Advanced Micro Devices (AMD (News - Alert)) today released its new AMD Opteron 6300 Series server processors based on its next-generation "Piledriver" core architecture. This new processor family promises to provide superior performance and scalability ideal for virtualized server platforms used in both private and public cloud deployments, as well as big data systems and high-performance computing (HPC) clusters.
The AMD Opteron 6300 Series aims to strike a balance between performance, scalability and cost effectiveness in order to help lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
In SPECjbb2005, a server benchmark used to evaluate Java performance, the AMD Opteron 6300 family scored up to 24 percent higher performance in comparison to the previous generation AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors. This is especially significant considering Java is a critical element of the software ecosystem for next-generation data centers.
Meanwhile, performance per watt is up to 40 percent higher than the prior generation of Opteron processors, meaning businesses can run large-scale systems with lower power draw. AMD is able to do this by leveraging optimizations in compilers and libraries, combined with next generation core architecture.
"Across global IT organizations, cost-effective, scalable performance is a core requirement to support cloud computing, server consolidation and highly-threaded workloads common in HPC, big data and other areas," said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, general manager, Server Business Unit, AMD. "The key to a winning solution for customers is working with OEMs and other solution providers to minimize TCO with a combination of cost effectiveness and superior performance per watt. AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors are uniquely positioned to be the difference-maker customers are seeking."
Servers from Dell (News - Alert) and HP based on the AMD Opteron 6300 Series are expected to roll out before the end of the year. In the meantime, systems and platforms are available immediately from key AMD partners such as ASUS, Supermicro and Penguin Computing, among many others. Indeed, Penguin Computing has made its updated Atlus line of rackmount servers with Opteron 6300 CPUs available as of today.
AMD also recently announced that it will design 64-bit ARM technology-based processors, designed for the dense, energy-efficient servers that are often seen in modern data centers. The first ARM (News - Alert)-based Opteron processor is scheduled for release in 2014.