What's better than 128 cores? 192 of course, or that's the bet Ampere is making with the launch of its next-generation Arm datacenter processors this week.
Since breaking into the datacenter CPU market in 2020 with the launch of its 80-core Ampere Altra parts, the company's strategy of packing a ton of relatively small, efficient Arm cores into a single socket has paid dividends. Today, nearly every major cloud provider, with the exception of Amazon of course, has put Ampere's cores to work in their clouds.
With the launch of its 192-core Ampere One processor family this week, Ampere hopes to cement its hard-won cloud foothold, even as Intel and AMD circle like buzzards with their own core-optimized parts.
So what has Ampere brought to the table this time?
Photonic computing technologies are seeing rapid growth in research output and technology development, and products are now entering the market. How will this new computing revolution impact scientists and engineers' research capabilities?
Photonic technology offers enormous potential advantages to data processing speeds for large-scale computing infrastructure while also promising to reduce networking and communications energy consumption. This technology has huge ramifications for advanced computing infrastructure such as supercomputers (HPC and AI), cloud computing, data centre networking and even quantum computing.
Performance bottlenecks and energy efficiency are a growing concern for scientists and researchers using HPC and AI systems as they can potentially limit application performance or make large scale computing unsustainable.