SOURCE: SeaMicro


July 18, 2011 00:01 ET

SeaMicro Introduces the SM10000-64HD, Setting Industry Record for Energy Efficiency and Compute Density

With 384 Intel® Atom™ Dual-Core 1.66 GHz Processors; 768 64-Bit Cores and 1,275 GHz in a 10 Rack Unit System

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 18, 2011) - SeaMicro™, the Silicon Valley pioneer of low power server technology, today announced the immediate availability of the world's most energy efficient 64-bit x86 server: the SM10000-64HD™. SeaMicro has once again defined best in class by improving its own compute density record by 150 percent and increasing its own industry leading compute per-watt metric by 20 percent. The new SM10000-64HD replaces 60 traditional servers, four top of rack switches, four terminal servers and a load balancer while using one-fourth the power and taking one-sixth space -- all without requiring any changes to software.

The SM10000-64HD combines SeaMicro's revolutionary server architecture with 384 of the latest 64-bit Intel® Atom™ N570 dual-core processors. The resulting system delivers an industry best 768 1.66 GHz x86 cores in 10 rack units (17.5 inches). The previous industry record was held by SeaMicro's SM10000-64, which sports 256 dual-core Atom processors for a total of 512 1.66 GHz x86 cores in 10 rack units. Bringing together Intel's most advanced Atom processor and SeaMicro's Internet-optimized server architecture, the SM10000-64HD combines the benefits of energy efficiency, high compute density, and 64-bit x86 software support.

Optimized for the 64-bit Internet data center environments that now dominate the landscape, the SM10000-64HD delivers more compute per-unit power and more compute per-unit space than any x86 system ever built. SeaMicro's SM10000-64HD is based on the Intel Atom dual-core 1.66 GHz N570 processor, which supports 64-bit operating systems, four gigabytes of operating system addressable memory per socket and is the first low-power Atom processor to support virtualization. Each dual-core N570 processor supports four threads and delivers the industry's best performance per-watt for Internet workloads. When used on a SeaMicro motherboard, and in conjunction with SeaMicro power management technology, the N570 uses, at peak utilization, less than one watt for each gigahertz of compute.

"SeaMicro servers continue to innovate in power efficiency and compute density. SeaMicro's fabric technology, combined with Intel Atom processors, has enabled a 50 percent jump in the number of processors per rack, while maintaining the broad software compatibility of x86 architecture that customers require," said Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel's Data Center Group. "SeaMicro's SM10000-64HD can pack more than 3,000 Intel cores in a standard rack -- an amazing accomplishment."

The SM10000-64HD also showcases SeaMicro's ability to drive innovation at rates previously unheard of in the server industry.

"SeaMicro has delivered three server systems in nine months, each setting the record for energy efficient compute and compute density. Over that time, the company has increased density by 150 percent and increased its lead in the all important compute per-watt metric," said Zeus Kerravala, senior vice president and distinguished research fellow, Yankee Group. "This rapid rate of innovation is a testament to the flexibility and extendibility of its system architecture particularly its supercompute style fabric and system software."

Like all SeaMicro servers, the SM10000-64HD is exceptionally easy to use. It simplifies data center operations and management by eliminating layers of Ethernet switches, server management devices and expensive load-balancers. It is plug and play -- customers can deploy it without modifications to existing operating systems, application software or management tools.

SeaMicro's SM10000-64HD system is comprised of:

  • 384 x86 dual-core 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processors,
  • 1.536 terabytes of DDR3 DRAM,
  • up to 64 SATA solid state or hard disk drives,
  • 8 - 64 one gigabit Ethernet uplinks.

Additional benefits include:

  • support for 64-bit operating systems,
  • four gigabytes of addressable memory per socket,
  • industry leading density with 768 cores per 10 rack unit, or 3,072 cores per 7-foot rack,
  • runs off-the-shelf OSs for application compatibility, enabling drop-in adoption,
  • integrated top-of-rack switch, load balancer and console server simplify infrastructure by eliminating equipment that adds unnecessary cost and management complexity.

The SeaMicro SM10000-64HD is now generally available in the U.S. and at select international locations. The U.S. list price for a base configuration is $237,000. More information on SeaMicro and the SM10000-64HD is available at

About SeaMicro
SeaMicro is transforming the data center landscape by building servers that draw one-quarter the power and take one-quarter the space of traditional servers. By delivering breakthrough innovations borne of multiple technology domains -- CPU design, virtualization, supercomputing and networking -- SeaMicro has created a new server architecture purpose-built for scale out infrastructures such as those found in the web-tier, online gaming, search and index computation. SeaMicro was founded in 2007 and is backed by Khosla Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Crosslink Capital, as well as leading public corporations. The company also received the largest Department of Energy grant given to a server company, $9.3 million, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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