AMD Stream Processor First to Break 1 Teraflop Barrier
At the International Supercomputing Conference, AMD today introduced its next-generation stream processor, the AMD FireStream 9250, designed to accelerate critical algorithms in high-performance computing (HPC), mainstream and consumer applications. AMD FireStream 9250 breaks the one teraflop barrier for single precision performance. It occupies a single PCI slot and, with power consumption of less than 150 watts, delivers up to eight gigaflops per watt.
The AMD FireStream 9250 stream processor includes a second-generation double-precision floating point hardware implementation delivering more than 200 gigaflops, building on the capabilities of the earlier AMD FireStream 9170, the industry's first GP-GPU with double-precision floating point support. The AMD FireStream 9250's compact size makes it suitable for small 1U servers as well as most desktop systems, workstations, and larger servers and it features 1GB of GDDR3 memory, enabling developers to handle large, complex problems.
To developers AMD offers Stream SDK along with published interfaces for its high-level language API, intermediate language, and instruction set architecture; and the AMD Stream SDK's Brook+ front-end is available as open source code.
AMD plans to deliver the FireStream 9250 and the supporting SDK in Q3 2008 at an MSRP of 999 USD. The earlier AMD FireStream 9170 is currently available for 1,999 USD.
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