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System Builders Explore Ways To Boost Opteron Horsepower In Blades

Some system builders are testing a new option for servers using Advanced Micro Devices processors that would significantly boost floating point capabilities for high-performance computing (HPC).

The system builders, who spoke on the condition that they remain anonymous, said they are evaluating two-socket blades that couple a programmable coprocessor with AMD's Opteron CPU.

"We are talking about ultra-high floating point for high-performance computing," said a sales executive at one system builder. The executive noted that a coprocessor setup is the kind of deep customization work that can differentiate a system builder's business from those of top-tier OEMs.

Executives at AMD, Sunnyvale, Calif., declined to comment but confirmed that companies are looking at matching up coprocessors with Opteron CPUs and that AMD has been encouraging such experimentation.

An AMD spokeswoman said the company expects to show off some of the technology at a briefing scheduled for June 1.

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