Servers

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's SPEC SERT Suite has evolved as the industry-standard for measuring the energy efficiency of servers over the last decade. Regulatory authorities such as the U.S EPA and Japan's METI are some of the many who have adopted the suite to determine thresholds for various energy-efficiency programs. In August 2020, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the ISO/IEC 21836:2020 standard to specify the measurement methodology for assessment and reporting of a server's energy efficiency. Today, SPEC is announcing SERT Suite 2.0.4, an update to enable its incorporation into the ISO standard. It must be noted that the SERT suite was already compliant with ISO 21836. The new version also brings in ISO compliance report links. In addition to including latest...

Ampere Roadmap Update: Switching to In-House CPU Designs, 128+ 5nm Cores in 2022

Today we’re seeing an Ampere roadmap update: Beyond 128-core Altra Max perf reiterations, and announcing a Microsoft cloud win, the company discloses they’re switching from Neoverse to a new...

160 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/19/2021

Arm Announces Neoverse V1, N2 Platforms & CPUs, CMN-700 Mesh: More Performance, More Cores, More Flexibility

Today Arm is announcing the details on the new Neoverse V1 and N2 CPU microarchitectures, impressive at +50% and +40% IPC, as well as the new CMN-700 mesh network...

96 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/27/2021

Intel 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable (Ice Lake SP) Review: Generationally Big, Competitively Small

The launch of Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon Scalable processors has been in the wings for a number of years. The delays to Intel’s 10nm manufacturing process have given a...

171 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/6/2021

AMD 3rd Gen EPYC Milan Review: A Peak vs Per Core Performance Balance

The arrival of AMD’s 3rd Generation EPYC processor family, using the new Zen 3 core, has been hotly anticipated. The promise of a new processor core microarchitecture, updates to...

120 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 3/15/2021

NVIDIA Launches Server Certification Program, Offering Direct Technical Support

While a good deal of NVIDIA’s success in servers over the last decade has of course come from their proficient GPUs, as a business NVIDIA these days is much...

9 by Ryan Smith on 1/26/2021

Qualcomm to Acquire NUVIA: A CPU Magnitude Shift

Today Qualcomm has announced they will be acquiring NUVIA for $1.4bn – acquiring the start-up company consisting of industry veterans which originally were behind the creation of Apple’s high-performance...

79 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/13/2021

The Ampere Altra Review: 2x 80 Cores Arm Server Performance Monster

Earlier in the year we have a good look at the first ever Arm Neoverse-N1 CPU in the form s of the Graviton2 from Amazon. Whilst that chip was...

147 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/18/2020

Arm Announces Neoverse V1 & N2 Infrastructure CPUs: +50% IPC, SVE Server Cores

Today Arm is announcing its new Neoverse V1 and N2 microarchitectures. The new microarchitectures represent a ever bigger jump than the already vastly successful Neoverse N1 that’s been adopted...

73 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/22/2020

SiPearl Lets Rhea Design Leak: 72x Zeus Cores, 4x HBM2E, 4-6 DDR5

In what seems to be a major blunder by the SiPearl PR team, a recent visit by a local French politician resulted in the public Twitter posting in what...

28 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/8/2020

Marvell Refocuses Thunder Server Platforms Towards Custom Silicon Business

Yesterday during Marvell’s quarterly earnings call, the company had made a surprise announcement that they are planning to restructure their server processor development team towards fully custom solutions, abandoning...

42 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/28/2020

Hot Chips 2020: Marvell Details ThunderX3 CPUs - Up to 60 Cores Per Die, 96 Dual-Die in 2021

Today as part of HotChips 2020 we saw Marvell finally reveal some details on the microarchitecture of their new ThunderX3 server CPUs and core microarchitectures. The company had announced...

27 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/17/2020

GIGABYTE Updates 4-GPU 2U G242 Server with Rome and PCIe4 for Ampere

As we wait for the big server juggernaut to support PCIe 4.0, a number of OEMs are busy creating AMD EPYC versions to fill that demand for high-speed connectivity...

14 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/6/2020

Ampere Altra 1P Server Pictured: GIGABYTE’s 2U with 80 Arm N1 Cores, PCIe 4.0 and CCIX

With the news of Apple moving to Arm SoCs replacing Intel in a few key products, and the success of the new Graviton2 SoC in Amazon’s Web Services, the...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/3/2020

Xeon Platinum 9200 at Scale: Penguin Computing’s new 7616 Cores-Per-Rack Solution

Some aspects of computing rely on density, and need to pack as many compute processing elements in the smallest space possible. Intel’s Xeon Platinum 9200 range was created to...

21 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/3/2020

Chenbro Announces RB13804, a Dual Socket 1U Xeon 4-Bay HPC Barebones Server

For nearly four decades, Taiwanese manufacturer Chenbro has been one of the major players in the OEM and ODM rackmount server market. Now the company is releasing a new...

2 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/27/2020

GIGABYTE’s 4U 10x NVIDIA A100 New G492 Servers Announced

One of the interesting elements about NVIDIA’s A100 card is the potential compute density offered, especially for AI applications. There is set to be a strong rush to enable...

51 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/22/2020

Amazon Makes AMD Rome EC2 Instances Available

After many months of waiting, Amazon today has finally made available their new compute-oriented C5a AWS cloud instances based on the new AMD EPYC 2nd generation Rome processors with...

26 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/5/2020

Amazon Makes Graviton2 AWS Instances Available

Following the Graviton2's first official announcement back in December, as well as the preview period that has been going on for several months now, Amazon has today publicly launched...

22 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/12/2020

European Processor Initiative Backed SiPearl Announces Licensing of Arm Zeus Neoverse CPU IP

SiPearl, a new France-based company that is being backed and receiving grants from the European Comission’s European Processor Initiative project, has announced that is has licensed Arm’s next-generation Neoverse...

10 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/21/2020

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