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AMD unrolls stream processor for HPC apps

Posted: 24 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Advanced Micro Devices? AMD? stream processor? high-performance computing? PCIe?

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has introduced what it touts as the first dedicated stream processor designed to meet the specific hardware demands of high-performance computing (HPC) applications.

Engineered specifically for compute-only systems such as workstations and servers, AMD's stream processor uses the company's thin hardware interface called CTM to drive substantial performance gains in areas such as financial analysis, seismic migration analysis and life sciences research, among others.

Stream computing leverages sophisticated, massively parallel processors used to calculate and render millions of pixels onto computer monitors, hundreds of times each second for 3D graphics applications. Stream computing harnesses that tremendous processing power for a wide range of scientific, business and consumer computing applications, providing organizations the ability to process incredible amounts of information in significantly less time. AMD said its stream processor is the first hardware of its kind dedicated to addressing stream computing problems in the enterprise space.

Using professional-grade technology derived from the company's graphics product group, this processor is a PCIe-based add-in board designed with higher memory densities than any consumer graphics carda full 1Gbyte of GDDR3 memory for stream computing applications. The processor also features HPC-optimized memory performance designed to handle stream computing problem sets. This processor also includes broad OS support for server implementations; full-service, enterprise-class technical support and a limited three-year warranty.

"AMD recognizes that HPC applications have specific hardware demands not met by standard, off-the-shelf graphics products," said Marty Seyer, senior VP, computational product group, AMD. "The AMD Stream Processor has been designed to address the HPC market with higher memory densities and HPC-optimized memory performance."

The AMD Stream Processor is available today from distributors. More information is available at the AMD website.

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