AMD introduced the world’s first dedicated stream processor designed to meet the specific hardware demands of high-performance computing (HPC) applications. Engineered specifically for compute-only systems such as workstations and servers, the AMD Stream Processor™ makes use of AMD’s new thin hardware interface called CTM™ to drive substantial performance gains in areas such as financial analysis, seismic migration analysis, and life sciences research, among others. The AMD Stream Processor is a PCI Express-based add-in board designed with higher memory densities than any consumer graphics card – a full 1 GB of GDDR3 memory for stream computing applications. The processor also features HPC-optimized memory performance designed to best handle unique stream computing problem sets.

At the Supercomputing 2006 show today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) introduced the world’s
first dedicated stream processor designed to meet the specific hardware demands
of high-performance computing (HPC) applications. Engineered specifically for
compute-only systems such as workstations and servers, the AMD Stream Processor™
makes use of AMD’s new thin hardware interface called CTM™ to drive substantial
performance gains in areas such as financial analysis, seismic migration
analysis, and life sciences research, among others.

Stream computing leverages sophisticated massively parallel processors generally
used to calculate and render millions of pixels onto computer monitors, hundreds
of times each second for 3D graphics applications. Stream computing harnesses
that tremendous processing power for a wide range of scientific, business and
consumer computing applications, providing organizations the ability to process
incredible amounts of information in significantly less time1. The AMD Stream
Processor is the first hardware of its kind dedicated to addressing stream
computing problems in the enterprise space.

Using professional-grade technology derived from AMD’s Graphics Product Group,
the AMD Stream Processor is a PCI Express-based add-in board designed with
higher memory densities than any consumer graphics card – a full 1 GB of GDDR3
memory for stream computing applications. The processor also features HPC-optimized
memory performance designed to best handle unique stream computing problem sets.
The AMD Stream Processor also includes broad operating system support for server
implementations; full-service, enterprise-class technical support; and a limited
three-year warranty. The AMD Stream Processor is available now from
distributors.

Leading hardware platform providers, including GraphStream Inc., PANTA Systems,
and Rackable Systems, also introduced new stream servers to the market today.
Stream servers make use of the new AMD Stream Processor to deliver
enterprise-class performance for the HPC and enterprise markets in industry
standard form factors.

“AMD stream computing represents a bold, new direction for high performance
computing,” said Tom Barton, CEO of Rackable Systems. “By leveraging the AMD
Stream Processor, Rackable Systems will be able to deliver a new class of stream
servers in familiar form factors that maximize performance and reduce costs. We
are excited by the prospects of using stream computing to create
application-specific platforms that offer improved price/performance.”

“Stream computing is in line with our Torrenza initiative, delivering on AMD’s
vision for co-processing and open innovation,” said Marty Seyer, senior vice
president, Computational Product Group, AMD. “AMD recognizes that HPC
applications have specific hardware demands not met by standard, off-the-shelf
graphics products. The AMD Stream Processor has been designed to address the HPC
market with higher memory densities and HPC-optimized memory performance. The
AMD Stream Processor embodies the perfect platform to run today’s stream
computing applications.”