SeaMicro: Welcome to the world of $148K Atom servers

SeaMicro has begun shipping what it calls the world's most energy efficient server running on Intel's Atom processor.

SeaMicro on Monday said it has begun shipping what it calls the world's most energy efficient server running on Intel's Atom processor. The startup launched the SM10000-64, a box that integrates 256 Intel Atom dual-core 1.66 GHz processors and 512 64-bit cores into a 10 rack unit system.

These machines are mostly designed for hosting environments. SeaMicro says it can cut power and space by more than 75 percent without software modifications. SeaMicro has a 1.28 terabit/second fabric that allows for more bandwidth than traditional servers. This setup allows the server to run things like Hadoop without network bottlenecks.

ARM Holdings and companies like Nvidia are also looking to launch low-power servers.

In a nutshell, SeaMicro brings the motherboard and power management technology. Intel brings lots of Atom processors.

The SeaMicro SM10000-64 system features 256 Atom processors, 1.024 terabytes of DDR3 DRAM, up to 64 solid state or hard disk drives and 8 to 64 on gigabit Ethernet uplinks.

And the price tag: $148,000.

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