AMD's Torrenza advances

Project takes another step

AMD has released further details of its Torrenza project, which will one day allow server manufacturers to optimise servers for specific tasks by placing accelerator chips right on the motherboard.

Since unveiling Torrenza in June, AMD has been working on the specifications of a new physical interface that chip manufacturers can use to develop custom accelerator chips that will plug into a server motherboard, alongside or in place of an AMD processor, says AMD spokesman Doug O’Flaherty.

That interface, the Torrenza Innovation Socket, will use the same 1207-pin Revision F socket that AMD is using for its latest generation of Opteron chips, and will communicate with the main processor using a HyperTransport connection, O’Flaherty says.

HyperTransport is a specification for high-speed communications between chips or circuit boards.

AMD also announced that the project had won the support of six server manufacturers: Cray, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Sun Microsystems.

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