India is high end computer battleground between AMD and Intel

Beancounters at Gartner say that there is a Mahabharata style epic battle between AMD and Intel in India as both outfits push their high-end server processors.

Intel, for instance, recently launched four- to eight-core Xeon 7500 “Nehalem EX” processors, and AMD unveiled its eight- to 12-core Opteron 6000 “MagnyCours” chips.

High performance computers (HPC) are used to solve advanced computation problems and are generally used in high-tech industries, by research and development institutes, and in the manufacturing sector.

According to the Business Standard the number of organisations with performance computing facilities or supercomputers in India has risen from 11 in November 2008 to 15 in December 2009 with two of them featuring in the Top 500 of the latest supercomputers.

Bangalore ranks first with five supercomputers, followed by three each in Pune and Chennai. Besides, Delhi has two supercomputers whereas Mumbai and Hyderabad had one each, said a SERC report.

Gartner’s Naveen Mishra said this means that the Indian HPC segment will see a double-digit growth over the next two years and Intel and AMD will want to get their chips into the developing marketplace.

Mishra said that it will be interesting to see how Intel and AMD gear up to the growing HPC requirements in the Indian market. This will be good news for firms who want to adopt HPC as this gives them better options. Besides, the market also gets competitive with better price and features availability.

So far Intel has been winning the war with 15 supercomputers “are belong to” the outfit. The Tata Sons-owned Computational Research Laboratories (CRL) in Pune with server clusters having processors from the Intel Xeon family of processors. CRL has also been named as the fourth fastest one in the world.