CHIP DESIGNER AMD managed to corral its big customers to bring supporting kit to its Bulldozer Opteron processors launch in Munich.
AMD's latest 8-core and 16-core Bulldozer processors are vital for the firm's enterprise ambitions. At the initial Opteron server chip launch in 2003, AMD was able to showcase some impressive hardware from Acer, Dell and HP.
Dell and HP in particular are extremely important to AMD, with HP bringing both standard 2U servers and a far more interesting blade server setup.
HP's BL 465 G7 blade server has two sockets per blade, with each blade having an impressive 16 DDR3 memory slots for a total capacity of 512GB. We didn't take a picture of the more mundane 2U server as it was being dismantled in front of our eyes, but flash storage outfit Fusion IO was busy showing how its 1.2TB Iodrive Duo card can be used in conjunction with AMD's latest processors to mitigate the storage bottleneck.
Dell tipped up with a very impressive 'dual' quad-socket server, which now supports a total of 128 cores in just 2U. The Dell Poweredge C6145 has 64 DDR3 slots supporting a total of 1TB of RAM, though on the machine being demoed, a mere 128GB was being shown. The four sockets you are seeing in the picture above is the top half or 1U of the server with everything being pretty much replicated beneath it. In terms of compute density, Dell's C6145 is a mighty impressive bit of kit.
Acer brought what seemed like a relatively mundane 2U dual-socket server called the AR385 F1 with the F1 being a reference to the firm's supply of server kit to the Ferrari F1 team. The 24 DIMM slots support up to a total of 192GB of DDR3 1066 or 1333 RAM.
AMD's partners have shown a small but impressive array of Bulldozer Opteron kit. Dell's 2U eight socket beast was arguably the most impressive of the lot on show in Munich, but AMD will know it needs more than just one vendor in its fight against Intel. Thankfully it has the might of HP also showing that its traditional rackmount and blade servers can make use of AMD's Bulldozer silicon. µ
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