AMD Continues to Drive Industry Adoption of GPU Acceleration in Enterprise and HPC Environments

June 28, 2009 // 11:23 p.m.

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— AMD FireStreamTM 9250 compute accelerator validated for HP ProLiant Servers as part of HP Accelerator Program —

Hamburg, Germany — June 25, 2009 — At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that AMD FireStreamTM 9250 compute accelerators are now qualified as part of the HP Accelerator Program to deliver the significant performance benefits of GPU acceleration to a wide array of enterprise and High Performance Computing (HPC) customers using HP ProLiant DL385 G5p and DL160 G6 servers. The massive parallel processing power and double-precision floating point support on the AMD FireStream™ 9250 compute accelerator make it well suited for the most demanding compute applications.

· Designed to meet the unique needs of the enterprise, the AMD FireStream 9250 compute accelerator is a datacenter-class solution designed to deliver superior performance and data handling. Increased competitive pressure is driving companies to adopt high-bandwidth, compute-intensive solutions, and the combination of AMD FireStream 9250 compute accelerators and HP ProLiant servers can enable HP customers to accelerate application performance. The HP Accelerator Program tests and benchmarks third-party accelerators in HP ProLiant servers to help increase performance and lower energy consumption.

· As the first stream processor to ever break the 1 Teraflop barrier, the AMD FireStream 9250 compute accelerator utilizes AMD’s advanced graphics architecture to dramatically and efficiently accelerate critical algorithms in scientific, financial and engineering workloads by up to 120X1 and at up to eight gigaflops-per-watt.

· Originally launched in June 2008, the AMD FireStream 9250 compute accelerator builds on the success of AMD FireStream 9170, the first GPU stream processor with double-precision floating point, and offers second-generation double-precision floating point hardware implementation that delivers more than 200 gigaflops.

· AMD FireStream 9250 compute accelerator consumes less than 120 watts, features 1GB of GDDR3 memory to handle the most complex computing applications, and fits into single PCI slot for unmatched density. Its compact size makes it ideal for small 1U servers as well as most desktop systems, workstations and larger servers.

Supporting Quotes

“Customers in the financial services, security, as well as scientific research industries leverage hardware accelerators to help maximise application performance and lower total cost of ownership,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president of marketing, Industry Standard Servers, HP. “The AMD FireStream 9250 compute accelerator optimises the performance of HP ProLiant servers to help improve application efficiency and drive engineering advancements in these compute intensive environments.”

“AMD is committed to driving widespread adoption of GPU technology for accelerated computing to improve application speed and efficiency for end users,” said Patricia Harrell, director of Stream Computing, AMD. “By working closely with our technology partners, we feel we are making large strides in delivering solutions that take advantage of increasingly important GPU technology for general purpose applications that help solve businesses most complex computing problems.

Supporting Resources

* Learn more about GPU technology for accelerated computing
* Download AMD FireStream 9250 brochure

About AMD

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¹ Claim based on Brown Deer Technology algorithm implementation on AMD FireStream™ 9250 compute accelerator. When run without the assistance of the AMD FireStream 9250, the calculation completed in 1626.91 seconds. With accelerated assistance using the AMD FireStream 9250, the calculation completed in 13.08 seconds. System specifications: AMD Phenom™ X4 9950 Black Edition quad-core processor (2.6GHz), Windows® XP 32-bit, ATI Stream SDK version 1.3 pre-release version, and AMD FireStream 9250 stream processor. Individual performance may vary.

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