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AMD launches Magny-Cours competition

AMD launches Magny-Cours competition

AMD's latest wheeze sees it crowsourcing ideas for using 48 cores in a server - and the winner gets a quartet of Magny-Cours chips.

AMD has decided to drum up interest in its latest Magny-Cours 12-core processors with a new competition, aimed at crowdsourcing ideas for making the most of a 48-core server.

As announced on the AMD at Work blog by director of server and workstation product marketing John Fruehe - via ARN - the competition asks users to write an essay or blog post - or for the more theatrically-minded, create a video - which describes in no more than five hundred words just what could be achieved with a server running four 12-core Magny-Cours processors.

The prizes on offer for doing AMD's marketing are pretty sweet: the lucky winner will receive a quartet of 12-core 2.2GHz Magny-Cour processors - to be called the Opteron 6174 once it has officially launched - along with a copy of Windows Server 2008. In order to build a system using the prizes, the winner will also receive a Tyan S8812 quad-socket motherboard - although the DDR3 RAM will have to be purchased separately, and with the board supporting up to eight DIMMs per socket it could prove an expensive prize once all is said and done.

Sadly, the competition is only open to residents of the US and Canada aged 18 and above, but for those geographically and chronologically eligible AMD is offering the chance to be "one of the first to have such a historic product" as the "first [...] 12-core x86 processors in the market."

If you're interested in entering, simply create your 500 word essay or blog post, or 3 minute video - preferably demonstrating how 48-core servers could "help society [and] help others" - and send it to AMD's marketing department via the entry form by the 24th of March and cross your fingers.

With AMD's latest server range offering impressive performance to go with the massive number of cores per chip - with Fruehe pointing out that the Opteron 6100 series will offer 33 percent more memory channels "than expected competing Intel products" while offering "more than double the memory throughput of our existing products" - the winner could end up with one of the fastest rigs around.

Any American readers tempted to try their hand at selling AMD products in order to get a forty-eight core rig, or are you struggling to think of a reason for that many cores good enough for AMD to use in its marketing? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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GFC 8th March 2010, 10:25 Quote
Yea, but can it run Crysis?
flibblesan 8th March 2010, 10:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by GFC
Yea, but can it run Crysis?

-_-
Kúsař 8th March 2010, 10:38 Quote
With this I could compile 12 levels of Quake at once! Which means I can compile entire episode + additional 33% of levels of next episode at the same time. That's awesome! :D
According to the link on AMD blog competing Intel product is Westmere-EP(tri-channel DDR3 memory controller). Let's wish AMD some luck for a change...
dec 8th March 2010, 10:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by GFC
Yea, but can it run Crysis?

If one frame is fully rendered by one core you MIGHT MIGHT get like 12fps

If i was going to enter id say 48 CPU's is better left for like government/military applications. Not like terminators but lets use the scenario where the police are looking for a murderer or something. Assuming there were camera's (or high res satellite images) a processor like this and enough RAM the computer could use the satellite's to take pictures of people who look like the suspect and cross reference that with where the crime happened and when and give the police a "its most likely one of these people" list.


Or the FBI could just watch you bathe for kicks.
RichCreedy 8th March 2010, 11:24 Quote
one hell of a folding@home machine, ps its my idea, so anyone submitting it, i want half the processors ;)
p3n 8th March 2010, 11:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by dec
Quote:
Originally Posted by GFC
Yea, but can it run Crysis?

If one frame is fully rendered by one core you MIGHT MIGHT get like 12fps

If i was going to enter id say 48 CPU's is better left for like government/military applications. Not like terminators but lets use the scenario where the police are looking for a murderer or something. Assuming there were camera's (or high res satellite images) a processor like this and enough RAM the computer could use the satellite's to take pictures of people who look like the suspect and cross reference that with where the crime happened and when and give the police a "its most likely one of these people" list.


Or the FBI could just watch you bathe for kicks.

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CharlO 8th March 2010, 12:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by dec
Quote:
Originally Posted by GFC
Yea, but can it run Crysis?

If one frame is fully rendered by one core you MIGHT MIGHT get like 12fps

Like 48 isn't it? Thats likely to be playable.
Pete J 8th March 2010, 12:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by GFC
Yea, but can it run Crysis?
I suppose someone has to ask it ;)

I wonder if these chips are overclockable? Probably not but hey, we can hope. Cooling for these chips must also be quite large.
eddtox 8th March 2010, 12:49 Quote
i just hope they don't start trying to tell us that we need 48 cores in our pcs. i think it's a great achievement, but the average joe shouldn't need more than 4 cores at the very most, with one or two still being the sweet spot.
TomH 8th March 2010, 13:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by eddtox
i just hope they don't start trying to tell us that we need 48 cores in our pcs. i think it's a great achievement, but the average joe shouldn't need more than 4 cores at the very most, with one or two still being the sweet spot.
Yes, but this is the future, not the present.
Brooxy 8th March 2010, 14:22 Quote
I think the winning reason will be:

The best use of 48 cores is having them because we can
tad2008 8th March 2010, 14:27 Quote
You forget to mention that this is ONLY open to U.S. Residents which leaves us in the U.K. out in the cold once again...
tad2008 8th March 2010, 14:28 Quote
Cleans glasses, then re-reads.... <looks abashed>
Nexxo 8th March 2010, 17:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kúsař
With this I could compile 12 levels of Quake at once!
Finally, a sensible application for all that expensive tech. :D
Farfalho 8th March 2010, 17:38 Quote
I thought this would have x64-bit architecture! For AMD claiming the first x86 12-core processor, I'm a bit disappointed but well, it has 12 core, hurray!

A great way to make use of that is by making real-life simulations in engineer, better, faster and more accurate simulations and medicine. It can also be used to guess the loto and euromillions numbers which could be a cheap investment xD
brave758 8th March 2010, 18:04 Quote
I already posted this

http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=184316

But ya my title could have been better. Hindsight, great eh. :)
Sloth 8th March 2010, 20:48 Quote
The world's most badass paper weight.
Vigilante 9th March 2010, 00:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Farfalho
I thought this would have x64-bit architecture! For AMD claiming the first x86 12-core processor, I'm a bit disappointed but well, it has 12 core, hurray!

It is 64-bit, the article just mentioned x86 to refer to the class of processor (in comparison to ARM-type architectures). It would be extremely silly for a quad opteron system with 32 memory slots and 48 cores to have no more than 4gb of memory address space :P
crazyceo 9th March 2010, 07:43 Quote
AMD cause uproar with their recent 12-Core release as it "EPIC FAILS!" when it's beaten in benchtests by Intel's Q6600. You know it's going to happen!
borandi 9th March 2010, 12:55 Quote
I currently run an 8 core, 16 thread workstation at work and it's still quite slow for what we do. 48 core workstations would be quite nice :) And there's liberal BOINC abuse, of course.
rickysio 9th March 2010, 17:20 Quote
Intel : Do I need to care? I have my upcoming octosocket octocore (64 Nehalem cores!!!) CPU system coming out soon.
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