AMD’s sudden purchase of SeaMicro came out of the blue on Wednesday afternoon (West Coast US time) and was followed by a conference call with CEO Rory Read, SeaMicro co-founder Andrew Feldman and Lisa Su, AMD’s newly dubbed head of Global Business Units. This is a purchase that has the potential to put AMD back into the …
AMD will fusck it up
As above. Time and again AMD have failed to leverage the industry trends to get a jump on Chipzilla and others or even come out with a credible alternative until the mass market has already arrived.
To whit :
Arm (Tegra etc)
Missing many of these is no shame. Missing all of them - especially when they have in house knowledge is uttter, utter incompetence (in house knowledge = GPU's, SoC's etc)
Im a big AMD fan but it looks to me like they will continue to struggle for relevance in the Tween years of the decade.
Who cares if Xeon is twice as fast?
Just pack twice as many Opterons into a small box. Presto!
you have a small heater the BOFHs can cluster around in the chilly server room...
What is AMD up to?
Unless AMD is delusional, surely they must also realise that their processors are inferior to Intel in performance and power consumption?
Thus if you take a fairly successful server company developing servers using Intel's best offering and dump those for AMD's own inferior processor... which company in their right mind would still buy a server from SeaMicro?
Surely any new server from SeaMicro (using AMD's chips) is either going to be massively power hungry (bulldozer) or inferior in performance to the previous generation of servers using Intel's SandyBridge / Atom based architecture?
So... what is AMD up to?
Re: What is AMD up to?
don't read gamer reviews of intel vs amd power consumption and then draw conclusions about either HPC or webscale applications. these are throughput boxes, where the workload is embarassingly parallel and (for webscale at least) not flops-heavy. such servers are simply never idle, for instance (or their being used wrong).