The news of Ampere disclosing the industry’s first 80-core Server Processor was quite a buzz. On March 3, 2020, the company CEO announced that they started shipping the Ampere Altra processor. It brings the latest Level of Performance & Energy Efficiency to Cloud Environments. The company also stated that they are working on the Arm server processor.
First, 80-core Arm-based Server Processor Ampere Altra is the company’s next-generation cloud-centric product. It delivers 80 cores up to 210 W for current technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, telco stacks, edge computing, database storage, web hosting, and cloud-native applications.
Introducing First 80-core ARM-based server processor
Altra is one of the first next-generation server CPUs. It is designed to handle the burden in the cloud and on the edge. The next-generation ARM-based server processor is delivering outstanding performance. Ampere Altra is a cloud-native microprocessor.
From the last two years, Ampere’s Professional team has focused on developing the products that bring notable and different innovations to cloud customers.
Altra is a TSMC-fabricated 7nm-node server-grade microprocessor that features up to 80 64-bit CPU cores, arranged in a grid-like cache-coherent mesh that consumes up to 210W per package. The Arm-designed N1 cores are compatible with Armv8.2+ which is clocked up to 3GHz in turbo mode. It features a four-wide superscalar pipeline with “aggressive” out-of-order execution.
Top Features of Altra:
- Up to 80 single-threaded cores in a 1P and 160 cores in a 2P platform
- 7nm process technology
- 8 channels of DDR4-3200 at 2 DPC, supporting up to 4 TB memory per socket
- 128 PCIe Gen4 lanes in 1P and 192 PCIe Gen4 lanes in 2P platforms
- CCIX for coherent accelerator attach
- Two 128 bit SIMD units
- AI inference acceleration using int8 and fp16 instructions
- Server class RAS
- Arm v8.2+, SBSA Level 4
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