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AMD Opteron processors codenamed “Warsaw” provide upgrade path for AMD Open 3.0 Open Compute servers

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Opteron_6300.jpgAMD has been giving customers what they want since 2003 with our AMD Opteron™ Series processors, one of the industry’s most powerful, energy-efficient and cost-effective processors. Today, AMD continues to give enterprise users what they want with two new AMD Opteron™ 6300 processors, codenamed “Warsaw” that are optimized for the AMD Open 3.0 Open Compute platform.

The AMD Opteron™ 6338P and 6370P are designed to meet demanding performance per-watt, per-dollar requirements that are at the heart of server buying decisions. Both processors are being released today with 12 and 16 x86 cores, respectively, and are based on the proven "Piledriver" architecture and supporting quad-channel DDR3 memory.

For customers deploying hundreds or thousands of servers, the little details add up, and AMD designed the AMD Opteron 6338P and 6370P in response to customer feedback. Customers wanted a high-performance, power-efficient and cost-effective enterprise-grade processor that meets the growing requirements of virtualized workloads, such as complex data analysis and xSQL database servers– exactly what AMD Opteron 6338P and 6370P are best at.

The AMD Opteron 6338P is a 12-core processor with a base frequency of 2.3 GHz, which can run at up to 2.8 GHz using AMD Turbo CORE technology. The AMD Opteron 6370P is a 16-core processor with a base frequency of 2.0 GHz that can be boosted to 2.5 GHz with AMD Turbo CORE technology. Both processors have a power band of 99 watts.

For many enterprises, “rip-and-replace” is not a viable option, so our goal is to extend the useful life of existing infrastructures. That’s why the AMD Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors maintain socket and software compatibility with existing AMD Opteron 6300 processors. This enables enterprises to drop the new Opteron processors into servers that already run G34 socket AMD Opteron 6300 processors, including the AMD Open 3.0 Open Compute platform.

Facebook started the Open Compute Project to bring “open source” hardware to the fore, similar to open source software. The goal is to provide a forum where companies can contribute efficient and economical data center infrastructure ideas and designs. AMD's long-term contribution to the Open Compute Project manifests itself in the AMD Open 3.0 platform that offers significant total cost of ownership (TCO) savings for some workloads. The TCO of a server encompasses the hardware, power to run as well as cool the systems, and support and management.

The Open Compute Project offers enterprises the opportunity to pick pieces of equipment from multiple vendors and have them work together as they are designed to a single specification. It also helps unburden enterprises from management tools that only work with a single vendor's hardware. AMD's Open 3.0 platform provides best of breed hardware, combining more than a decade of experience in producing 64-bit x86 processors with a platform that meets open industry standards. All of this translates into a win for the customer with increased choice, amazing manageability and outstanding TCO.

AMD Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are available from Penguin and Avnet and have been qualified for use in Sugon and Supermicro servers.

Lawrence Latif is the Manager of Technical Communications at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. 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.

*Originally Posted by llatif in AMD Business on Jan 22, 2014 7:28:00 AM