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-in-chief 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.