June 30th, 2009 12:09 pm
Posted by Addison Snell
Tags: amd, hamburg, hpc wire, instanbul, Intel, isc09, tabor
I'm just back from the ISC conference in Hamburg, and one thing that struck me throughout the show was the dominance of Nehalem over Istanbul, not just in metrics like Top500 installations, but also in the energy across the show floor. It seemed just about every system vendor had Nehalem-based solutions on display, whereas to find anything about AMD, the AMD booth was almost the only option.
In our research we recently observed that HPC users demonstrate little-to-no loyalty to processor vendors. They'll switch to the best price/performance any moment it changes. We therefore observed that AMD had a chance to gain ground with six-core Istanbul.
After seeing the reaction to both at ISC, it looks like Intel is set to continue its dominance in the near term.
For more winners and losers from ISC, listen to this HPCwire Soundbite podcast, recorded by editor Michael Feldman and I on location in Hamburg: http://tinyurl.com/l7gwsu
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