Penguin Demos Open Compute Microserver With New Intel Atom C2000
September 6th, 2013 By: John Rath
With the Wednesday launch of Intel’s Atom C2000 processor, partners Penguin Computing and Super Micro have launched products that feature the new low-power chip.
Penguin Computing OCP Microserver
Pengiun Computing demonstrated a new microserver platform based on the Intel Atom C2000 processor product family. It is one of the first implementations that is built according to the Open Compute Project’s microserver card specification, and can house the 64-bit Atom C2000, with power envelopes as low as 6 watts. With the C2000 at its core the microserver platform features a modular architecture that allows for right-sizing compute capacity by populating each chassis with the right number of microserver cards required to accommodate a specific workload. The microserver cards as well as the microserver system are compliant with specifications defined by the Open Compute Project.
“Penguin Computing is at the forefront of delivering cutting edge server and storage solutions for the Open Data Center and our customers are focused on delivering the maximum compute and storage density within existing power and cooling constraints,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Penguin Computing.“Due to its ultra-low power envelope, high density, expanded memory and 64-bit support for the x86 instruction set we’ve added designs based on the Intel Atom processor C2000 to our product roadmap that will be fundamental to our microserver-based solutions.”
Super Micro MicroBlade
Super Micro (SMCI) debuted a new 6U MicroBlade product – a microserver featuring 112 ultra low power 8-core Intel Atom C2000 processor-based servers in 28 hot-swap micro blades. The modular architecture maximizes rack space with full-featured power-conserving servers in easily serviceable front access hot-swap Blade trays. Compute and storage are integrated in the individual blades and shared networking, power and cooling are located at the rear of the system.
“Supermicro continues a tradition of innovation and green computing with the debut of our new extreme-density, high-efficiency MicroBlade,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “MicroBlade is engineered with our most advanced power saving, modular architecture designs and incorporates Intel’s latest low-power Atom C2000 processors to dramatically increase compute density and maximize performance per watt, per dollar, per square foot. With 112 full featured energy efficient compute nodes per 6U, MicroBlade brings a new cost-effective, environment friendly microserver option to the table for rapidly expanding data centers and cloud service providers.”