AMD's Torrenza Initiative: Creating a Community of Collaboration

Torrenza represents the industry’s first open, customer-centric x86 innovation platform, capitalizing on the Direct Connect Architecture and the AMD64 platform to enable other processor and hardware providers to innovate within a common ecosystem.

This collaboration allows partners with acceleration technology to increase system performance, scalability, and flexibility. And because end customers value openness and freedom of choice, Torrenza helps enrich the IT industry.

At AMD, we have made a commitment to open AMD64 technology and the AMD Opteron™ processor platform to collaboration from a broad community of innovators, including hardware manufacturers and software developers.

As an open environment, Torrenza was conceived to enable:

  • Tight coupling of accelerator coprocessors and option cards to AMD64 technology-based systems
  • Enhanced protocols to make accelerators more effective
AMD encourages innovation by the sharing of technology. As an example, the Torrenza Innovation Socket enables OEMs to develop their own silicon to take full advantage of an x86 environment and the accompanying economics associated with packaging, chipsets, and motherboards designs.

Through the Torrenza initiative, AMD has shared the AMD64 processor socket design and specifications to OEMs to allow collaboration on specifications and to take full advantage of Direct Connect Architecture.

Torrenza is designed to reduce complexity for customers while increasing the pace of innovation in both silicon and platforms.
Collaboration between AMD and the community of innovators will help provide datacenter managers with new levels of platform stability, upgradeability, and flexibility for their server infrastructure.

Stream Computing

Stream computing harnesses the tremendous processing power of graphic processors for high performance, data-intensive computing in a wide range of scientific, business, and consumer applications.

This provides organizations with the ability to process massive amounts of information in significantly less time.

Innovation Community

Leading server OEMs that develop silicon, including Cray, IBM, and Sun, have endorsed Torrenza as an open innovation initiative. Discover how AMD is creating opportunities for the global innovation community.


Advanced Research

AMD has teamed with the Computer Architecture Group at the University of Mannheim to establish the Center of Excellence for HyperTransport. Research at the Center will benefit the academic community and the next generation of solutions that leverages HyperTransport™ technology.

The Center of Excellence has released an HTX reference board for universities and companies that research compute-intensive testing and design applications. Research projects focus on both non-coherent and coherent HyperTransport, helping to support an open standards approach to innovation. The University of Mannheim is also a licensee of coherent HyperTransport.

HyperTransport™ Technology Consortium

The HyperTransport Technology Consortium controls, licenses, and promotes HyperTransport technology industry-wide. Since its inception in 2001, the Consortium has expanded to more than 60 members worldwide, including technology leaders such as AMD, Apple, Broadcomm, Cisco, Cray, Dell, IBM, NEC, Nvidia, Renesas, and Sun Microsystems.

OpenFPGA Consortium

OpenFPGA is a non-profit consortium focused on accelerating the adoption and incorporation of reconfigurable computing solutions in high performance and enterprise computing.

The consortium serves the worldwide community through collaborative development of the best practices and industry standards in reconfigurable computing. More than 200 organizations and 40 countries are represented through various working groups of OpenFPGA.


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