Now that virtualization has become a key driver of x64 server sales, the ability to live-migrate workloads from machines using older chip generation to newer and future ones is important to data centers - which is why AMD's latest nerd porn demonstrates its Opteron architecture performing inter-generational migrations. The …
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Magny Cours? Mangey cores?
What about "mangy curs"?
Back in the heyday of El Reg, you guys would have just started calling the thing Mangey Cores, instead of working the phrase into a bloggy masturbation around whether to actually make said joke.
O, Screaming Cindy, where art thou?
...when it's Spa Francorchamps.
That's actually very cool that they can do that. Intel can't even manage it within the same family of processors. With virtualization and cloud being flavor of the month, AMD can gain some ground if the performance matches the features.
12 cores = 2 x 6 cores.
So, from a company who repeatedly and publicly dissed Intel's "bolt two chips together in one package" approach to upping core count when they were playing catchup, we now have, er, two chips bolted together in one package?
The chap behind the Mangey Curse of AMD. He doesn't bear a passing resemblance to Janus and suffer from indeterminate parentage by any chance?
.....on hearing of the use of this piece of kit, you can say 'Never Mangy Cores!'.
(Two minutes of Google whacking and Wiki fiddling will let you understand that remarkably inventive play on words.)
I agree there is a certain hypocracy here. However, the big difference is that AMD are being very open and upfront about it. Whereas, Intel were insisting it was a dual core processor from day one and refused to discuss or admit the reality made any difference. So, the issue isn't around what it is, but the honesty that came with it. AMD are well out in front on that angle.
F1 fans will note...
"OK, admittedly, this is not particularly exciting..."
Neither, in fact, was the Magny-Cours race-track in central France. Slated since its introduction to Formula 1 in the early 90s for being in the middle of nowhere and utterly uninspiring, it finally disappeared last year. Or was it the year before? Can't remember. Don't care.
I'm with David W.: let's have some decent names like Indianapolis, Monza or ... er ... Sepang.
12 core processor?
I'll take 4 on a nice Tyan board with quad-fire 4890's. Finally, 100 FPS in Crysis!
"That's actually very cool that they can do that. Intel can't even manage it within the same family of processors"
Yes, Intel can. AMD is doing it by turning on Enhanced Vmotion Compatibility, just like Intel would. One doesn't WANT to be able to migrate between families, because that necessitates turning off the newest features not available in the older chipsets. Why pay for brand-new tech and then disable 50% of it?
*danger symbol due to a high degree of marketing going on here.
as to what magny cours stands for:
it's a motor racing track in france ( according to the first hit in google ;-) )
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