AMD give a detailed information about its upcoming Server CPU “Naples”(Don’t get confuse with the city name). yes, its a city in southern side of Italy. Naples is code name given to the server processor. This CPU will scale across the traditional server configuration and compatible with new cloud data center.
Journey from Zen to Naples
Naples delivers a high end zen based X86 CPU engine with its promising high performance 32 cores. There will be a vast different from what AMD was offering till date as their trademark CPU Opteron with 16-core processors. As word promising defines, that they have worked from scratched to make this Zen architecture. Desktop processor is already available in the Market with 8-core/16-Threads configuration. Ryzen R7 lies towards the high end Desktop market and R5 lies towards the mid-range PC market. Read more about the Ryzen here
with Naples CPU, its been saying that AMD is back at their data center and server market. So, they have planned to release it in Q2 of 2017.
Now, lets have a look at Naples Offerings to server market
- 32-core, SOC(System-on-chip) with support for two high performance core per thread.
- 8-channels of memory per Naples processor in a 2-socket server.
- Support upto 32 DIMMs of DDR4 on 16 memory channels, delivering upto 4 terabytes of system memory.
- fully integrated, high-speed I/O supporting 128 lanes of PCIe 3, so there is no need for a separate chipset.
- highly-optimized cache structure for high-performance, energy efficient compute
- AMD Infinity Fabric coherent interconnect for two “Naples” CPUs in a 2-socket system
What’s Next with Naples Server Processor
AMD is collaborating with microsoft to deliver cloud features with their Olympus project. Olympus project is a hyper scale cloud hardware design and a model for open source hardware development. he performance, scalability and efficiency found at the core of Project Olympus and AMD’s “Naples” processor means the updated cloud hardware design can adapt to meet the application demands of global datacenter customers.
This will definitely help us to understand how the Naples CPU performance will harness the Data center performance.