AMD today has put its Bulldozer processor technology to work with the
immediate launch and availability of its Opteron 6200 and 4200 Series
processors (formerly codenamed "Interlagos" and "Valencia").
The "Interlagos" Opteron 6200 series features 16 cores, or more
accurately, eight dual-core units and four memory channels. The
"Valencia" Opteron 4200 features eight cores, or four dual-core units,
and two memory channels.
In its own comparisons against an Intel Xeon X5670-based system, the
Opteron 6276 scored an 84 percent higher performance in Linpack. In
Stream, the Opteron 6276 had 73 percent more memory bandwidth over the
Xeon X5670. Overall, AMD makes a case that its new Bulldozer-based
Opterons are offer more efficient economics for cloud-computing needs
with half the power per core, requiring two-thirds less floor space and
up to two-thirds lower platform price.
AMD also announced the expansion of its 2012 roadmap with the
addition of the new Opteron 3000 Series platform. The Opteron 3000
Series platform is targeted to the ultra-dense, ultra-low power 1P Web
Hosting/Web Serving and Microserver markets. The first processor will be
the 4-8 core CPU code-named "Zurich", expected to ship in the first
half of 2012. "Zurich" is based on the Bulldozer architecture and
leverages the new Socket AM3+. The Opteron 3000 series offering is
designed for hosting customers who require dedicated servers for their
customers. These cloud and web hosting customers appreciate the cost
savings associated with a lower cost infrastructure, yet still want to
deploy a server-class product with reliability and security features and
server OS certification.