It's not just Broadwell today, we also have Seattle news

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2014 - 01:47 PM |
Tagged: amd, seattle, hot chips

AMD has been showing off a reference Seattle-based server at Hot Chips and The Tech Report had an opportunity to see it.  Eight 64-bit Cortex-A57 chips are set up in pairs, each pair sharing 1MB of L2 cache while the 8MB of L3 cache is accessible by all eight chips as well as the coprocessors, memory controller, and I/O subsystems.  The system can address up to 128GB of DDR3 or DDR4, and you get support fot 8 SATA 6Gbps ports and 8 lanes of PCIe 3.0 to apportion between the slots.  There is a secure System Control Processor, a partitioned Cortex-A5 core with its own ROM, RAM, and I/O to control power, boot and configuration control with support for TrustZone as well as a Cryptographic Coprocessor which accelerates all encryption processes as you might well expect.  Read on for more information about AMD's unique new take on server technology.

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"For some time now, the features of AMD's Seattle server processor have been painted in broad brush strokes. This morning, at the Hot Chips symposium, AMD is filling in most of the missing details. We were treated to an advance briefing last week, where AMD provided previously confidential information about Seattle's cache network, memory controller, I/O features, and coprocessors."

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August 11, 2014 | 02:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

AMD's "Unique" server designs are a start of something very good, but AMD needs to get its Own Brand Of Custom wide order ARMv8 ISA based superscalar designs off of the roadmap and taped out on silicon. And let's hope there will be Many ARM core based variants that can be dropped right into the same motherboards that support x86, and I mean 24 or more custom ARMv8 cores(6 IPC at least) for the portable workstation market, or a hybrid SOC system that has x86, and ARM cores, lots of ARM cores doing Xeon Pi types of tasks, at a much more affordable price, while the x86 runs the legacy software, and with lots of AMD graphics cores. Yes let the x86 cores run the legacy OS, while the Many ARM cores run the ray tracing, and the GPU does the raster/other calculations.

August 11, 2014 | 08:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

ARM cores would be perfect for posting redundant comments on a PC review site regularly

August 11, 2014 | 09:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

As fun as professing ones(yours, in this case) love for the duck's corkscrew cod diddle, in response to some descriptive analogy, that caused offence to your beloved Instruction Set Architecture, and its suitability for all computing workloads! Legacy software is not a problem in the mobile arena, and the Other ISAs have just as much useable productive software as your adopted ISA parent. Get Over your Butthurt, and enjoy the Multi-ISA universe, because them old single ISA days are gone for good. ARM, Power8, MIPS, its all coming to a PC, laptop, netbook, server, near you, in your smartphone(from day one), in the servers delivering cloud services, controlling disk drives, SSDs, and even the toaster, that toasts your bread, its been there all along, long before any of those ATOM attempts, at throwing something against the wall and touting what sticks as ready for the internet of things, not so fast, that ecosystem is already there, and has been there with ARM for decades!

August 12, 2014 | 12:26 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I couldn't care less who makes what, enjoy your ARM power chrome book while you go fuck yourself

August 12, 2014 | 08:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

And ducks can enjoy so good corkscrew handling by you, so get to work spronging those Duck springs, I hear you enjoy them both clockwise and counterclockwise. And you just wait for the ARM powered Laptops, from AMD, Apple, Nvidia and others, and maybe that other ISA, You Know the ISA that eats Xeon for lunch, Nvidia is probably in on that, as is Apple, and AMD better get a that Third ISA going, for an ISA trifecta! ISAs, ISAs!...Woops the turnip wagon hit a bump, off you go, and the duck got off too!

August 12, 2014 | 01:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

nobody knows the ISA that eats XEON for lunch, because it doesn't exist

August 12, 2014 | 05:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Google it, but its 12 cores and 8 threads per core of Xeon eating, Power based goodness, and it is up for license, and many will build around this ISA, and smaller will the market for be for Xeon, and Google will, for sure, be running this Xeon eater, as the Chipzilla is but a tiny appetizer for this ISA. Its nom! nom! nom! burp, and on to full dinner!

August 12, 2014 | 07:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

must be nice to know the market so well, maybe you should short Intel stock and buy IBM, if you had done that 12 months ago you would have lost a ton of money

August 12, 2014 | 06:09 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I am curious as to whether their custom arm designs can actually share hardware with their AMD64 designs. It seems like it would be possible to design it such that you could reuse many of the components except for the decoders.

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