AMD: Google & Twitter Will Use New EPYC Rome Chips In Their Data Centers
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)—a California-based renowned semiconductor manufacturing company—proclaimed during a launch event that two leading global companies: Google and Twitter, have opted for its latest EPYC Rome processors. The launch of exclusive 7nm chips by the company is a breakthrough in the chip industry. Through this launch, AMD could attain a leading position by outstripping Intel. Last month, Intel made clear that it would possibly launch 10nm chips this year. Intel’s Ice Lake 7nm chips would not be available until 2021.
Intel is still at the leading position in developing the powerful processors for data centers. However, AMD’s strategy to undermine competitors through its latest tech releases and offerings at relatively lower prices have rapidly transformed it into a strong rival.
Before now, Google opted for AMD processors for operating its “Millionth Server” established in 2008. It is the first company that is going to exploit 7nm EPYC chips in its data centers. It is also planning to design virtual machines that will operate on the processors available to Google Cloud clients. Likewise, Twitter intends to equip AMD’s EPYC Rome in its data center later this year. Jennifer Fraser, senior director of engineering for Twitter, stated the chips would significantly save the power being consumed at its data centers.
A team of researchers from a cybersecurity and anti-virus software company, BitDefender, has found a security flaw in all the devices powered by the latest Intel processors. The flaw could allow anyone to access the kernel memory of the machine and retrieve all the sensitive data, such as tokens, passwords, and other files.
The flaw generates vulnerability for all the machines that are equipped with Intel processors supporting SWAPGS system call. SWAPGS signals green to the processors to switch between the user mode and kernel mode. This swapping feature is one of the tentative features available in the latest processors.