SeaMicro has commercialized a low-power Internet-optimized x86-server that reduces energy consumption and space by 75 percent. The company’s SM10000 servers are setting the bar for internet workloads. The server integrates 512 Intel Atom processors with Ethernet switching, server management and application load-balancing. The server consumes one-quarter of the power and takes one-quarter of the space to match the best-in-class internet server. …
… “Beyond the fundamental mismatch between today’s servers and the dominant workload, SeaMicro made another critical observation that set the stage for massive reductions in server power.
The CPU, usually the focus of power reduction efforts, consumes only one third of the power in a server.
This means that large improvements in the CPU have only modest impact on the total power consumed by a server. In order to achieve large-scale power reductions, SeaMicro technology focused on the two-thirds power consumed by the non-CPU components.
To this end, SeaMicro transformed the volume server into a high density, low power, single-box cluster computer, optimized for Internet traffic.
SeaMicro further improved total cost of ownership and reduced the power consumed in a data center solution by integrating the functionality traditionally found in an entire data center rack – compute, storage, networking, server management and load balancing – into a single, low-power system.
Building on the dramatic reductions in power achieved at the system level, SeaMicro was then able to leverage low power CPUs, such as Intel’s Atom processor. “ …
Via SeaMicro: Low power server technology (Link).