯bers of the Lin짯a짯ro Enter짯pri짯se Group (LEG) on acce짯le짯ra짯ting the ARM ser짯ver eco짯sys짯tem, said Andrea Gal짯lo, LEG direc짯tor. 쏬inaro셲 work on boot archi짯tec짯tu짯re inclu짯ding UEFI and ACPI, as well as key core ser짯ver soft짯ware such as an opti짯mi짯zed LAMP stack and a best-in-class enter짯pri짯se qua짯li짯ty OpenJDK 8 Java imple짯men짯ta짯ti짯on deve짯lo짯ped in col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on with Red Hat, will enable AMD to deli짯ver dif짯fe짯ren짯tia짯ted and inno짯va짯ti짯ve hard짯ware solu짯ti짯ons pro짯vi짯ding indus짯try-lea짯ding per짯for짯mance and low-power pro짯ducts for the next gene짯ra짯ti짯on of data cen짯ter ser짯ver platforms.

AMD con짯ti짯nues to dri짯ve the evo짯lu짯ti짯on of the open-source data cen짯ter from visi짯on to rea짯li짯ty and bring choice among pro짯ces짯sor archi짯tec짯tures. It is con짯tri짯bu짯ting the new AMD Open CS 1.0 Com짯mon Slot design based on the AMD Opte짯ron A멣eries pro짯ces짯sor com짯pli짯ant with the new Com짯mon Slot spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on, also announ짯ced today, to the Open Com짯pu짯te Project.

Pre짯de짯fi짯ned, 쁮ne size fits all ser짯ver plat짯forms are giving way to cus짯to짯mi짯zed solu짯ti짯ons that deli짯ver high per짯for짯mance at the lowest power con짯sump짯ti짯on, said Frank Fran짯kovs짯ky, chair짯man and pre짯si짯dent of the Open Com짯pu짯te Pro짯ject. AMD셲 con짯tri짯bu짯ti짯on to the Open Com짯pu짯te Pro짯ject expands a gro짯wing port짯fo짯lio of OCP designs that enable uti짯liza짯ti짯on and effi짯ci짯en짯cy gains in data cen짯ter operations.

AMD셲 Andrew Feld짯man and Suresh Gopa짯l짯a짯krish짯n짯an, exe짯cu짯ti짯ves in the ser짯ver busi짯ness unit, will be hos짯ting a vir짯tu짯al press brie짯fing today at 1:30 p.m. PT/ 4:30 p.m. ET to dis짯cuss the AMD Opte짯ron A멣eries announce짯ment. Ian Drew, CMO of ARM, will also be on hand.

For more infor짯ma짯ti짯on plea짯se visit AMD셲 booth at the Open Com짯pu짯te Sum짯mit today and tomor짯row whe짯re the AMD Opteron멇 deve짯lo짯p짯ment kit, AMD Open CS 1.0 ser짯ver plat짯form and part짯ner tech짯no짯lo짯gies will be on display.

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