LONDON – Startup SeaMicro Inc. has announced it has packed 384 64-bit Intel Atom dual-core processors into a server. The resulting system, dubbed SM10000-64HD, delivers 768 1.66-GHz x86 cores in 10 rack units (17.5 inches).
This beats SeaMicro's own SM10000-64, which contained 256 dual-core Atoms.
SeaMicro (Sunnyvale, Calif.) claimed that the latest server delivers 20 percent more computation per watt and that it replaces 60 "traditional" servers at one quarter of the power consumption and taking up one sixth of the space. The company has priced the server in a basic configuration at $237,000.
Each dual-core N570 processor supports four threads and when used on a SeaMicro motherboard, and in conjunction with SeaMicro power management technology, the N570 uses, at peak utilization, less than one watt for each gigahertz of compute, SeaMicro said.
"SeaMicro's SM10000-64HD can pack more than 3,000 Intel cores in a standard rack – an amazing accomplishment," said Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel's Data Center Group.
SeaMicro's SM10000-64HD system is comprised of:
384 x86 dual-core 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processors,
1.536 terabytes of DDR3 DRAM,
up to 64 SATA solid state or hard disk drives,
8 to 64 one-gigabit Ethernet uplinks.
@Peter Clarke: I would sure like to know what their power management solution is for that many CPU's. Also, at 10-RU height, I imagine this server needs to be placed at the bottom of the rack to maximize the cooling from cold air -do you know if that is a requirement?
Also, what does their dual-die ASICs do? Is there any hardware/chip-level hypervisor for load balancing between the CPU's?
It is really an engineering piece, the cheapest Intel Processors put in place of a server CPUs, the saving in terms of power and space is mentioned in the article, but it will be simultaneously necessary to mentioned the details of reduction in the investment.
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