The Naples processor is designed to compete with Intel’s Xeon offerings for the data center.
AMD unveiled a new lineup of processors for data centers on Tuesday, one week after its new Ryzen 7 consumer lineup went on sale.
The new offering, called Naples, is a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) aimed to compete with Intel’s Xeon processors, which have recently dominated the PC server market. Available in the second quarter of 2017, they blow the Intel competition out of the water in two key areas that data center operators care about, according to AMD’s test results.
In a typical dual-CPU server configuration, Naples offers 128 processor cores and 512GB of total memory capacity in 16GB DIMMs. Meanwhile, a comparable Intel-powered machine that AMD used for testing purposes has 88 cores and 384GB of memory.
AMD’s tests involved three different simulations of a seismic analysis that an oil company might perform before installing a new drill. The Naples-powered server completed each task as much as 2.5 times faster than the Intel machine.
AMD’s general manager for enterprise computing Forrest Norrod said at a press event last month that the data center CPU market had been “starved of innovation” thanks to Intel’s dominance. It’s the same idea that the company has been promoting with its Ryzen launch, too: that AMD’s new consumer and enterprise chip lineups will return the market to the golden age of CPU innovation.
“Today marks the first major milestone in AMD re-asserting its position as an innovator in the data center and returning choice to customers in high-performance server CPUs,” Norrod said in a statement on Tuesday.
Whether or not Naples ends up being everything AMD promises, data centers are the foundation of the internet—and by extension, much of our everyday lives—so any competition is welcome.