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AMD believes in the future of dedicated processors
A year and a half after announcing the “Accelerated Computing” initiative to build an ecosystem of third-party products to complement and extend AMD’s own processor platform, the company has acquired two dozen partners to develop related products.
Although few commercial products have emerged so far, the company believes the first of three phases of its dedicated processor program has already passed. Doug O’Flaherty, AMD Business Unit Manager, said: “While we are not definitely talking about the death of standalone processors, AMD is confident that we are in the final stages of a ‘one size fits all’ computing model. To get a significant increase in performance on a specific class of tasks, according to O’Flyerty, it is necessary to be able to optimize systems using specialized hardware and software.
The situation at the first stage of the program was to a certain extent reminiscent of the chicken and egg problem. AMD has worked to promote “accelerated computing” while working with industry organizations to develop standards that would allow for better integration between processors (such as AMD’s Opteron) and coprocessors, GPUs, and other specialized logic circuits that can improve computer performance.
The beginning of the second phase, according to AMD, should be marked by much broader support for the program and the emergence of a large number of commercial products, such as specialized processors, in the next year or one and a half. Phase 3, the release of platforms with support for third-party products should be a significant contributor to AMD’s revenues.
However, not everyone shares AMD’s optimism. Nathan Brookwood, analyst at Insight 64, expressed skepticism about AMD’s ability to push platforms with dedicated “accelerators” to the mass market. At the same time, he acknowledges that AMD’s approach is a smart strategy for markets where optimization is critical. For example, we are talking about supercomputer computing and security systems.
Source: EE Times