As you can see here, AMD aim to take the performance of Virtualisation to a whole new level by utilising features embedded in the CPU. AMD claim that, software permitting, they expect to see about a 40% gain in performance whilst heavily loaded. Not only do AMD think they can achieve this awesome level of performance, but when I asked, AMD said that this would mean more virtual servers able to be run off of one physical box.
Pretty impressive stuff. AMD have said that they are working with the software industry (including VMWare) and believe that versions of the software supporting the new technologies should be available around the time of the release of Barcelona.Will it compare to Intel
AMD's Felipe Payer said that they would be "very comfortable"
to put their 2GHz Barcelona part up against Intels 2.33GHz part and they believe that it can trade blows with the Core2Duo CPU. Also mentioned was that the release is due around August September time and that AMD would be looking to get a higher powered part out by the end of the year.
AMD also stated that they wanted to make sure that they released their multi-processor platforms alongside their single processor platforms to again ensure investor protection and to make sure their customers know where they are. Dell were mentioned during the talk and Filipe went on to say that AMD's clients are "very happy with what they have seen"
. This is a good sign, although AMD are hardly likely to say otherwise.So what does all this mean?
Well for a start it means that AMD's Quad Core's are finally here and they have a whole bundle of features to go with them. AMD said that they wanted to "wait until we were ready with all the features we wante to have in our next-gen part".
AMD have proved in the past with A64 that they can come out hitting big so it's not a good idea to discount them right now.
I am hoping that the new Barcelona server chips will give AMD that much needed boost in sales and Barcelona is a chip that can compete with Intel Core2 architecture where once the A64's did so well.
I personally will wait and see what the future has in store and see what the numbers say when we have the chips in hand.
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