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The Opteron 6200 series, aka "Interlagos," carries AMD into a higher-end servers that juggle many tasks at once. Intel remains the ruler of the x86 chip roost, though.
AMD's new Opterons, which have up to 16 cores, hit the market with good support from HP, Cray, IBM, and Dell. Is that enough to give AMD more than 5 percent of the x86 server market?
The University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications will use a Cray supercomputer for the National Science Foundation's Blue Waters project. That computer will incorporate AMD's new 16-core processor.