AMD Previews Naples High-Performance
March 7, 2017
took a significant step into the server and datacenter market with its
most detailed look yet at the upcoming high-performance CPU for servers,
codenamed "Naples". Purpose-built to disrupt the status-quo and to scale
across the cloud datacenter and traditional on-premise server
configurations, "Naples" delivers the highly regarded "Zen" x86
processing engine in industry-leading configurations of up to 32 cores.
Superior memory bandwidth and the number of high-speed input / output
channels in a single-chip further differentiate "Naples" from anything
else in the server market today. The first processors are scheduled to
be available in Q2 2017, with volume availability building in the second
half of the year through OEM and channel partners.
"Today marks the first major milestone in AMD re-asserting its position
as an innovator in the datacenter 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. "'Naples' represents a completely new approach to
supporting the massive processing requirements of the modern datacenter.
This groundbreaking system-on-chip delivers the unique high-performance
features required to address highly virtualized environments, massive
data sets and new, emerging workloads."
The new AMD server processor exceeds today's top competitive offering on
critical parameters, with 45% more cores1, 60% more input / output
capacity (I/O)2, and 122% more memory bandwidth.
"It is exciting to see AMD back in the server conversation with a new
CPU and a sound strategy for why it is the right processor for the
modern datacenter and the cloud computing era," said Matt Eastwood,
senior vice president, Enterprise Infrastructure and Datacenter, IDC.
"Looking at the product details announced today, it sounds like a
compelling combination that will give IT buyers a unique new option to
consider when making their next upgrade."
highly scalable, 32-core System on Chip (SoC) design, with support for
two high-performance threads per core
◾Industry-leading memory bandwidth,
with 8-channels of memory per "Naples" device. In a 2-socket server,
support for up to 32 DIMMS of DDR4 on 16 memory channels, delivering up
to 4 terabytes of total memory capacity.
◾The processor is a complete SoC with
fully integrated, high-speed I/O supporting 128 lanes of PCIe® 34,
negating the need for a separate chip-set
◾A highly-optimized cache structure
for high-performance, energy efficient compute
◾AMD Infinity Fabric coherent
interconnect for two "Naples" CPUs in a 2-socket system
◾Dedicated security hardware