In this week's list of the 500 fastest supercomputers, Advanced Micro Devices slipped another notch. On the June 2004 list, 34 systems used AMD chips, but that decreased to 30 with the next update in November 2004, then 25 with the most recent list.
That's not great, given that the company and its allies touted Opteron as superior to rivals such as Intel's Xeon in high-performance technical computing. For contrast, there were 254 Intel Xeon-based systems and 79 Intel Itanium-based systems on the Top500 list.
AMD indeed started its marketing push for the 64-bit x86 chip in … Read more