AMD contributes Naples processor to Microsoft's Project Olympus

March 09, 2017 // By Julien Happich
At the 2017 Open Compute Project U.S. Summit, AMD announced its collaboration with Microsoft on the design of next-generation open-source hyperscale cloud hardware. AMD will incorporate the cloud delivery features of its next-generation “Naples” processor with Microsoft’s Project Olympus.

“Next quarter AMD will bring hardware innovation back into the datacenter and server markets with our high-performance “Naples” x86 CPU, that was designed with the needs of cloud providers, enterprise OEMs and customers in mind,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president of enterprise systems, AMD. “Today we are proud to continue our support for the Open Compute Project by announcing our collaboration on Microsoft’s Project Olympus.”

The new AMD server processor is claimed to exceed today's top competitive offering on critical parameters, with 45% more cores, 60% more input / output capacity, and 122% more memory bandwidth.

The highly scalable, 32-core System on Chip (SoC) design supports two high-performance threads per core. It features fully integrated, high-speed I/O supporting 128 lanes of PCIe 34, negating the need for a separate chip-set. With 8-channels of memory per "Naples" device, the chip offers support for up to 32 DIMMS of DDR4 on 16 memory channels (in a 2-socket server), delivering up to 4 terabytes of total memory capacity.

The first “Naples” processors are scheduled to be available in Q2, with expected volume availability building in the second half of 2017 through OEM and channel partners.

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