AMD, ARM, Apple and Intel are gearing up for a small but significant skirmish next week in the war over the future of computing-and it's all happening during the Intel Developer Forum.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Next week's Intel Developer Forum is shaping up as the next front in the battle over who will own the cloud and who will own the mobile client.
During IDF in San Francisco, Intel will roll out new client and server products and initiatives to defend its turf in everything from ultrabooks to exascale supercomputers. It also will try to grab some territory in hot mobile markets like smartphones, tablets and the Internet of Things were it lacks a firm foothold today.
Arch-rivals Advanced Micro Devices and ARM are setting up flanking actions all across the same terrain. Here’s a bit of what it looks like from our vantage point.
Monday (Sept 10), AMD will host a press event to provide the first details about what it will do with the server technology it acquired with SeaMicro. We already know SeaMicro’s interconnect will form the basis of a follow on to HyperTransport AMD will name Freedom Fabric and try to make an industry standard for an ecosystem of x86 and ARM chips—a key plank for building big data center systems of all sorts.
SeaMicro used ASICs on its original boards to implement the proprietary interconnect now part of AMD’s Freedom Fabric.
As AMD prepares its advance, Intel is inviting press to a small group dinner Monday night with one of the heads of its server business. It has also put together a pre-briefing on its interconnect plans that will be announced Monday (Sept. 10).
Intel’s acquisitions of Cray’s interconnect group and the Infiniband business of QLogic telegraphed Intel’s plans. Clearly, the company aims to bolster the proprietary Quick Path Interconnect on its processors to link clusters of CPUs for high performance computing and other uses in the cloud.
The engineers at Hot Interconnects recently devoted a whole panel to speculating on Intel’s plans and their implications. At the panel a representative of the RapidIO trade group said it is pitching its technology as a standard for use on ARM server SoCs.