Following our story about first dodeca-core Opterons hitting eBay as retail products and as a workstation, we asked AMD to confirm or deny revenue shipments of upcoming generation of AMD Opteron processors.
We spoke with Phil Hughes, Senior Public Manager for Opteron. Phil told us that AMD has "aggressively sampled production-level parts for nearly 30 days now." Phil also confirmed that AMD begun to ship Magny-Cours Opterons for revenue as they "have actually shipped a limited number of production parts to allow customers to prepare for launch – on track for later this quarter."
Phil had no comments on the eBay auction story, but it looks to us that Oakville Mehlville Computers, a small system integrator from Montana saw this as a chance to shine and decided to jump the gun by a week or two. There are no confidentially clauses attached, thus the SI in question was probably right to pull a fast one.
It looks like CeBIT 2010 will be painted with Magny-Cours and Lisbon processors and AMD is definitely hoping that the processor will have more luck than the track from which it carries its name – as Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours was dumped from Formula One World Championship back in 2008. For those needing a refresher course, here’s excellent look at AMD’s Magny-Cours architecture by our resident HPC Expert, Nebojsa Novakovic.