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With the announcement of the June 2015 Green500™ List, we are proud to share that AMD supports one of the top 5 most energy efficient super computers in the world. The L-CSC Cluster at the GSI research facility, powered by our AMD FirePro™ S9150 server GPUs, was ranked in the fourth spot among the world’s energy efficient super computers. In addition to being in the top 5, we remain the No. 1 commercially available solution, while also retaining the top spot as the No. 1 air-cooled solution in the world for energy efficiency. Our server GPUs are a compelling solution for high performance compute (HPC) because of the exceptional performance-per-watt, single- and double-precision compute and the rise of OpenCL™, the open standard for parallel programming. The AMD FirePro™ S9150 server GPU’s ability to crunch complex datasets were critical to the L-CSC cluster, installed at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH research facility in Darmstadt, Germany.


We are pleased to be recognized yet again as one of the key HPC components in the GSI L-CSC Cluster. Helping the GSI L-CSC Cluster take one of the top five spots on the Green500 List validates the innovation of AMD FirePro™ professional GPUs to deliver exceptional performance, outstanding energy efficiency, and to provide our partners with leading-edge solutions to enable critical new workloads of tomorrow.


The GSI L-CSC Cluster enables Lattice Quantum Chromo Dynamics (Lattice QCD) computational research using one of the fastest OpenCL™ implementations for research applications in the world. Memory bandwidth and memory capacity were extremely important and a main criteria for the L-CSC Cluster according to Dr. David Rohr, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies; memory bandwidth determines the performance capabilities within the application and memory capacity defines the maximum lattice size that can be computed. The GSI Cluster was able to deliver great memory bandwidth and sufficient memory capacities using the AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU. The GSI L-CSC Cluster leverages 640 AMD FirePro™ S9150 server GPUs, each providing 16GB GDDR5 memory and 320GB/s memory bandwidth. In total, the configuration equates to 160 compute nodes and 3.25 petaFLOPS of peak single precision compute.


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Dr. David Rohr, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, explains the benefits of AMD FirePro™ GPUs in the GSI L-CSC Cluster (


The AMD FirePro™ S9150 server GPU is one of the fastest and most power-efficient single GPU boards available today. Our family of AMD FirePro S-series products is designed to reliably support large multi-GPU clusters to address the kinds of large computational projects enabled at the GSI research facility. The recognition on the Green500 List distinguishes AMD Professional GPUs for pushing the boundaries of innovation in energy efficiency and performance-per-FLOPS, including enhancing overall system performance and efficiency through AMD’s industry-leading parallel GPU processing.


JC Baratault is Sr. Development Manager for HPC GPU Computing at AMD. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.


AMD, the AMD Arrow logo and FirePro are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. OpenCL and the OpenCL logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. used by permission by Khronos

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Developers traveling to Boston for the Red Hat Summit, one of the industry’s premier open source technology events, are in for a treat! They will get a sneak peek at some exciting new 64-bit ARM® development platforms featuring the AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series processor (codenamed “Seattle”). 


How would you like an affordable and compact 160x120mm board to jump start your development efforts with AArch64? AMD and Linaro have been collaborating to develop a 96Boards Enterprise Edition (EE) specification that is ideal for the individual developer. Targeting the server and networking markets, the board will feature a 4-core AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor with two SO-DIMM memory slots, PCIe®, USB, SATA, and Gigabit Ethernet capabilities. Popular operating systems such as CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM Development Preview are targeted for use with this particular board. Additional software downloads, updates, and a forum for software developers will be available via the 96Boards web site. The board is slated to be available in 2H 2015 from distribution partners worldwide and it will be supported through the Linaro Enterprise Group’s site.


If you are looking for a more traditional server-type development environment, AMD is also showcasing a sleek 1U half-depth rack mount developer system by SoftIron, an enterprise technology innovation company based in the UK. This system, which targets more robust development and application testing environments, will be running proof-of-concept demos during the Red Hat Summit of Hadoop big data framework and the Ceph storage platform on the just announced Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM Development Preview. The SoftIron system features an 8-core AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor, two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 8 SATA3 ports, 8 lanes of PCIe Gen3, and advanced memory characteristics. Systems are scheduled to be available from SoftIron in 2H 2015. SoftIron is dedicated to developing next generation enterprise computing products and has been collaborating with AMD on low power, highly efficient platforms that utilize the AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor.


Red Hat has a long track record of developing open source software and driving standards for 64-bit ARM architecture in a collaborative and transparent environment. The Red Hat Summit will feature several sessions focused on ARM technology including Developing Red Hat Enterprise Linux for 64-bit ARM: Platform standardization for customer success by Jon Masters and Yan Fisher on Wednesday, June 24.


We are excited about the role the AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor is playing in accelerating the 64-bit ARM server ecosystem. The upcoming 96Board EE and SoftIron development platforms are the perfect vehicles for broadening development activities. Come see for yourself - these platforms are on display at Red Hat Summit at the AMD booth (1220) and ARM booth (1216).


Michael Detwiler is a Product Marketing Manager for the AMD Server Business Unit. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

It’s always a great day when we can talk about our successful technology partnerships in the thin client space, and today is a great day! I’m happy to report that the AMD G-Series SoC has just been incorporated into the latest thin client designs from Hewlett-Packard, the mt245 and t420. The thin clients make use of dual- and quad-core AMD System-on-Chip (SoC) parts that couple high performance compute and graphics capability in a highly integrated low power design. The SoCs improve data transfer rates and save space on the motherboard, which makes them a perfect fit for the compact form factors required by thin clients.


These wins build on the strong momentum we’ve seen for thin clients, offering another example of our leadership and number one share in a market that continues to grow, becoming more and more prevalent in commercial installations around the world.  


Thin clients offer many advantages to companies needing robust, energy efficient functionality with a small footprint. The units are well suited to a variety of industries including education, healthcare, large enterprise and call centers. They are also ideal for task workers and for industrial applications in rugged environments. By depending on a remote server for computation, thin clients are also very good for remote workers who need full PC capabilities.


The AMD G-Series SoCs are part of the Embedded G-Series of high-performance, low-power parts built to handle embedded applications. The processors combine graphics computing engines with x86-based central processing cores in the same accelerated processing unit (APU) design. They provide advanced levels of power efficient graphics and compute capabilities in the market.


AMD provides thin client solution designers the flexibility to create scalable, low-cost and power efficient x86 based products, while integrating a rich mix of IO into their systems without compromising performance, software compatibility, or features. “The AMD G-Series SoC provides HP thin clients with enhanced security, value and unmatched performance," said Jeff Groudan, worldwide director of HP's Thin Client product management team.


AMD thin client solutions are gaining more attention today with the move to cloud-based computing. Increasingly, thin clients are being used for more complex and higher performance tasks. This is especially true for devices incorporating x86 CPUs and sophisticated graphics. The surge of innovation in the desktop virtualization market has created new opportunities for powerful thin clients. Leveraging technologies such as multimedia redirection to take advantage of the hardware accelerators in the AMD G-Series SoCs, thin clients are now capable of executing demanding tasks including computer-aided design and 3D modeling. Other technologies now being deployed in thin clients, such as Power-over-Ethernet, also create new opportunities supporting a less cluttered, more space efficient deployment model.


I expect these trends will continue for the foreseeable future as demand grows for higher graphics and compute needs coupled with requirements for lower total cost of ownership and reduced energy consumption. The future is bright for AMD-based thin clients.


Stephen Turnbull is Director of Thin Client Vertical, AMD Embedded Solutions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.