Second Life plays AMD vs. Intel

Second Life plays AMD vs. Intel

Summary: During a session exploring Second Life at the AMD Global Vision Conference, Linden Lab CTO Cory Ondrejka (pictured below) outlined the basics of the virtual world, which he said attracted 750,000 users in August and is growing at 15 percent per month. Unfortunately for AMD, Ondrejka said that his company has switched from AMD dual core Operton’s to Intel’s new Core Duo chips, which he said have a superior CPU/$ ratio, including the cost of power to run servers.

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During a session exploring Second Life at the AMD Global Vision Conference, Linden Lab CTO Cory Ondrejka (pictured below) outlined the basics of the virtual world, which he said attracted 750,000 users in August and is growing at 15 percent per month. Unfortunately for AMD, Ondrejka said that his company has switched from AMD dual core Operton’s to Intel’s new Core Duo chips, which he said have a superior CPU/$ ratio, including the cost of power to run servers. However, he threw AMD a bone, saying that he was looking forward the quad-core AMD chips, which aren't due until mid-2007.

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I asked AMD CTO Phil Hester when he would get Second Life back in the fold. He acknowledged the horserace, and noted that Second Life's benchmarks are atypical--100 percent utilization on a 24x7 basis. Hester hopes that Ondrejka will take a look at the new Rev F Opterons, which add new AMD-V virtualization technology and Double Data Rate (DDR2) memory. Intel also has hardware virtualization and is FB-DIMM (fully buffered dual inline memory modules), a sequel to DDR2 that provides higher capacity.

Ondrejka, of course, likes the competition between AMD and Intel. It pushes the technology, drives up performance in Second Life's 250 square miles of virtual world and lowers the cost to deliver the bits.

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  • Correction

    [i]Intel also has hardware virtualization and is FB-DIMM (fully buffered dual inline memory modules), a sequel to DDR2 that provides higher capacity.[/i]

    FB-DIMM isn't a sequel to DDR2. FB-DIMM is packaging [i]for[/i] DDR2. Every FB-DIMM modules is loaded with DDR2 chips, plus an AMB [1]. This lets the system builder hang a lot more memory on a system controller, but at the cost of quite a bit of latency plus boatloads of power.

    It's effectively a workaround to Intel's dependence on front-side bus architectures; AMD gets the same result with better performance by hanging the DDR2 directly off the processor. After years of trash-talking this approach, Intel has quietly added it to their roadmap.

    [1] Advanced Memory Buffer.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Tech is tech

    I say whatever SL wants to do, it should do it... AMD or Intel.

    http://opendomain.blogspot.com/
    opensourcepro
  • AMD versus Intel

    I think that everyone in business or for personal use, should stick with AMD. Intel might come up with a chip that is a little bit faster, but it is a sure thing that AMD's response will always be a better, faster, and more reliable chip and product. My money is on AMD !
    Condor ;-}
    CONDORZD13
    • Intel versus AMD

      I think that everyone in business or for personal use, should stick with Intel. AMD might come up with a chip that is a little bit faster, but it is a sure thing that Intel's response will always be a better, faster, and more reliable chip and product. My money is on Intel !
      Somebody who isn't Condor ;-}

      Lesson: When a message could be so easily be reversed like that, its value is pretty much close to zip
      Gigahurt
  • Intel blog posts

    A couple of my co-workers from Intel have posted blog entries on this topic.

    http://or1cedar.cps.intel.com/ISN/Community/en-US/blogs/for_developers/archive/2006/10/02/30224688.aspx

    http://or1cedar.cps.intel.com/ISN/Community/en-US/blogs/for_developers/archive/2006/10/02/30224687.aspx
    myideas