AMD's Latest Intel Counterattack

With the release of its new Barcelona server chips, AMD is pushing a new way of measuring performance that focuses on power needs

Tommy Minyard is a power planner—literally. As the assistant director at Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin, Tex., he's helping to assemble what will be one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. The behemoth will include 3,936 servers, each capable of running its own network of machines.

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