Slowly but surely, AMD is clawing their way back in both the CPU and GPU space, and the newest win for AMD comes from a recent announcement that Chinese internet giant Alibaba has signed on to utilize AMD Radeon graphics technology in their cloud datacenters.
“The partnership between AMD and Alibaba Cloud will bring both of our customers more diversified, cloud-based graphic processing solutions. It is our vision to work together with leading technology firms like AMD to empower businesses in every industry with cutting-edge technologies and computing capabilities,” said Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud.
AMD has been missing from the server, datacenter, and high performance compute market for a long time as Intel and Nvidia jointly dominate the landscape. This new deal however is a huge win for AMD as Alibaba is one of the world’s largest tech companies with a cloud service division that powers 35% of China’s websites.
Alibaba and AMD is currently demoing their jointly developed systems at The Computing Conference in Hangzhou, China. Alibaba Cloud’s SR-IOV (Single Root Input/Output Virtualization) solutions utilize AMD’s Radeon FirePro S7150 x2 GPU which features AMD MxGPU (Multi-user GPU) hardware-based server virtualization technology.