Lower-Power 512-Core Server

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. <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 ...
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jun 15, 2010
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