AMD Intros the SeaMicro SM15000 Server

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This new server features AMD's new Freedom Fabric Storage.

This new server features AMD's new Freedom Fabric Storage.This new server features AMD's new Freedom Fabric Storage.AMD's Data Center Server Solutions (DCSS) group revealed on Monday the new SeaMicro SM15000 server featuring what the company calls Freedom Fabric Storage.

This new invention essentially extends the server's Freedom Fabric beyond the SeaMicro chassis to connect directly to massive disk arrays, enabling a single ten rack unit system to support more than five petabytes of low-cost, easy-to-install storage.

"The SM15000 server combines industry-leading density, power efficiency and bandwidth with a new generation of storage technology, enabling a single rack to contain thousands of cores, and petabytes of storage - ideal for big data applications like Apache Hadoop and Cassandra for public and private cloud deployments," AMD said.

AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 system is now available, but it currently only supports Intel's Xeon E3-1260L "Sandy Bridge" processor. However in November it will support the next generation of AMD Opteron processors featuring the "Piledriver" core, as well as the newly announced Intel Xeon E3-1265Lv2 "Ivy Bridge" processor.

"AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 server enables companies, for the first time, to share massive amounts of storage across hundreds of efficient computing nodes in an exceptionally dense form factor. We believe that this will transform the data center compute and storage landscape," said Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager of the Data Center Server Solutions group at AMD.

By combining the Freedom Supercompute Fabric technology with Freedom Fabric Storage technology, data centers can now provide more than five petabytes of storage with 64 servers in a single 10U SM15000 system, AMD said. Once these disks are interconnected with the fabric, they are seen and shared by all servers in the system.

As for the server's list of specs, it stands ten rack units or 17.5 inches tall. The "Piledriver" version will be available in November with 64 compute cards, each holding a new custom-designed single-socket octal core 2.0/2.3/2.8 GHz AMD Opteron processor based on the "Piledriver" core, for a total of 512 cores per system or 2,048 cores per rack. Each AMD Opteron processor can support 64 GB of DRAM, enabling a single system to handle more than 4 TB of DRAM and over 16 TB of DRAM per rack.

Also in November, AMD will offer the SeaMicro SM15000 server with a quad core 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon E3-1265Lv2 "Ivy Bridge" processor for 256 2.5 GHz cores in a ten rack unit system or 1,024 cores in a standard rack. Each processor supports up to 32 GB of DRAM; a single SeaMicro SM15000 system can deliver up to 2 TB of DRAM and up to 8 TB of DRAM per rack.

The SeaMicro SM15000 server also contains 16 fabric extender slots, each of which can connect to three different Freedom Fabric Storage arrays with different capacities, as listed below:

FS 5084-L
An ultra-dense capacity-optimized storage system. It supports up to 84 SAS/SATA 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives in 5 rack units for up to 336 TB of capacity per-array and over five petabytes per SeaMicro SM15000 system.

FS 2012-L
A capacity-optimized storage system.  It supports up to 12 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives in 2 rack units for up to 48 TB of capacity per-array or up to 768 TB of capacity per SeaMicro SM15000 system.

FS 2024-S
A performance-optimized storage system.  It supports up to 24 2.5-inch drives in 2 rack units for up to 24 TB of capacity per-array or up to 384 TB of capacity per SM15000 system.

More information on AMD's revolutionary SeaMicro family of servers can be found at www.seamicro.com/products.


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