Thursday, 09 March 2017 16:31

AMD Naples targets servers and data centres


AMD has revealed plans for its Naples line of x86 processors with more cores, more memory capacity, and more I/O than current offerings.

The company has taken a significant step into the server and data centre market with its most detailed look yet at the upcoming high-performance CPU for servers, codenamed Naples which, it says, are designed to disrupt the status quo and scale across the cloud data centre and traditional on-premise server configurations.

Naples delivers the new “Zen” x86 processing engine in configurations of up to 32 cores. It offers superior memory bandwidth and more high-speed input/output (I/O) channels in a single-chip – there is nothing comparable in today’s server market. The first processors are scheduled to be available in Q2 2017, with volume availability in the second half of the year through OEMs and channel partners.

Forrest Norrod, senior vice-president and general manager, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-custom business unit, AMD, said “AMD is reasserting its position as an innovator in the data centre and offering choice in high-performance server CPUs. Naples is a completely new approach to supporting massive processing requirements. This system-on-chip delivers the high-performance features required to address highly virtualised environments, massive data sets and new, emerging workloads.”

The new AMD server processor exceeds today’s top competitive offering on critical parameters, with up to 45% more cores, 60% more I/O, and 122% more memory bandwidth.

Matt Eastwood, senior vice-president, Enterprise Infrastructure and Data Centre, IDC, said, “It is exciting to see AMD back in the server conversation with a new CPU and a sound strategy for why it is the right processor for the modern data centre and the cloud computing era. Looking at the product details announced today, it sounds like a compelling combination that will give IT buyers a unique new option to consider when making their next upgrade.”

Naples features:

  • A highly scalable, 32-core System on Chip (SoC) design, with support for two high-performance threads per core.
  • Class-leading memory bandwidth, with 8-channels of memory per Naples device. In a 2-socket server, support for up to 32 DIMMS of DDR4 on 16 memory channels, delivering up to 4 terabytes of total memory capacity.
  • The processor is a complete SoC with fully integrated, high-speed I/O supporting 128 lanes of PCIe 34, negating the need for a separate chipset.
  • A highly-optimised cache structure for high-performance, energy-efficient computing.
  • AMD Infinity Fabric coherent interconnect for two “Naples” CPUs in a 2-socket system (total 128 threads).
  • Dedicated security hardware.


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Ray Shaw  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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