Roundup: SeaMicro’s New SM10000 Server

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Yesterday we wrote about startup SeaMicro’s introduction of its new SM10000 server, which runs on Intel’s low-power Atom chips. The announcement triggered a lot of coverage and discussion. Here’s a roundup of some of the notable commentary and analysis:

  • Mystery startup uncloaks 512-core server – SeaMicro created what is in essence a supercomputer interconnection fabric that also virtualizes the memory and I/O for tiny Atom-based servers, many of which are crammed onto a single motherboard, with many of these mobos plugged into the fabric using plain old PCI-Express links. The Register.
  • SeaMicro drops an atom bomb on the server industry – If SeaMicro can deliver, then it will deal a big blow to server vendors such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. And it could delight customers with big data centers that are consuming too much power and are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for free internet services. From VentureBeat.
  • SeaMicro’s Low-power Server Finally Launches – At its heart, SeaMicro has recognized that performance isn’t what much of today’s computing tasks require. Jobs like serving up a web page or even grabbing a photo don’t need gigahertz, they just need to deliver results quickly as part of a highly redundant cluster of servers without gulping power. From GigaOm.
  • SeaMicro Tries to Rethink the Internet Server – The heart of SeaMicro’s design is an off-the-shelf component, from what some people might consider the wrong shelf. The Digits blog from the Wall Street Journal.
  • SeaMicro Lifts Veil on 512 core Atom Server – The SM10000 will be the first product released from the company and it looks to be a doozy. From InsideHPC.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.