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AMD Technology: Enabling A Better World
AMD technology is being used to help address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. From helping scientists advance research in healthcare and climate change, to optimizing clean energy technologies, to creating “green” data centers powering cloud computing, AMD employees and the technology we produce are helping to make the world a better place.
Making Cloud Computing More Environmentally Sustainable
German cloud services company Intergenia is a leading provider of web hosting and server solutions across Europe and the United States. They are also dedicated to operating “green” data centers that are highly energy efficient and offer their customers cost savings and an environmentally responsible alternative to many other data center operations.
“By running the datadock, Europe’s greenest data center, we meet both our and our customer’s ecological concerns. The datadock’s fantastic Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) value of 1.21 is also supported by using energy-efficient processors such as AMD Opteron processors.”
-Intergenia founder and president, Thomas Strohe
Read the Intergenia case study on AMD’s Customer Experiences website or see the video.
Early Detection and Treatment of Breast Cancer with Advanced Medical Imaging
High-resolution imaging and detection technologies enable more precise, swift and timely diagnoses of life-threatening diseases, limit the number of invasive and unnecessary medical procedures and support preventive care. Medical imaging technology company, Barco, has relied exclusively on AMD FirePro™ workstation graphics cards for more than a decade to power their high resolution diagnostic displays.
View the video on AMD and Barco.
Health Management in Nigeria
Third-world conditions can make delivering electronic health care services particularly challenging. In Nigeria, the network and server access needed to manage health records and communications was limited throughout the healthcare system due to a lack of consistently reliable electricity. Read more on how eHealth – an NGO dedicated to providing universally available and sustainable Health Management Information Systems overcame this challenge.
Speeding Up DNA Replication
Once reserved for research, DNA analysis is quickly becoming an essential tool for medical professionals to accurately diagnose and analyze treatment options for their patients. BJS Biotechnologies turned to AMD to help them build their xxpress® DNA replication machine which incorporates an innovative design with a powerful graphical user interface that reduces setup time and the time required to replicate DNA from days or hours to as little as 10 minutes.
Read the case study on AMD’s Customer Experiences website.
Understanding Climate Change Using the World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer
The Titan supercomputer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the world’s fastest supercomputer (Top 500, November 2012. Titan is produced by supercomputing powerhouse Cray, Inc., and uses more than 299,000 AMD Opteron processor cores, as well as other processing solutions. Researchers are using Titan to develop highly complex weather simulation models to predict and understand the effects of climate change on our environment. Read more about Titan on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory site: http://www.olcf.ornl.gov/titan/.
Improving Weather Forecasts to Prevent Disasters in Brazil
In Brazil, the Center for Weather Prediction and Climate Studies of the National Institute for Space Research (CPTEC/INPE) is one of the largest centers for space and climate research in the world. The Cray XE6 “Tupa” supercomputer, the largest supercomputer in Latin America, relies on AMD OpteronTM processors to help CPTEC/INPE improve their research and operations, and deliver more accurate predictions that result in safer communities.
Increasing Wind Energy Efficiency
In a 100-megawatt wind farm, a small drop in output can result in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. A supercomputer built by Nor-Tech featuring AMD Opteron™ processors is helping engineers optimize turbine efficiency and output. The system computes highly complex fluid dynamics to fine tune turbine placement and positioning, which reduces wake turbulence and allows maximum power output.
Read more about Nor-Tech on AMD’s customer reference website.