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The Register: Transmeta chief talks Crusoe megaservers with The Reg; SMP is out, MPP is in

Feb 02, 2001, 20:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Transmeta founder Dave Ditzel says we can expect servers with hundreds of Crusoe CPUs later this year. But the dedicated, small form factor boxen won't look anything like today's SMP kit - even though Ditzel and partner in crime Gary Stimac (who pioneered Compaq's server business and has launched a start-up to OEM Transmeta servers) were SMP pioneers."

"We thought people want to scale to hundreds of CPUs, and almost all of the software out there like webservers already scales that way," he told us at the LinuxWorld Expo in New York. "It's parallel processing but not symmetric shared memory," he says. "And that adds - remember I was at Sun Microsystems for a lot of years - huge cost as well as delay introductions by probably more than a year. So the advantage you get from getting a system into the market a year sooner more than compensates any advantage you get from the SMP programming style."

"Instead, the Crusoe servers will be based on simple message passing parallel processing MPP, as used by say Beowulf and other technical, stateless clusters."

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