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Lower-Power 512-Core Server

 
 
Lawrence D'Oliveiro
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      06-15-2010
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/14/seamicro_sm10000_server/>

Found this bit interesting:

"The reason why power is not an issue is that workloads have changed in
the data center," explains Feldman. "Now companies have smaller
workloads, and they are bursty in nature. And today's systems are
particularly bad because they have all these feature that suck power -
out of order speculation branch prediction, and so forth - that are not
particularly useful for these kinds of new workload and that consume
lots of power."

...

By SeaMicro's reckoning, on Internet-style workloads - search,
Map/Reduce and Hadoop, social networking apps, and such - the Atom core
offers about 3.2 times the performance per watt of a Xeon or Opteron
core. And the box can run Windows or Linux applications unchanged.

I see some definite opportunities for ARM here ...
 
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