AMD introduces Opteron EE Processor on the eve of Earth day

By Mani Raj and A Bisht

On the occasion of Earth Day, AMD (NYSE: AMD) ushered a new era of energy efficiency by launching the 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ EE processor.

Designed for cloud computing the — New 40W ACP AMD Opteron™ EE processor is a full-featured energy miser. It offers 13% power savings in platform-level power consumption compared to previous generation.

A little elaboration:

A processor with AMD’s lowest x86 quad-core server power band, the new 45nm 40W Quad-Core ACP AMD Opteron™ EE processor is designed for very dense data center environments such as those built for cloud computing, web serving, or other highly dense environments. It offers a full suite of virtualization and power management capabilities so customers do not have to compromise on feature sets (quality and quantity) in order to deploy very low power servers.

In addition, the processor adds significant power efficiency improvements over the Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE processor within the same platform with a 13% reduction in platform-level power consumption and up to a 14% reduction in processor power when it’s idle. At the same performance level, the new EE processor delivers up to 62% improved performance-per-watt over the previous generation.

Some explanation:

--The energy efficiency of processors is measured in ssj_ops/watt, which stands for “server side Java operations per second per watt”. The more the number of operations per unit of energy consumed the better is the efficiency.

--Cloud computing is a style of computing in which resources are provided as a service over the Internet. In simple any service that one can use only when he/she accesses the internet will represent cloud computing.

Important update:

AMD also announced new, high performing processors available in the HE, standard and SE power bands, as well as support for HyperTransport™ 3 technology. A new fine-tuning feature called AMD Core Select, which enables IT managers to turn off one or more cores, helping them to fine tune their hardware for their specific operating conditions and workloads. --------