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Processor delivers 1Tflop performance

Posted: 19 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:stream processor? teraflop processor? GDDR3?

At the International Supercomputing Conference, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. introduced its next-generation stream processor, the AMD FireStream 9250, specifically designed to accelerate critical algorithms in high-performance computing, mainstream and consumer applications.

AMD FireStream 9250 breaks the 1Tflop barrier for single precision performance. It occupies a single PCI slot, and with power consumption of less than 150W, FireStream 9250 delivers a high rate of performance per watt efficiency with up to 8Gflops/W.

With FireStream 9250, customers can run critical workloads such as financial analysis or seismic processing dramatically faster than with CPU alone, according to AMD. For example, developers are reporting up to a 55x-performance increase on financial analysis codes as compared to processing on the CPU alone, according to AMD.

The AMD FireStream 9250 stream processor includes a second-generation double-precision floating point hardware implementation, delivering more than 200Gflops, building on the capabilities of the earlier AMD FireStream 9170, a GP-GPU with double-precision floating point support.

Applications include small 1U servers as well as most desktop systems, workstations, and larger servers. It features 1Gbyte of GDDR3 memory, enabling developers to handle large, complex problems.

Pricing for the Firestream 9250 starts at $999 and for the Firestream 9170 is $1,999.

The FireStream 9250 and supporting SDK will be available in Q3 08; the 9170 is available now.

- Ismini Scouras

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