AMD yesterday introduced its first dedicated stream processor. The stream processor is designed for high-performance computing applications required financial analysis, seismic migration analysis and life sciences research. AMD claims “The AMD Stream Processor is the first hardware of its kind dedicated to addressing stream computing problems in the enterprise space.”
This is interesting as ATI previously announced its stream computing technology powered by its graphics cards. Folding@Home also announced support for ATI’s stream computing technology with a beta Folding@Home client that supports GPU processing.
Nevertheless, the stream processor appears to be based off the ATI graphics hardware. Rumors of an ATI FireStream stream computing graphics board popped up back in September. The AMD stream processor is equipped with 1GB of GDDR3 memory and most likely based on the ATI Radeon X1900 series GPU.
According to AMD’s press release: Using professional-grade technology derived from AMD’s Graphics Product Group, the AMD Stream Processor is a PCI Express-based add-in board designed with higher memory densities than any consumer graphics card – a full 1 GB of GDDR3 memory for stream computing applications. The processor also features HPC-optimized memory performance designed to best handle unique stream computing problem sets. The AMD Stream Processor also includes broad operating system support for server implementations; full-service, enterprise-class technical support; and a limited three-year warranty. The AMD Stream Processor is available now from distributors.
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