AMD demos next-gen x86 server APU running Fedora Linux – ZDNet

Chipmaker AMD has announced a major milestone in the development of its enterprise software ecosystem with the first public demonstration of its second-generation AMD Opteron X-Series APU, codenamed “Berlin,” running Fedora Linux at the Red Hat Summit 2014. 

According to AMD this is an important development for companies looking to transition to x86 APU servers but who don’t want to introduce new tools and software platforms into the IT environments, so this demo represents a step forward in expanding the footprint of x86 APU accelerated performance within the data center.

This demo of “Berlin” showcases the world’s first Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) featured server APU, and comes ahead of the chip’s official launch later this year. The demo highlighted new advancements including “Project Sumatra,” technology that allows Java applications to take advantage of the GPUs inside the APUs. The combination of Linux and Java on AMD APU platforms creates a platform for server-based multimedia workloads and general purpose GPU compute that will, according to AMD, help drive new levels of workload efficiency in the data center. 

AMD also plans to demo software-based on OpenCL parallel programming open standard and OpenGL cross-language, multi-platform application programming interface (API) for rendering 2D and 3D vector graphics on the “Berlin” APUs.  

“As servers adapt to new and evolving workloads, it’s critical that the software ecosystem support the requirements of these new workloads,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of the Server Business Unit, AMD. “We are actively engaged with a broad set of partners in the data center software community who are bringing to market the software infrastructure to seamlessly enable x86 APU based servers.”


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