Wired: AMD Crams 512 Chips and 5 Million Gigabytes Into a Single Machine
AMD has unveiled the next incarnation of the new-age server technology it acquired with the $334 million purchase of Silicon Valley startup SeaMicro, using the startups “server fabric” to speed connections across not only hundreds of processors but also vast amounts of storage.
Dubbed the SM15000, the new system can accomodate up to 5 petabytes of data — aka 5 million gigabytes — stored across 1,408 hard disks or solid-state flash drives. Unveiling the new system on Monday afternoon during a press conference in downtown San Francisco, AMD man and SeaMicro founder Andrew Feldman pitched the machine as a device “optimized for big data in the cloud,” dropping not one but two inescapable buzz terms of the modern computing age.
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