Version 2.5 of the company's Accelerated Parallel Processing OpenCL toolkit lets developers tap into AMD's A-Series Fusion processors with faster CPU-to-GPU data throughput
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There’s a lot to be said for the modern data centre movement, and the trend away from power-hungry inefficient racks of under-utilised servers. Virtualisation lets you pack more and more functionality onto each CPU, saving space and power (at the expense of a little more cooling, or a slightly shorter server lifespan).
Advanced Micro Devices has shipped a new Opteron chip that it is pitching as a processor alternative for servers that will be used in cloud computing infrastructure or "hyperscale" data centers.The Six-Core AMD Opteron EE processor operates at just 40 watts average CPU power (ACP), which compares with the 75 watts required by its predecessor.
Corporate desktops average single-digit CPU utilization and less than 20% storage utilization. Can this unused capacity be put to work for the data center?
It’s pretty common knowledge that data center servers are among the biggest culprits in greedy power consumption. Most of the talk about addressing excess heat and energy use centers on new CPU approaches.
You can never have enough RAM, your CPU can never be too fast, and your hard drives can't be too big. Of the three though, it's my demand for hard drive space that's been pushed the hardest over the last couple of years. It's great to have bags of RAM and a fast CPU, but that doesn't mean anything if you don't have the free drive space to install and save data to.
A member of Sun's UltraSPARC III family of binary-compatible, symmetric ultiprocessing (SMP) servers, the Sun Fire 3800 system addresses the crucial data center requirement for continuous availability. Featuring full hardware redundancy and a variety of advanced mainframe-class availability features, such as Hot CPU Upgrades* and Dynamic Reconfiguration*, provide for high availability.