News Ampere's 80-Core Altra Chips Take on Intel Xeon and AMD EPYC Rome

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Interesting that is two things called Ampere , this and Nvidia next generation GPU.
Well, three things if you include that an Ampere is the unit measurement for current. And four if you include that the term is derived from the last name of a long gone french physicist.

Nvidia has named a lot of it's architectures after former physicists/mathematicians such as Turing, Volta, Pascal, Kepler, and Maxwell. The practice is rampant in the technology industry like in the case of Tesla motors.
 
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So even ARM beat Intel to the PCIe 4.0 field. While not a big deal at the moment, it's still something they can wave as being on top of the curve alongside AMD. At least it provides more impetus to find a way to maximize use of PCIe 4.0.
 

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I guess you didn't know that Intel has had Ice Lake out for a while now, so not really. Ice Lake has 4.0, even though the majority of their chips are still stuck on 3. But that's changing.
 

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If AMD has as much trouble as it does just getting customers to switch from INTEL then this new entry will have a really hard time if they expect to get to become commercially feasible. "Its long way to the top if ya wanna Rock n Roll".
May not.... It depends alot on the software. If this CPU can run oracle dabatase and other enterprise applications well, then adoption rate may be good.
 

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If AMD has as much trouble as it does just getting customers to switch from INTEL then this new entry will have a really hard time if they expect to get to become commercially feasible. "Its long way to the top if ya wanna Rock n Roll".
Agreed, ARM faces massive challenges for mass deployment. Ripping and replacing all your code is no small task, but it was certainly a lot more attractive before an x86 alternative (EPYC) came along. EPYC is really sucking the oxygen out of the ARM data center conversation. Ampere's coming in a bit below expectations, and Nuvia is a bit too far off to really matter much right now. Graviton2 is interesting, but spurious benchmarks and indirect comparisons do little to tell us of the actual worth of the platform. I'm of the mind that Amazon is probably carving these out for cloud customers at a loss, just to enable the platform. It wouldn't be the first time AWS took that tact. In fact, it's been the business model forever.

In short, I think we're a long way from ARM being a major player in the data center.
 

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