Data Center Power Relief from Atom-based Servers

Monday Jun 21st 2010 by DatabaseJournal.com Staff

Data center power reduction but not ready just yet for databases like Oracle.

Designed to be more power efficient while still delivering equal performance as 40 1U dual-socket quad-core Intel Xeon servers, SeaMicro’s newly released SM10000 may seem like the ideal piece of hardware. The SM10000 consists of 512 low-power 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processors, some proprietary ASICs chipsets and FPGAs and memory, unfortunately this supercomputer-like server was, “designed primarily for ‘Internet’ workloads,” workloads that are, "highly partitioned and independent and can be executed quickly in a single pipeline," said Andrew Feldman, SeaMicro’s CEO. He went on to say, "Just try running Oracle in 2 GB of memory; it's not going to happen. As much as I'd like to, I can't just replace my entire data center with these things.” Feldman has discussed expanding the available memory to 4 GB with SeaMicro, which as he said, “would dramatically extend SM10000's usefulness.”
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