What is it?
In our glossary entry about cores, we explained that multiple cores can help processors handle a large number of tasks simultaneously. Threads serve a similar purpose, except they are the smallest sequence of instructions that can be executed independently within each core. In other words, while cores are a hardware component, threads are a virtual concept that exist inside the cores. Through a process known as multithreading (sometimes called hyperthreading), each core can run more than one thread—that is, it can begin working on a second set of instructions while waiting for the first set of instructions to be completed. In this way, the processor is used to its fullest potential.
Why do you need it?
Just as most modern processors employ a multi-core architecture, most modern cores can engage in multithreading. While a processor is usually designed to distribute tasks evenly among all its cores before it burdens a single core with more than one task, the inclusion of multiple threads in each core has the effect of multiplying the processor's computing capabilities. Innovative computing techniques, such as parallel computing and high performance computing (HPC), can benefit from the higher number of cores and threads contained in modern processors.
How is GIGABYTE helpful?
The advanced processors installed inside GIGABYTE servers are suitable for multithreading. For example, a single 64-core AMD EPYC™ CPU contains 128 threads, and GIGABYTE's H262 Series of High Density Servers can house up to eight such CPUs. If you do the math, this means a fully populated 42U (42 rack units) server rack can provide more than 20,000 threads. If you require servers that are capable of handling a large number of tasks simultaneously, you would do well to choose processors with the highest core and thread counts, and pair them with GIGABYTE's many server solutions, whether it's H-Series High Density Servers, G-Series GPU Servers, or something else out of GIGABYTE's comprehensive product line.
Silicon Valley Startup Sushi Cloud Rolls Out Bare-metal Services with GIGABYTE
The Silicon Valley startup Sushi Cloud is competing in the public cloud sector by providing “bare-metal” services that give users exclusive access to individual, standalone servers on the cloud, resulting in a triple boost to performance, versatility, and reliability. Sushi Cloud purchased GIGABYTE’s R152-Z30 Rack Servers to offer its clients the state-of-the-art performance of AMD EPYC™ CPUs; the versatility afforded by superb memory and storage capacities, in addition to OS and software ecosystem compatibility; and GIGABYTE’s proprietary high availability features (such as SCMP and dual ROM) and remote management functions (such as GIGABYTE Management Console and GIGABYTE Server Management).
Server Processors: The Core of a Server’s Performance
How do server processors work? In which ways are they different from the processors used in personal computers? Which processors should you choose for your servers? GIGABYTE Technology, an industry leader in server solutions that support the most advanced processors, is pleased to present our latest Tech Guide. We will go over the fundamentals of server processors, compare the differences between various types of processors, and then present GIGABYTE products that may help you achieve your goals with the CPUs most suitable for your needs.
0 to 100 KPH in 3.3 Seconds! NTHU Builds Electric Formula Student Race Cars with GIGABYTE
Representing Hsinchu’s Tsing Hua University, NTHU Racing is one of Taiwan’s top Formula Student racing teams. In 2019, its electric formula student race car, the “TH04”, took second place in Formula SAE Japan. In August of 2022, its new and improved, 100% manufactured in Taiwan “TH06” will race for the gold in Formula Student Germany. Tsing Hua University built the “TH06” using GIGABYTE Technology’s W771-Z00 and W331-Z00 Tower Server/Workstation products. From finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling and analysis during the design phase, to racing simulations and experimenting with new tech during the testing phase, GIGABYTE servers provided NTHU Racing with the processing power and versatility it needed to engineer a high-performing electric vehicle that can go from 0 to 100 kph in 3.3 seconds—almost on par with Tesla’s Model S, which can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds.
Japanese Telco Leader KDDI Invents Immersion Cooling Small Data Center with GIGABYTE
Japanese telco giant KDDI Corporation has invented a new class of data centers that are mobile and eco-friendly. These “container-type immersion cooling small data centers” will employ “single-phase immersion cooling” to reduce power consumption by 43% and lower the PUE below 1.07. GIGABYTE Technology drew from its years of experience in the telco sector to provide the R282-Z93 and R182-Z91 Rack Servers for KDDI to use as the management and GPU computing nodes in the data center. KDDI benefits from the servers’ powerful 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ CPUs, the scalable, high-density configuration of NVIDIA® GPUs in small form factors, and the servers’ optimized compatibility with the liquid-based data center cooling solution. GIGABYTE’s participation in KDDI’s project is in line with GIGABYTE’s long-term CSR and ESG efforts, which are focused on working with global industry leaders to “Upgrade Your Life” with high tech while building a greener, more sustainable environment for our future.
Semiconductor Giant Selects GIGABYTE’s Two-Phase Immersion Cooling Solution
GIGABYTE Technology has built a “two-phase immersion cooling solution” for one of Taiwan’s foremost semiconductor giants, to be used in its sustainable, future-proof “green HPC data centers”. Not only does the solution boost the performance of HPC processors by over 10%—which is crucial for the nanometer process technology used in IC foundries—it also reduces data center power consumption by 30% and lowers PUE below 1.08, which turns it into a role model of green computing that may be replicated in data centers around the world. This exemplary project demonstrates how GIGABYTE can support its clients’ CSR, ESG, and SDGs-related initiatives, and how GIGABYTE is working tirelessly to “Upgrade Your Life” with high tech while protecting our environment.
CSR and ESG in Action: GIGABYTE Helps NCKU Train Award-Winning Supercomputing Team
GIGABYTE Technology is not only a leading brand in high-performance server solutions—it is also an active force for good when it comes to CSR and ESG activities. Case in point: in 2020, GIGABYTE provided four G482-Z50 servers to Taiwan’s Cheng Kung University. The servers were used to train a team of talented students, who went on to take first place in that year’s APAC HPC-AI Competition in Singapore. The parallel computing performance of the servers’ processors, the seamless connectivity between the servers, and the servers’ unrivalled reliability are the reasons why GIGABYTE servers are ideal for educating the next generation of supercomputing experts. GIGABYTE is happy to give back to society and contribute to human advancement through high tech solutions.
The Advantages of ARM: From Smartphones to Supercomputers and Beyond
Processors based on the ARM architecture, an alternative to the mainstream x86 architecture, is gradually making the leap from mobile devices to servers and data centers. In this Tech Guide, GIGABYTE Technology, an industry leader in high-performance server solutions, recounts how ARM was developed. We also explain the various benefits of ARM processors and recommend ARM servers for different sectors and applications.
Setting the Record Straight: What is HPC? A Tech Guide by GIGABYTE
The term HPC, which stands for high performance computing, gets thrown around a lot nowadays, as server solutions become more and more ubiquitous. It is running the risk of becoming a catchall phrase: anything that is “HPC” must be the right choice for your computing needs. You may be wondering: what exactly are the benefits of HPC, and is HPC right for you? GIGABYTE Technology, an industry leader in high-performance servers, presents this tech guide to help you understand what HPC means on both a theoretical and a practical level. In doing so, we hope to help you evaluate if HPC is right for you, while demonstrating what GIGABYTE has to offer in the field of HPC.