AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 microserver chassis

AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 microserver chassis

Livestream Scales With AMD SeaMicro Server

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The AMD SeaMicro SM15000 many-core server has been deployed by LiveStream to support its growing live video infrastructure.

Event streaming provider Livestream has deployed AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 server with SeaMicro Freedom fabric storage as the core platform to provide live video and collaboration services. Livestream said the SM15000 will double its computing density while reducing power consumption. 

With a focus on big data, the SM15000 was released last year, and extends SeaMicro’s networking fabric beyond the chassis to connect directly to massive disk arrays, enabling a single 10 rack unit system to support more than 5 petabytes of storage.

Livestream’s analysis also showed that the SeaMicro SM15000 server provided significant energy savings compared to solutions from the other leading server vendors, verified by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

“Our data center has plenty of rack space, but we just could not fill them with servers because we could not get enough power to the racks,” said Thomas Bonnin, chief architect, Livestream. “SeaMicro technology provides the highest density servers on the market allowing us to get multiple racks of servers into a quarter of a rack with AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 system. What’s more, the technology allows us to reduce power consumption and the resulting cost savings goes straight to our bottom line. The SeaMicro SM15000 server also allowed us to double our computing capacity while at the same time, retire our energy inefficient servers.”

As a result of its rapid growth, Livestream is building out an architecture that will scale to support hundreds of millions of people. The SeaMicro SM15000 was selected for its ability to provide reduced power consumption as well as being optimized for Internet applications while providing the compute power to transcode live video.  The SeaMicro platform was tested to be used for front end web applications, backend application programming interfaces (API), workflow systems and streaming infrastructure.

“We went through a rigorous set of testing benchmarks as Livestream evaluated servers from the leading vendors in the market,” said Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager, Data Center Server Solutions, AMD. “Real time video transcoding is one the most demanding applications for a server, and our SM15000 server with the Freedom fabric’s 1.28 terabits-per-second bisectional bandwidth proved to be the winning platform. It not only delivers the computing power and low latency needed, but also creates compelling savings in both space and power.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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