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Intel plans sub-10W Atom server CPU

3/16/2011 06:10 AM EDT
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PaulWeb
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PaulWeb   2/29/2012 3:26:47 AM
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Being new to this whole server thing, I wonder if these low power chips are powerful enough to run a dedicated server for a webhosting company. Of course, I am just talking about a small scale one, because low energy consumption would be great for the environment. Paul - http://www.connetu.com/

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Warren3   3/22/2011 9:38:19 PM
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Microsoft's Dileep Bhandarkar ("Distinguished Engineer responsible for Server Hardware Architecture and Standards for [Microsoft's] Global Foundation Services") has previously come out publicly stating that Intel should pursue this and so there is at least one person not currently working for Intel who thinks the idea is sound.

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rick merritt   3/17/2011 3:09:09 PM
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Several smart people are going after low power server CPUs for the data center including startup SeaMicro (using Atom). HP Labs has also done work in the area.

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t.alex   3/17/2011 11:26:35 AM
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Does it make sense to use Atom for server in the first place? Maybe Intel is just trying to scare ARM away.

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chanj0   3/16/2011 11:13:31 PM
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From one end, virtualization has been thriving to better utilize CPU cycles in high end server. From the other end, CPU makers are making low power CPU which can be used for smaller servers. These two courses will likely collide in the next few years. Which services will stay in the cloud and which services will stay local is still a question. Any comments.

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Duane Benson   3/16/2011 10:42:45 PM
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That's a name I haven't heard in quite a while. I installed a few Molecular systems way back then. If I remember correctly, you could add a whole lot of users to the system, but at some point, it would expend all of it's CPU cycles on user task switching and none on actual work. It does seem to make sense to have server CPUs diverge somewhat in capability from workstation CPUs. Any graphics oriented functions could be removed to save silicon and power consumption.

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BrainiacV   3/16/2011 9:00:53 PM
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The microservers remind me of a company from the 80's called Molecular Computers that used to put Z-80's on cards that would share a cabinet and hard drive for a multi-user system we jokingly called a "LAN-in-a-Box"

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goafrit   3/16/2011 5:23:49 PM
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Very interesting where INTEL is taking technology.

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