Robert Pogson

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Posts Tagged / AMD

  • Mar 24 / 2014
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AMD Drops Oracle

“The migration of 276TB of data, which was completed last year, was prompted by "an environment outage that took weeks to recover," according to an internal document seen by El Reg. This encouraged AMD to replace Oracle for something else.
In the end, the processor giant settled on using Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution along additional open-source projects Apache Hive, ZooKeeper, HBase, HDFS, httpfs, LZO compression, MapReduce and others.
According to AMD, the Hadoop software was able to reduce query times by 300 per cent, and now has an unlimited row limit for query results compared to 100,000 rows on the Oracle system.”
Oracle is supposed to be the end-all and be-all of enterprise databases but it’s costly for many and too clumsy for others. AMD had huge data and a failure prompted them to switch. No doubt the switch cost something but what was the cost of the failure? What is the cost of an infinite number of licensing fees to support Oracle in the manner to which it has become accustomed?

See AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop.

  • Jun 18 / 2013
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AMD Plans To Compete On Price/Performance In Servery

I pretty well wrote off AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) when they utterly failed to develop an ARMed CPU many years ago for the thin client and mobile markets but there’s still some hope. In their latest roadmap, there’s an ARMed CPU for servers…

‘“Seattle” will be the industry’s only 64-bit ARM-based server SoC from a proven server processor supplier.  “Seattle” is an 8- and then 16-core CPU based on the ARM Cortex-A57 core and is expected to run at or greater than 2 GHz.  The “Seattle” processor is expected to offer 2-4X the performance of AMD’s recently announced AMD Opteron X-Series processor with significant improvement in compute-per-watt.  It will deliver 128GB DRAM support, extensive offload engines for better power efficiency and reduced CPU loading, server caliber encryption, and compression and legacy networking including integrated 10GbE.  It will be the first processor from AMD to integrate AMD’s advanced Freedom™ Fabric for dense compute systems directly onto the chip. AMD plans to sample “Seattle” in the first quarter of 2014 with production in the second half of the year.’

see AMD Unveils Server Strategy and Roadmap

If this is on par with their introduction of 64-bit computing in 2004 as AMD predicted in 2010, AMD may truly remain relevant on servers and small cheap computers of all kinds.

  • Jun 07 / 2013
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AMD: “we also see a market for Android and Chrome developing”

“AMD, the chip maker which was making chips exclusively for Microsoft’s Windows platform is now considering designing chips for Google’s open source Android and Chrome OS.”
see AMD also walks out of Microsoft camp, to design chips for Android, Chrome OS | Muktware

Of course, it’s silly to consider that a chip-maker “makes a CPU for an OS”. They don’t. What they may do is make a change of add a feature at the request of organizations like M$ who are intent on excluding competition by shipping a bundled OS that can make use of some feature of a chip that others without a “sweet deal” cannot.

2013 may be a turning point for AMD but Intel has been chewing away at working with Linux for years. AMD is behind the curve and trying to catch up. Being smaller than Intel, they may be able to turn quicker but it may also be too late. Intel’s drivers and Atoms are out there and working with Linux. When mobility took off years ago, AMD ignored that to its peril. Now they are reaping the result of that choice in lost share. If it weren’t for the desperate need for competition in hardware, I would say “To Hell with them!”. Further, we have ARM doing a good job these days. AMD will have to do something brilliant to compete. I think the smartest thing for them would be to bring out an ARMed SoC the same way that Nvidia, Texas Instruments and the others do. That would speed their entry to the market and they might be able to compete much sooner than reinventing the wheel.

  • Apr 12 / 2013
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Is Higher Resolution The Only Hope For The Legacy PC Industry?

“The only hope for the PC industry is 4K, but 4K or UHD panels are still prohibitively expensive and it will take a few years before we see affordable 4K monitors in the 23- to 26-inch range.

Pricing is not the only problem, though. More resolution means more GPU muscle, which translates into more heat and less battery life. There is almost no 4K content yet, either.

Although websites might look a bit better on 4K, most sites simply don’t use high res graphics and until they start using high quality images the difference won’t be anything to write home about. We will get there eventually.”
see PC slump might well have a silver lining – Nobody wants boring boxes anymore, time to innovate

Nope. Higher resolutions can happen with ARM, x86/amd64, and GNU/Linux or Android/Linux. The salvation of the PC industry is */Linux. That’s the only way to reduce costs enough to improve price/performance for consumers. Businesses certainly don’t need 4K except for multimedia production and gaming. It’s beyond negligible return on investment for general use.

People will buy a second and third PC for their homes but only at a very low price, something impossible with Wintel. The world is demanding */Linux on ARM. Give the world what they want, OEMs and retailers. Stop being M$’s slaves.

  • Apr 10 / 2013
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Wintel Contracts Sharply – IDC

“Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), down -13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The extent of the year-on-year contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. The results also marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment declines.”

see PC Shipments Post the Steepest Decline Ever in a Single Quarter

OEMs and retailers by now must acknowledge that only an insane person keeps on doing the same old thing and expecting a different outcome. It’s time to do more than question using Wintel as the default for personal computing. Clearly, consumers and businesses no longer buy into that thesis. It’s time to look at GNU/Linux seriously as a lower-cost and higher-performing OS for everyone. ISVs must realize that to be independent of Wintel’s fortune, they must port applications to GNU/Linux on both servers and clients.

I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for everything you used to do with Wintel. You can run it on ARM, x86/amd64, small, large, cheap and expensive computers. OEMs and retailers should quite “recommending” that other OS to consumers who don’t want it. They are sick of that.

NB MSFT was up 2.26% during trading hours but lost it all on the news and OEMs were down even more.

  • Dec 05 / 2012
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AMD Sticks With Socketed CPUs

“AMD has a long history of supporting the DIY and enthusiast desktop market with socketed CPUs & APUs that are compatible with a wide range of motherboard products from our partners. That will continue through 2013 and 2014 with the "Kaveri" APU and FX CPU lines. We have no plans at this time to move to BGA only packaging and look forward to continuing to support this critical segment of the market.”

see AMD: We're not abandoning socketed CPUs – The Tech Report.

If true, AMD should win an increasing share of PCs as DIY and motherboard makers for DIY will have no option with Intel. Of course, it could mean AMD loses share with OEMs who do care about costs…

  • Oct 30 / 2012
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Years ago I advocated AMD CPUs as a less-expensive alternative to Intel monopolistic pricing. When they completely ignored the netbook I began to ignore them. Perhaps they noticed because now they have an ARMed CPU on the horizion:

“Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is to release its first ARM-based chip in 2014.

AMD added that it was also considering making ARM-based chips for consumer-targeted computers, but no decision had been made as yet.”

via AMD in chip tie-up with UK's ARM.

This may be too little and too late but it shows that even thick-headed people can see the light. People want less power-consumption and they want cheaper/smaller computers everywhere, not just in smartphones.

I still am incredulous that they think it will take until 2014 to do what a dozen other companies have done years ago, produce an ARMed CPU. ARM has done most of the work. They mostly have to do packaging in which task they have a lot of expertise. Perhaps it will take that long to get servers running ARM in volume but the small cheap computer is here now. I wonder if Intel will get the message.