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AMD Zen: "High Native I/O Capacity"

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See "DATACENTER ROADMAP: 2016-2017" here:

http://hexus.net/tech/news/cpu/93746-is-amd-readying-32-core-64-thread-zen-based-opteron-chip/

Feast over these numbers for the 'Naples' variant: 32 cores and 64 threads, 64MB of L3 cache, and

a whopping 128 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes.

My Comment today:

> a whopping 128 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes

And, I hope that means a minimum of 4 x U.2 ports
on future motherboards with the Zen chipsets
and full support for all modern RAID modes;

-and/or-

NVMe RAID controllers with x16 edge connectors
and a minimum of 4 x U.2 ports on each AOC.

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For something that deep into server territory, I wonder what they're actually going to end up looking like. That's a tremendous amount of flexibility, you may be aiming too low (or too high) with your statements above.

Considering what Cavium's ThunderX is doing as far as flexibility, I wonder if AMD will take a similar approach as far as actual products that get pushed out?

I wonder when we'll really start seeing solid independent info on Zen...

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After I saw how nicely 4 x NVMe SSDs map into an x16 edge connector,

I started looking around for AOCs that come close.

Here's what I found:

Intel's x16 AOC, but it needs a proprietary riser card:

Intel.A2U44X25NVMEDK.jpg

HP's Z Turbo card with 4 x M.2s:

HP.Z.Turbo.x16.version.jpg


Dell's version with 4 x M.2s:

Dell.4x.M.2.PCIe.x16.version.jpg

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Another one:

http://www.serialcables.com/downloads/PCI-HBx16-I.pdf

And, Kingston's x16 AOC described here:

http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/kingston-e1000-ssd-nvme-liqid,1-3098.html

I found this at www.supermicro.com :

AOC-SLG3-4E4R-P

search for: "(NVMe AOC by 16 - AOC-SLG3-4E4R-P)"

"by 16" implies an x16 edge connector (but can't be sure without a photograph + specs)

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And, thus far in my search, this ASUS motherboard is the only one

with more than one U.2 port:

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA

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This is what I'm waiting for: ditch SATA-Express

and free up the motherboard real estate for 4 x native U.2 ports:

4xU.2.and.SATA-E.jpg

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