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AMD outs Roadrunner mainboard for Open Compute

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Thu May 03 2012, 14:19

CHIP DESIGNER AMD has announced its Roadrunner mainboard as part of its Open Compute project contribution that supports its Bulldozer and upcoming Piledriver Opterons.

AMD's Roadrunner motherboard is pitched towards financial firms looking to sift through large amounts of data in order to make bets with other people's money. The Roadrunner motherboard supports AMD's current generation Opteron 6000 series Bulldozer processors.

The Open Compute initiative tries to strip servers down to their bare essentials to reduce costs and improve the manageability and energy efficiency of servers. AMD said component distribution on its Roadrunner motherboard can be altered depending on use cases while supporting 1U, 1.5U, 2U and 3U rackmount chassis.

While AMD pitched its Roadrunner motherboard for financial institutions to use, the firm was also keen to stress that it can be configured to meet other requirements. Lisa Su, SVP and GM of Global Business Units at AMD said, "The Roadrunner board is highly flexible and can be configured to support general purpose, cloud, high-performance compute, and storage processing workloads."

AMD defined the HPC configuration of its Roadrunner board as having one DIMM per channel, using Opteron processors with TDP ratings of up to 140W and supporting up to six SATA hard disk drives through the Southbridge controller. AMD said the board will fit into a 1U rackmount chassis.

AMD defined general purpose and storage configurations to fit in 2U and 3U chassis, respectively, which have cooling for 140W Opteron parts and support three DIMMs per channel. Both configurations support up to 24 serial attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk drives.

Intel has yet to update its Open Compute motherboard design, which looks tame compared to AMD's latest Roadrunner motherboard. However given that firms such as Facebook are pushing Open Compute, it's unlikely that Intel will wait too long before showing off its next contribution, considering the potential sales volume. µ


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