SeaMicro in the News
With the new certification for CDH4, Cloudera’s Distribution Including Apache Hadoop Version 4, AMD SeaMicro’s SM 15000 Fabric Compute System is attempting to redefine the price, performance, and efficiency model for deploying Hadoop solutions. Their Freedom Supercomputer Fabric provides 1.28 Tb/s of bandwidth supporting up to 512 CPU cores and five petabytes of storage in a single system.
And while ARM processors are seemingly the center of the mainstream microserver market, the SeaMicro 15000, which is the first computing fabric solution certified for the industry leading CDH4 software (which is used by more than 50% of the Fortune 50) runs strictly with x86 architecture processors.
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AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 server has been certified for CDH4, an Apache Hadoop distribution by Cloudera.
The company is pitching the server, with its up to 512 processor cores and more than five petabytes of storage in a single system, as an energy-efficient server platform for big-data applications. With everything required for CDH4, it becomes a “Hadoop-in-a-Box” solution, AMD said.
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Call it the world’s most advanced LAN party on wheels. The Firefall Mobile Gaming Unit (MGU) is a 48-foot bus packed with 20 high-end AMD gaming stations, which can support LANs of up to 3,000 people and connect gamers from any location to millions of others around the world. It’s an achievement that requires packing a lot of server power into a small space.
The solutions was the AMD SeaMicro M10000-XE Server, which packs 256 CPU cores into a 10U chassis. Red 5 Studios, the maker of Firefall, has deployed the SM10000-XE to power the MGU. SeaMicro says the server uses half the power and a third of the space of equivalent computing power in competing rackmount units. It also simplifies installation, management and maintenance by removing the need for top of rack switches, terminal servers and networking devices.
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Event streaming provider Livestream has deployed AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 server with SeaMicro Freedom fabric storage as the core platform to provide live video and collaboration services. Livestream said the SM15000 will double its computing density while reducing power consumption.
With a focus on big data, the SM15000 was released last year, and extends SeaMicro’s networking fabric beyond the chassis to connect directly to massive disk arrays, enabling a single 10 rack unit system to support more than 5 petabytes of storage.
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Rackspace has certified AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 server as appropriate to run as part of its private cloud architecture designed around OpenStack, an open-source cloud operating system.
The server was certified for both compute and storage portions of OpenStack, called “Nova in a Box” and “Swift in a Rack,” respectively.
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You can run but you can’t hide — it’s time for all those top ten (top twelve, top five) lists that pervade the Internets in the last few weeks of the year. I’ll be crafting a few for you dear readers, and will be shooting to bring you something a little bit different from the norm.
So here’s my first, where I parse out what I think have been the top 10 best, and the top 10 worst, things that have landed on the cleantech scene in 2012. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
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SAN ANTONIO, Oct 15, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today, Rackspace(R) Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, announced product certifications for Rackspace Private Cloud partners.
"We have seen great demand from companies to certify their products, hardware or software, against Rackspace Private Cloud," said Scott Sanchez, director of strategy, Rackspace Private Cloud. "We want to continue to foster adoption of open clouds and make it easier for our customers and partners to deploy Rackspace Private Cloud in their data centers." Rackspace makes deploying and managing private clouds easy. In less than an hour, a Rackspace Private Cloud, dubbed "Alamo," can be downloaded and deployed in a customer's data center and supported by the open cloud experts at Rackspace. Thousands of companies, organizations and individuals from around the world have downloaded the Rackspace Private Cloud software and are using it today. Rackspace is now extending the capabilities of this offer by providing programs to help its technology partners validate their offerings against Rackspace Private Cloud, and thereby making those solutions more attractive to customers using Rackspace Private Cloud solutions.
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Advanced Micro Devices unveiled an energy-efficient server platform aimed at Big Data and cloud computing, the first major fruit of its acquisition of SeaMicro this year as the chipmaker struggles to diversify beyond a stagnant PC industry.
The new technology, which works with processors made by AMD as well as Intel, has more bandwidth while using less electricity than previous products, Andrew Feldman, formerly CEO of SeaMicro and now at AMD, told reporters at an event.
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Advanced Micro Devices put itself in an unusual position by buying the startup SeaMicro earlier this year. Now AMD AMD +3.87% not only sells chips, but also server systems–competing, at least to some extent, with computer makers that buy its chips.
It just raised the ante. The AMD unit that includes the former SeaMicro operations late Monday announced a new server as well as plans to use its underlying technology to help customers exploit an unusually large pool of data storage.
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Amidst all the other news today, AMD also slipped in a small but potentially momentous announcement. Beginning in 2014, AMD will begin shipping Opteron server processors based on the low-power ARM architecture, in addition to the x86-based Opterons that it has been shipping for years.
