annoyed (was: AMD annoyed...)

David Grant davidgrant at
Sat Mar 17 12:48:39 PST 2001


I've had many previous firm commitments from AMD that date back to Q3 of
last year.  I know your frustration.  I've passed on information to end
users with FIRM assurances from AMD only to have the timeline changed again.

The current official statement from AMD is that the dual Athlon CPU option
"should"  be released by late Q2.   That looks to be June in my books.   I
don't bet, but if I was a betting man, I'd say we'll see it sometime this
summer as a best case scenario.....

time may prove me wrong....but I don't think so....

just my .02

David A. Grant,  V.P. Cluster Technologies
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin Siegert" <siegert at>
To: "Robert G. Brown" <rgb at>
Cc: <beowulf at>
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2001 7:38 PM
Subject: annoyed (was: AMD annoyed...)

> On Fri, Mar 16, 2001 at 06:19:01PM -0500, Robert G. Brown wrote:
> >
> > Well, it turns out AMD is annoyed by my "publishing" pre-release
> > benchmarks of the dual Athlon, in spite of all the caveats and warnings
> > that I was testing a pre-release stepping of the chipset.  At a guess,
> > the folks in marketing there don't think that technical folks know the
> > difference between pre-release numbers and final numbers (and perhaps
> > don't understand just how enthusiastic this site was making folks about
> > the dual athlon even in the brief time it was up).  Who knows, they
> > could be right.
> Now I am annoyed.
> I few weeks ago I basically had decided to build a 96 node beowulf out
> of dual Athlons.
> Then AMD pushed back the release of the duals to the second quarter of
> 2001. Very bad if your grant money arrives in a few weeks and your
> fellow researchers want to use the new cluster right away.
> And I still have to test the thing (stability, setup, etc.) ...
> Now, Robert did part of my job by benchmarking the dual Athlon (thanks
> and they "encourage" him to take his site down ...
> Does AMD wants to force me to buy Intels? Sigh.
> Martin
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