A server-based APU for the GPGPU 4 November 2011Posted by computeraholic in Uncategorized.
If AMD is the consumer market with its APU, the chips are also interesting for other purposes.
And Penguin Computinghas announced a server based on chips A6 and A8.
The Altus 2A00 is indeed a 2U server for storage – it offers eight 3.5-inch bays – with the ability to do calculations on the GPU directly. The advantage is that GPGPU functions are “free” because the APU include four conventional x86 cores (K10 derivatives) but also a compatible AMD OpenCL GPU and equipped with 320 or 400 units of calculation.
At the time the Atom and other ARM under the spotlight for servers – without really be used in practice – AMD solution is finally interesting: the GPGPU is increasingly used and the Atom or ARM chips can provide solutions on this case. For entry-level servers, the APU are good candidates, at least