Calling it a "historic day" for the company, AMD President and CEO Rory Read hopes that the new chips will "disrupt the status quo" and "drive the industry to where it needs to go to inspire competition and to enable our customers to do more."
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Last year AMD officially became an ARM licensee, although the deal wasn't publicized at the time. Fast forward to June 2012 and we saw the first fruits of that deal: AMD announced it would integrate ARM's Cortex A5 core into its 2013 APUs to enable TrustZone support.
Today comes a much bigger announcement: AMD will be building Opteron processors based on a 64-bit ARM architecture. There are no product announcements today, but the 64-bit ARM Opterons will go into production in 2014. Today's announcement is about a processor license, not an ARM architecture license - in other words, AMD will integrate an ARM designed 64-bit core for this new Opteron.
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Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is getting underway with a conference call for analysts to update them on its outlook for a broad restructuring effort announced October 18th, involving the laying off of 15% of its staff.
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Hoping to disrupt the market for data center chips, Advanced Micro Devices announced today that it will offer ARM-based server chips in the future. This strategic move is akin to a major league baseball team switching to football.
“This is a historic day,” said Rory Read (pictured), chief executive of AMD, the No. 2-maker of Intel-compatible chips.
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In a thoughtful series of articles in The New York Times, reporter James Glanz has re-ignited a discussion about the extent to which the rapid growth in all things digital is creating a massive energy hog that bears watching. There have been so many rebuttals to these articles that a summary of all the accusations, counter-points and the general fallout was published in GreenBiz.com.
To read the original Huffington Post article, click here.
SeaMicro has unveiled the first product updates to its energy-efficient server platform since being acquired by AMD earlier this year, launching the SM15000 server and Freedom Fabric storage enclosures. The new servers are aimed squarely at the cloud computing market, offering configurations using AMD and Intel processors.
The SN15000 can manage as much as 5PB (petabytes) of storage spread across up to 1,408 mechanical disks or SSDs. It will be available in two distinct hardware configurations, the first uses 64 AMD Opteron eight-core processors, giving 512 cores and 4TB of DRAM. For those who prefer Intel chips, SeaMicro offers a version with 64 Intel Xeon quad-core Ivy Bridge processors amounting to 256 cores with 2TB of DRAM.
Asked if Intel customizes microprocessors for its biggest customers, Diane Bryant said: “Yes.”
Bryant heads the Intel group that builds server chips and other hardware bound for large data centers. Last week, during a dinner with reporters in downtown San Francisco, she was explaining just how much the server business has changed in recent years. In 2008, three server giants — HP, Dell, and IBM — accounted for 75 percent of the revenues Intel pulled in from the sale of server chips. But today, Bryant said, that 75 percent is spread across eight server makers, and one of them is Google, a company that only makes servers for itself.
Then a reporter asked if Intel customizes parts for its largest customers. “Yes,” Bryant said. “We want to give them a way of differentiating their machines.”
Advanced Micro Devices has announced the SeaMicro SM15000 server, the industry's first microserver for big data. AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 server revolutionizes computing with the invention of Freedom fabric storage, which extends its Freedom fabric beyond the SeaMicro chassis to connect directly to massive disk arrays, enabling a single ten rack unit system to support more than 5PB of low-cost, easy-to-install storage.
When it comes to delivering next-gen servers for Big Data and cloud computing, AMD isn't letting its rivalry with Intel get in the way of new product.
AMD this week announced the SeaMicro SM15000 server, a system that packs up to 64 AMD "Piledriver" Opterons or 64 Intel "Ivy Bridge" Xeon processors. By consolidating a hefty amount of computing power and storage into very little rack space (10U), SeaMicro's power-optimized dense server design is meant to address not only the growing demand for cloud infrastructures but also the energy requirements to keep them afloat.
SAN FRANCISCO — Underdog processor maker Advanced Micro Devices has given a nod to its market leading competitor Intel by introducing a new microserver that can run on either Intel or AMD processors and is based on technology from SeaMicro, which AMD acquired in February.
The SeaMicro SM15000, with a starting price of $139,000, combines server and storage in one chassis but also, with the help of technology called Freedom Fabric Storage, also connects the micro server to up to 5 petabytes of external storage.
Andrew Feldman, CEO of AMD’s SeaMicro, made a presentation that announced the company’s Data Center Computer Platform this afternoon in San Francisco. The SM15000 Server Platform is optimized for big data and the cloud. The company claims that they have been able to reduce power dissipation by half and have been able to supply Storage Area Network functionality at Direct Attach Storage pricing through coupling data storage through a "Freedom Fabric" switch.