In developing the Future Storage System series, I have been trying to take a part of my excitement for storage technologies and overlay them with systems/platform technology. Typically, the storage industry lags on the platform development side of the house (mostly out of necessity). So, part of looking at the Future Storage System was to take into consideration that in the basic design, some of the more current technologies could and should be used to enable “forward” thinking. That’s why you see such a heavy emphasis on Torrenza, Hypertransport, and integrated memory controllers. With the exception of Torrenza, each of the other aspects of system design have a rich history. Hypertransport, arguably, has been an outlier on the bus technology side, but it’s capabilities and industry support are unparalleled. Integrated memory controllers, while “nothing new” (DEC Alpha, anyone?) really came to the for when AMD introduced them as part of the Athlon series of processors. Today, I’d like to toss another wrinkle into the “platform meets storage” discussion by including another developing technology: the GPU (Graphical Processing Unit).
As promised (but a little later than intended), I’m currently working on putting the AMD Opteron “Shanghai” pre-orders into the Flickerdown Store. All of the models are available for pre-order and AMD has committed to ensuring that these parts will ship in a timely manner to the channel. However, as with ANY pre-order, delivery times can and (most likely) WILL change.
To that end, I’ll be updating the Flickerdown Store (and the front page) as delivery times and availability change.
Coming soon, I’ll be starting to process pre-orders for AMD‘s new “Shanghai” series processors.
For a quick reference list, see the following PDF.
AMD Shanghai 27xx/28xx Processor Line Card
I’ll have a price list up shortly and purchasing options!
Given that I’m trying to get back into a regular schedule of posting (and the relative frequency of “interesting” search phrases that lead people here), I hereby present the October 23rd Search Term Edition post! In case you missed last week’s, you can find it here.
With further ado, let’s get started.
Search Term #1: AX4-5