Jan 13, 2021

AMD unveils new data centre chips, takes its shot at Intel

Microprocessors
hpc
Technology
AI
Harry Menear
2 min
The US chipmaker announced a new line of flagship chipsets, which CEO Lisa Su hints will surpass those manufactured by Intel
The US chipmaker announced a new line of flagship chipsets, which CEO Lisa Su hints will surpass those manufactured by Intel...

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced a slew of processors for laptops, gaming consoles and data centres this week at CES 2021.

Speaking at the company’s keynote on Tuesday, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su revealed the upcoming launch of a new family of high performance chips, including an upcoming next generation server processor for data centres, designed to handle extreme high performance computing (HPC) workloads. 

“AMD is incredibly proud to be at the heart of products, services and experiences keeping us productive, learning, connected and entertained in an increasingly ‘digital first’ world,” said Dr. Su in her address. “We are committed to consistently pushing the envelope on what’s possible in PCs, gaming, data centers and the cloud together with our industry partners.”

Dr. Su revealed that some of the new line of products would be hitting the market as early as February. She also hinted that the new chips would surpass those manufactured by its primary competitor, Intel. 

In the Q4 of 2020, 61.4% of x86 computer processor or CPU tests recorded were from Intel processors, a fall from the 64.9% share seen in previous quarters, whilst 38.6% originated from AMD processors. 

AMD has been fighting tooth and nail over the past year to wrest a larger portion of the global microprocessor market share away from Intel. 

"Third-gen Epyc [server chips] will reset the bar for data center computing," said Dr. Su on stage. The processor, codenamed "Milan", will be an essential underpinning technology in the continued development of the supercomputers, data centers and cloud services underpinning scientific research, global business, ecommerce and increasingly important cloud services like online learning, collaboration applications and video conferencing, Dr. Su explained. 

In a demonstration running the widely used Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) Model to crunch through a demanding workload to predict weather in the continental US, the Milan processors outperformed two of the "competition’s" highest end dual socket processors by ~68%. 

Dr. Su was also joined on stage by representatives from Microsoft and several other long-time partners of Intel, who showed support for AMD and suggested that the company’s chipsets would have a greater role in their purchasing strategies going forward. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Group Management: Superior compliance in construction

Group Management
mercury
3 min
Group Management’s Steve Cressey on a uniquely collaborative partnership with Mercury Engineering and almost 15 years of compliant construction projects

Group Management Electrical Surveys is a long-standing and vital partner to Mercury Engineering. The company offers an innovative suite of electrical inspection, test and documentation services to ensure compliance in complex major construction projects for many of the UK and EU's leading companies. Utilising in-house cutting-edge solutions and its highly competent and experienced engineers, Group Management provides everything from electrical inspection and testing to thermal imaging surveys, QA/QC management, torque compliance, technical support, DSEAR compliance and electrical installation condition reports.

“No project can achieve handover without the correct documentation and safety critical electrical certification in place,” says Managing Director Steve Cressey. “Our services ensure that project critical documentation and certification can be correctly produced in an efficient, cost effective manner, which makes Group Management an important part of any construction project.” 

Cressey joined the business in 2009, bringing strong and incisive leadership to Group Management, with decades of industry experience giving him a unique understanding of the design through to handover construction process. He has stewarded the business’ partnership with Mercury since its inception and describes it as uniquely collaborative.  

“Our relationship with Mercury Engineering stretches back many years. We partnered with Mercury  on our first Data Centre project together in Watford in 2007, and since then the relationship has gone from strength to strength,” says Cressey.

“The partnership is longstanding, and we’ve built an incredibly strong working relationship. Partnering with Mercury, who are an innovative, cutting-edge technology provider, means we must constantly improve our services offering. We strive to be the best in what we do, and Mercury can trust we will be efficient in delivering on time, on budget, to achieve a successful handover that meets both Mercury’s and the end clients’ future needs.”

Group Management has since successfully completed more than 30 Data Centre projects throughout the EU as Mercury’s preferred electrical compliance partner. The relationship has also seen Group Management partner with Mercury Engineering on four brand-new hospitals in the UK and Ireland, key pharmaceutical projects and a number of commercial and leisure spaces. 

“To ensure the continued success and growth of Group Management we always discuss projects with key clients and their teams, take feedback on the performance of both our business and our individuals, and in turn use that to improve our services,” Cressey says. 

“The professional development of our employees is essential to our success. All our employees are encouraged to continue their education, to further develop their skills through additional training, and that in turn drives better service and a superior product for our clients. We now offer four more services to Mercury than when the partnership began, which has helped spur Group Management’s growth and success within the wider market.”

 

 

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