Tag: X86

IBM Power8 Outperforms x86 on Financial Benchmarks

Jun 9, 2015 |

If you’ve been waiting for a formal evaluation of the IBM Power8 architecture on common financial workloads, then look no further. According to results shared at the STAC Summit on June 4, an IBM Power8-based system server delivered more than twice the performance of the best-in-class x86 counterpart when running a set of standard financial industry benchmarks. Sumit Read more…

AMD Refreshes Roadmap, Transitions Back to HPC

May 7, 2015 |

AMD revealed key elements of its multi-year strategy as part of its 2015 Financial Analyst Day event in New York on Wednesday. Out of the gate, CEO Lisa Su acknowledged the company’s recent challenges, pointing to a weak PC market and market share losses, before turning her attention to the game plan that AMD is Read more…

CERN Researchers Explore x86 Alternatives

Oct 28, 2014 |

Energy consumption has become a constraining feature on the growth of computing systems, such that the industry has shifted its focus from pure performance to performance-per-watt. As a result, there is increased interest in newer chip architectures that emphasize energy efficiency. An international group of researchers with ties to CERN are especially concerned with the effect these power constraints Read more…

IBM Offers Glimpse into Future of HPC Investments

Jun 24, 2014 |

This week at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC14) one of the more frequent topics of conversation has been the revised role that some expect IBM might play following the Lenovo x86 business acquisition—and how their investment in high performance computing might change following the transition. There’s little wonder this topic is on everyone’s lips, especially Read more…

IBM’s New Deal Captures Refocused HPC Strategy

Jan 29, 2014 |

It’s been quite a month of news for IBM, with the sale of its x86 business to Lenovo, followed by some intense questioning about what this means for their vision (and future) with HPC customers in academia and government in particular. And while some might call this the centerpiece of a shift in strategy, something Read more…

Will HPC Shops Accept Lenovo as Their System Supplier?

Jan 23, 2014 |

The rumors are confirmed at long last and Chinese PC and server maker Lenovo Group is buying IBM’s x86 server business for $2.3 billion. What does this mean for the HPC community? IBM sells x86 clusters into the broad HPC community and also peddles BlueGene/Q massively parallel systems based on its PowerPC processors as well Read more…

Jordan Unveils PS3-based Supercomputer

Mar 7, 2013 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/IMAN1small.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”95″ />The Jordanian government has requisitioned a custom-built supercomputer, which is now being used by universities across the country. What it’s made of may be surprising – but it’s not unprecedented.

AMD Brings New 16-Core Opterons to Market

Nov 5, 2012 |

Chipmaker unveils Opteron 6300 series — same core count, more performance.

AMD Unveils 64-Bit ARM Strategy

Nov 1, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/AMD_ARM_logo_200x.jpg” alt=”” width=”121″ height=”42″ />On Monday, AMD announced it is adding ARM-based Opterons to its portfolio, the first non-x86 server chips in the company’s history. The new processors, due out in 2014, will use 64-bit ARM SoCs on top of its SeaMicro Freedom Fabric technology, and will be aimed at the datacenter and cloud space.

AMD Unveils 64-Bit ARM Strategy

Nov 1, 2012 |

On Monday, AMD announced it is adding ARM-based Opterons to its portfolio, the first non-x86 server chips in the company’s history. The new processors, due out in 2014, will use 64-bit ARM SoCs on top of its SeaMicro Freedom Fabric technology, and will be aimed at the datacenter and cloud space.

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