[Beowulf] Clusters just got more important - AMD's roadmap

Vincent Diepeveen DIEP at xs4all.nl
Fri Feb 3 17:24:17 EST 2012


AMD's new roadmap basically says they stop high performance CPU  
development. GPU line will continue
also inside cpu's integrated. Total monopoly for intel for  
applications needing CPU's as it seems.

That might that companies that need some more CPU crunching no longer  
can build cheap 4 socket
machines that have good performance. Knowing usually the topend AMD 4  
socket system used to be
just above or under $10k, with doube the core count normally spoken  
of what you'd expect at a 4 socket
system, making it, to some extend similar to 8 socket system (be it  
with very low clocked cpu's), that will
no longer perform well.

Intel's 8 socket solution at Oracle, the latest one, usually is  
around $200k a machine.

So this means that clustering is only cheap choice then.


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