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Last year IBM presented details about its new Power10 family of processors: eight threads per core, 15 cores per chip, and two chips per socket, with a new core microarchitecture, built on Samsung’s 7nm process. New technologies such as PCIe 5.0 for add-in cards, PowerAXON for chip-to-chip interconnect, and OpenCAPI for a super wide memory support made Power10 sound like a beast, but the question was always about time to market – when could customers get one? Today IBM’s Power10 E1080 Servers are being announced, aimed squarely at the cloud market.

Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids: How To Go Monolithic with Tiles

One of the critical deficits Intel has to its competition in its server platform is core count – other companies are enabling more cores by one of two routes...

95 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/31/2021

Supermicro Ultra SYS-120U-TNR Review: Testing Dual 10nm Ice Lake Xeon in 1U

With the launch of Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon Scalable platform comes a new socket and a range of features that vendors like Supermicro have to design for. The server...

54 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/22/2021

Marvell Announces OCTEON 10 DPU Family: First to 5nm with N2 CPUs

It’s been a little over a year since we covered Marvell’s OCTEON TX2 infrastructure processors, and since then, the ecosystem has been evolving in an extremely fast manner &ndash...

18 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/28/2021

AMD EPYC Milan Review Part 2: Testing 8 to 64 Cores in a Production Platform

It’s been a few months since AMD first announced their new third generation EPYC Milan server CPU line-up. We had initially reviewed the first SKUS back in March, covering...

58 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/25/2021

Google Announces AMD Milan-based Cloud Instances - Out with SMT vCPUs?

Today Google is announcing a new Cloud instance based on AMD Milan – but beyond the new hardware, it’s really what’s behind the new performance numbers which is what...

22 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/17/2021

Best CPUs for Workstations: June 2021

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data...

55 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/10/2021

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

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

Intel’s DPG Launch Event April 6th: Early Look at 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable (Ice Lake)

Today Intel has announced that it will be holding a launch event on April 6th for the new vision of its Data Platform Group. This event is set to...

35 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/19/2021

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

AMD to Launch 3rd Generation EPYC on March 15th: Milan with Zen 3

We’ve known for a while that AMD was set to launch its next generation enterprise EPYC processor family, collectively known by its codename Milan, sometime in the first quarter...

18 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/8/2021

AMD Previews 3rd Gen EPYC ‘Milan’ Performance

Since the announcement of AMD’s Zen 3 core microarchitecture, we’ve been expecting three series of products to be announced: desktop Ryzen, mobile Ryzen, and enterprise EPYC. So far the...

12 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/12/2021

Marvell Announces 112G SerDes, Built on TSMC 5nm

So far we have three products in the market built on TSMC’s N5 process: the Huawei Kirin 9000 5G SoC, found in the Mate 40 Pro, the Apple A14...

15 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/17/2020

Marvell and HPE Introduce NVMe RAID Adapter for Server Boot Drives

In 2018 Marvell announced the 88NR2241 Intelligent NVMe Switch: the first—and so far, only—NVMe hardware RAID controller of its kind. Now that chip has scored its first major (public...

29 by Billy Tallis on 10/6/2020

NUVIA Completes Series B Funding Round: $240M

One of the more interesting startups of late is NUVIA, with promises of a new Arm-based processor for the datacenter to rival the x86 dominance of AMD and Intel...

21 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/24/2020

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

Intel Xe-HP Graphics: Early Samples Offer 42+ TFLOPs of FP32 Performance

One of the promises that Intel has made with its new Xe GPU family is that in its various forms it will cater to uses ranging from integrated graphics...

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

Intel’s SG1 is 4x DG1: Xe-LP Graphics for Server Video Acceleration and Streaming

For the last few years, Intel has had a product line known as the Visual Computing Accelerator (VCA). With the VCA2 product being put on EOL earlier this year...

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

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

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