AMD Previews Its New Naples Server Processor

AMD Previews Its New Naples Server Processor

After dropping its high-end Ryzen desktop processors last week, AMD is taking aim at Intel once again - this time in the datacenter with 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.

In a typical dual-CPU server configuration, Naples offers 128 processor cores and 512GB of total memory capacity in 16GB DIMMs. We're talking 45% more cores compared to the Xeon E5-2699A v4 (32-cores versus 22-cores for the Intel chip), and 122% more memory bandwidth, along with 60% greater input/output capacity. With two Xeon E5-2699A v4 CPUs, you can only achieve 88 threads, 8 memory channels, and 80 PCIe lanes in a dual-socket system. It has been created to go head-to-head against Intel's fastest two-socket server offering, the Xeon E5-2699A V4 - a $5,000, 22-core 14-nanometer chip based on the Broadwell microarchitecture. ''Naples' represents a completely new approach to supporting the massive processing requirements of the modern datacentre. Rumors also suggested that the chip will support sixteen 10GbE interfaces, but this bit of information has not yet been confirmed by AMD.

AMD configured two dual-socket test systems for a live demonstration, one based was on AMD Naples and the other on Broadwell-E. In its demos, AMD used a seismic analysis workload, which involved multiple iterations of 3D wave equations. Naples server processors are expected to hit the market within the second quarter of the year.

Highlighting the firm's high hopes, Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's enterprise, embedded and semi-custom business unit, claims that Naples "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".

AMD is on track to release Naples products in Q2 2017. This groundbreaking system-on-chip delivers the unique high-performance features required to address highly virtualised environments, massive data sets and new, emerging workloads.