AMD's SeaMicro 15000 Goes Bare with OpenStack Compute

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This week AMD announced that the SeaMicro SM15000 server supports bare metal features in OpenStack Compute. The company explains that bare metal computing provides more predictable performance than a shared server environment using virtual servers.

A bare metal environment doesn't suffer from delays caused by different virtual machines contending for shared resources, as the entire server's resources are dedicated to a single user instance. The performance penalty imposed by the hypervisor is also eliminated in this environment, allowing the application software to make full use of the processor's capabilities.

"AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 server is ideally suited for massive OpenStack deployments by integrating compute, storage and networking into a 10 rack unit system," reads AMD's press release. "The system is built around the Freedom fabric, the industry’s premier supercomputing fabric for scale out data center applications. The Freedom fabric disaggregates compute, storage and network I/O to provide the most flexible, scaleable and resilient data center infrastructure in the industry.  This allows customers to match the compute performance, storage capacity and networking I/O to their application needs."

Massive OpenStack deployments can be achieved thanks to the SeaMicro SM15000 server's ability to boot and install a base server image from a central server, which can configure a cloud image containing the KVM, the OpenStack Compute image and other applications. Heat, which is the orchestration application that manages the entire lifecycle of an OpenStack cloud for bare metal and virtual machines, manages the coordination and scheduling of this workflow.

AMD believes that its SeaMicro SM15000 system is the highest-density, most energy-efficient server in the market. The system consists of 10 rack units, linking 512 compute cores, 160 gigabits of I/O networking, more than five petabytes of storage with a 1.28 terabyte high-performance Freedom fabric, the company's supercompute fabric. Top-of-rack switches, terminal servers, hundreds of cables and thousands of unnecessary components are eliminated in the SM15000 for a more efficient and simple operational environment.

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"OpenStack Compute's bare metal capabilities provide the scalability and flexibility to build and manage large-scale public and private clouds with virtualized and dedicated servers," said Dhiraj Mallick, corporate vice president and general manager, Data Center Server Solutions, at AMD. "The SeaMicro SM15000 server’s bare metal provisioning capabilities should simplify enterprise adoption of OpenStack and accelerate mass deployments since not all work loads are optimized for virtualized environments."

The SeaMicro family currently supports AMD Opteron "Piledriver" core processor, as well as Intel's Xeon E3-1260L (Sandy Bridge) processor, E3-1265Lv2 (Ivy Bridge), E3-1265Lv3 (Haswell) and Intel Atom N570 processors.

The SM15000 also supports the Freedom Fabric Storage products. For more information about AMD's SeaMicro family, head here.

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