AMD has introduced some new GPU produced based on the Polaris 10 under the Radeon Instinct.

The new GPUs are equipped with 16GB of VRAM which is needed for running larger shader based programs.

Intel, Nvidia and IBM has been more visible in the market with AI based products. Deep learning and AI are long standing research topics. AMD has managed to develop a CUDA compatible layer for their hardware which does allow them to provide some compatibility with existing software.

High performance computing historically has used CPU based solutions but modern graphics cards have now reached into the TFLOP range which does afford some potential.

Cray has used AMD processors. They have also used NVIDIA.CPUs for some machines. There is much competition in the supercomputer market. The main marketing term is for vector processing which is single instruction and multiple data (SIMD) and computers since the 1970s have long been designed to support this.


AMD is offering the MI8 which is based on the Fiji GPU (R9 Nano) and the MI6 which is based on Polaris 10. AMD Zen will be available for desktops in Q1 and for servers in Q2 2017. MI25 will be available Q3 2017.

AMD is also partnering with some hardware customers to build custom Zen systems for server rack deployments with varying numbers of accelerator cards in them, but obviously this hardware won’t be available for quite some time.

AMD Radeon Instinct