AMD returned to the data center CPU market in a big way with their Epyc platform in 2017. But what about competing with Nvidia on the GPU side? The release of the Vega 20-based Radeon Instinct cards signals that AMD is ready to try.
At the Open Compute Summit, AMD went into some more details about it’s high end server CPU, codenamed “Naples”. At one time, the company’s Opteron processors were used in supercomputers. While never the dominant force in the data center, AMD had carved out a niche. The last decade has proven more problematic in the enterprise. AMD thinks Naples is not only competitive with the best from Intel, but will serve as a bulwark against what they describe as the problem of server “incrementalism”.