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SeaMicro Launches an Atom-Powered Cloud Computing Server

Jun 16, 2010, 18:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"This secret sauce of the SM10000 is what allows the boards to be so small. The company was able to remove things like the I/O assembly, BIOS , the networking interface and hard disk controllers. There are basically only three chips on a SM10000 card: the Atom CPU, DRAM, and the custom chip SeaMicro designed to replace all the old processors.

"Feldman said the custom chip is not exclusive to the Atom and could conceivably work with Intel's Xeon processors. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) will have to license the technology, though; SeaMicro has patents for its secret sauce.

With these multi-CPU cards, SeaMicro built a fabric to link hundreds of the motherboards together inside the 10u chassis. SeaMicro added gigabit switches, a load balancer and a terminal balancer, all in hardware. The Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP software of the popular LAMP stack used by Web servers that the SM10000 is optimized around, will run unmodified on the SM10000, no recompile needed. We are a LAMP stack crushing machine,' boasted Feldman."

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