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.
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.