Enhancing Data Security
Security breaches for consumer data stored in digital networks around the world have become all too commonplace. In 2014, AMD proudly announced the inclusion of the platform security processor (PSP) based on the ARM Cortex-A5 featuring ARM TrustZone® technology for enhanced data security in our APUs. These are the first and only x86 processors available to integrate an ARM core for security. With the PSP and ARM TrustZone® technology, consumer data is better protected and more secure.1
Accelerating Medical Technology
AMD technology is enabling significant improvements in the quality and clarity of scanning technologies through our high-performance graphics systems, which allows greater resolution, higher levels of magnification, and other improvements. For example, AMD Embedded Radeon™ graphics technology is the engine behind the new bk3000 Ultra High Resolution Ultrasound System by Analogic, which delivers a new level of imaging and system performance to provide highly-detailed medical imaging capabilities and other advanced graphics capabilities.
Enabling Technological Innovation
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has set a goal of reaching the next generation of supercomputing, which is called “exascale” or one quintillion operations per second, by the year 2022. In 2014, DOE awarded AMD $32 million to expand research efforts on exascale applications for AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) based on the open-standard Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA), as well as future memory systems to power a generation of exascale supercomputers capable of delivering 30-60 times more performance than today's fastest supercomputers.
Powering Pioneering Research
AMD leadership in heterogeneous high performance computing (HPC) is delivering more than 3 petaFLOPS (a measure of a computer's processing speed) of AMD FirePro™ S9150 server GPU performance for the GSI Helmholtz Center in support of physics research related to heavy ion studies. GSI, located in Darmstadt, Germany, is a research facility for heavy ion research including cancer therapy. The compute cluster was designed and built in conjunction with the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), a research institute for physics, neuro science, life science, and computer science.
Furthering Sustainable Computing
To reduce costs and the overall carbon footprint of supercomputer facilities, companies are seeking to reduce energy consumption while maintaining or improving performance. In 2014, the Green500 list ranked the AMD FirePro™ powered L-CSC cluster at the GSI Helmholtz Center research facility in Darmstadt, Germany, as the most energy efficient supercomputer in the world. In addition to claiming the top spot on the Green500 list, the AMD Opteron™ server CPU achieved the number two spot on the latest TOP500 List, a ranking of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world.