AMD Bulldozer For Heavily Virtualized Environments

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted November 22, 2011


AMD hit the sweet spot in today's server market--maximizing a server's capabilities to serve as a virtual machine host. In this InformationWeek article, AMD's new Bulldozer chip for virtualized environment is discussed.


"AMD's new Bulldozer chip is a set of pragmatic tradeoffs that get a new processor to market before the Intel juggernaut can launch its next generation Ivy Bridge chip and lock up more of the server market. Whether Bulldozer can clear AMD's path back to prosperity remains to be seen, but it's a strong attempt that may find favor with those running heavily virtualized environments.

"It's been criticized as underperforming on expected clock speed and invoking a previously failed approach to Pentium data pipeline design. And the way AMD achieved 16 cores by glomming two eight-core chips together, eliminating one of the floating point engines while keeping the two integer engines, will strike some as an inelegant approach. Nevertheless, it seems clear to me that AMD dispensed with some chip design barriers to go for the sweet spot in today's server market--maximizing a server's capabilities to serve as a virtual machine host."

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