AMD SeaMicro SM15000 server sets benchmark record for Hyperscale OpenStack clouds

Summary:The test used 168,000 virtual machines on 576 physical hosts, with the first 75,000 virtual machines being deployed in six hours and thirty minutes. This, according to AMD, is the largest ever known demonstration of OpenStack scalability.

AMD has today announced that its SeaMicro SM15000 server has set a significant industry benchmark record for hyperscale cloud computing by demonstrating how OpenStack can quickly and reliably provision on-demand computing services at scale.

(Source: AMD)

The test used 168,000 virtual machines on 576 physical hosts, with the first 75,000 virtual machines being deployed in six hours and thirty minutes. This, according to AMD, is the largest ever known demonstration of OpenStack scalability.

AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 system are available in AMD Opteron, Intel Xeon E3-1260L Sandy Bridge, E3-1265Lv2 Ivy Bridge, E3-1265Lv3 Haswell and Intel Atom N570 flavors, and is the highest-density, most energy-efficient server currently available. A 10 rack SeaMicro unit brings together 512 compute cores, 160 gigabits of I/O networking and more than five petabytes of storage with a 1.28 terabyte high-performance supercompute fabric, called Freedom fabric. The SM15000 server eliminates the need for top-of-rack switches, terminal servers, hundreds of cables and thousands of unnecessary components for a more efficient and simple operational environment.

This was made possible by a collaboration with Canonical using the Ubuntu OpenStack (Icehouse) distribution. MaaS (Metal as a Service), which forms part of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu OpenStack, was used to deliver the bare metal servers, storage and networking.

The solution is available as of today, and according to AMD represents the most scalable, automated application for deploying OpenStack in hyperscale environments.

"This record validates that the SeaMicro SM15000 is well suited for massive OpenStack deployments," said Dhiraj Mallick, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Data Center Server Solutions. "The combination of Ubuntu OpenStack and the SeaMicro SM15000 server provides the industry’s leading solution to build cloud infrastructure that is highly responsive and ideal for on-demand services."

Canonical is also proud of this achievement.

"We have raised the bar once again and firmly established Ubuntu OpenStack as the fastest and most reliable way to build a public or private cloud," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical. "Ubuntu OpenStack stands out with its performance and sophisticated tools to provision, build and manage hyperscale clouds."

AMD SeaMicro servers have previously scored win with Verizon and RackSpace .

Topics: Hardware, Servers

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