AMD plans to build Phenom II X4 platform – a new petaflop barrier-breaking supercomputer that could land it among six other AMD CPU-based clusters in the world’s Top 10. AMD is quite literally suggesting that film animation developers, PC game developers, and cell phone game developers enable this supercomputer cluster as a “server-side HD cloud rendering” platform. That’s right, the company is suggesting that its cloud could pre-render graphics that a cell phone’s processor isn’t capable of rendering in real-time, and beam it to its user faster than its native processor would normally work.
The CPU count will likely be a power of 2, and the GPU count may match. The CPUs will be branded with Phenom II, not Opteron — the typical brand used in supercomputers. And the GPUs will be ATI Radeon HD 4870s.
AMD is partnering with Hollywood high-end graphics developer OTOY, which has agreed to deploy its rendering software in AMD’s cloud. In the demo below from technology provider OTOY, a Transformers-like video is rendered in real-time, with the view of the scene being changed “live” by a browser user who is downloading the results.