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AMD returns to the server battlefield with the 'Naples' CPU

AMD returns to the server battlefield with the 'Naples' CPU

The CPU supports a maximum of 21.3GBps per channel with DDR4-2667 multiplied by 8 channels, reaching a total of 170.7GBps - 30GBps more than the Intel Xeon 22-core E5-2699A v4 processor, according to AMD's claims.

AMD is giving the world a peak at its upcoming high-performance CPU for servers, codenamed "Naples".

Key features of the Naples CPU include a highly scalable 32-core SoC design with support for two high-performance threads per core and industry leading memory bandwidth with support for up to 32 dimms on 16 memory channels in a dual socket server. In a head-to-head comparison with the Intel Xeon E5-2699A v4, AMD reckons Naples can offer a 2.5x performance advantage in analysis workloads that tax the entire system.

Now that AMD has worked its way through the Zen architecture launch with its mainstream Ryzen processors, the company can now start turning its attention to other markets. The Naples-powered server completed each task as much as 2.5 times faster than the Intel machine.

AMD's plan is to being more memory capacity, more cores, more bandwidth, and more I/O to the server than Intel's top chip can muster.

But it's when the dataset is increased to four billion samples that the true scope of the Naples platform really shines through.

The AMD Naples system also has double the memory channels, further improving peak memory bandwidth.

According to ZDNet, Naples server processors will support up to 8-channels of memory per device. 2017 is certainly shaping up to be a great year for AMD.

AMD has said that it will launch Naples formally in the second half of this year, though has not yet providing pricing information; neither has the company announced partner companies which are planning to launch server products based around Naples, a market now dominated by Intel's Xeon family of processors.

"Today marks the first major milestone in AMD re-asserting its position as an innovator in the datacentre and returning choice to customers in high-performance server CPUs", said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom business unit, AMD.

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