According to IDC, “The datacenter must serve as the primary point of engagement and information exchange with employees, partners, and customers in today’s interconnected world.”* This belief has long been the basis for our innovation at AMD and it resonated once again at our 2015 Financial Analyst Day, where our leaders shared a renewed vision and a clear plan to build on our pioneering heritage.
Making this happen means bringing competitive solutions back to the datacenter. At the forefront of this is “Zen,” AMD’s completely new high-performance x86 core design. The next-generation AMD Opteron™ processors will be based on the “Zen” core and will include some exciting enhancements, including simultaneous multithreading (SMT) for high throughput, disruptive memory bandwidth, and high native I/O capacity.
Our work developing server silicon also includes investments in ARM® Ltd’s 64-bit ARMv8 architecture to encourage innovation in a way not seen since the introduction of AMD64. Our goal? Allow engineers to more efficiently serve key workloads such as web hosting, networking, and cold storage. Delivering on this goal begins with our ARM Cortex®-A57-powered AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series Processors (codenamed “Seattle”). As innovative developers find new uses for “Seattle” and the ARM software ecosystem continues to grow, we will also be honing our next-generation ARM processors, based on the custom “K12” core. While “K12” will leverage many of the advances in our x86 development, how we develop this core will be based on the demands of our ecosystem to balance high performance with real-world efficiency.
Complementing advancements in x86 and ARM, we continue to think of revolutionary technologies that will drive datacenter evolution. AMD introduced the APU in 2011, bringing together the CPU and GPU on chip. Now think about AMD bringing APU to the heart of the datacenter. Building on previous advancements, we are focused on driving server technology to support HPC and machine learning leadership through a high-performance APU that lowers the barrier for developers to use GPU acceleration and delivers massive improvements to vector applications with scale-up graphics performance, HSA enablement, and optimized memory architecture.
From next generation AMD Opteron and ARM processors to server APU, our datacenter solutions will continue to be the optimal balance of power and performance. We are committed to enabling the ecosystem with differentiated solutions, fostering rapid innovation through an open and partner-friendly approach, and leveraging our strengths in high-performance CPU and GPU to deliver cutting-edge technologies that help our customer push the boundaries.
If we had to sum up Financial Analyst Day 2015, it would be that we are the infrastructure for the next wave. As new workloads emerge with shifting performance demands, we are uniquely qualified to answer the call with solutions that optimize your datacenter, satisfy your users, and drive your business forward.
*Worldwide Datacenter Census and Construction 2014-2018 Forecast: Aging Enterprise Datacenters and the Accelerating Service Provider Buildout (Doc #251830), IDC
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