AMD 6000 Series Platform Reaches Out, Drives Towards “Interlagos”

As a consumer, you may think the entire computer universe revolves around you. It's a "me, me, me" world, so why not? In truth, consumer sales make up just a fraction of the earnings from major silicon makers like AMD, Intel and HP, and chips like the Opteron maintain their importance despite not being marketed directly at consumers. AMD has just taken the lid off of their Opteron 6000 Series, but in a new way. That platform actually debuted in 2010, but there's more than ever happening within that department now.

The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform’s compatibility with the next generation 16-core processor, codenamed “Interlagos,” has gained the attention of customers in the early adopting world of high performance computing, and if you aren't familiar with HPC, it's a pretty potent sector that has serious impact on science and medical fields. Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Business, had this to say: "Our partners continue to offer great examples of how the AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform can deliver superior virtualization within an impressive power and thermal footprint. The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform offers budget conscious IT managers performance and value today and the promise of a future 16-core drop-in upgrade."

Partner Adoption

AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform-based systems powered by AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors are available from OEMs and system builders including Acer, AMAX, Appro, Colfax, Cray Inc., Dawning, Dell, HP, IBM, Microway, NCS Technologies, Penguin, Rausch Netzwerktechnik, SGI, Silicon Mechanics, ZT Systems and more. In the past few months, new systems have been introduced by these partners, including:

  • Acer GR385, Acer GR585, Gateway GW 2000h
  • AMAX AH-1103 appliance 
  • Cray XE6m supercomputer
  • Dell PowerEdge C6145, Dell PowerEdge M915
  • HP ProLiant SL165s  
  • NCS NexServ ARM-6241 
  • SGI Altix ® Ice 8400 
  • Silicon Mechanics: Storform nServ A513, A515, A516, A518