AMD is turning to the ARM design for a new series of chips, an unmistakable sign that the heyday of "x86" chips is over.
The latest list of most-powerful computers is a bit of same old, same old. But soon, it won't be so easy to get ahead on the Top500 list by plugging in special-purpose accelerator cards.
The chipmaker will roll out a 64-bit ARM processor in the second half of 2014.
Created to monitor the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, the IBM supercomputer was the first to break the petaflop barrier.
The system is powered by Nvidia GPUs and thought to be one of the two fastest supercomputers in the world. It's capable of making 20,000 trillion calculations each second.
This month an Apple chip designer goes to AMD. Last month it was an AMD chip guy joining Apple.
The Opteron 3200 Series processor is said to offer better performance while using less power.
Advanced Micro Devices to acquire microserver vendor SeaMicro for $334 million. To date, SeaMicro has used chips from Intel.
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?