PROCESSING

Microserver platform

6 September 2013

Penguin Computing

A new microserver platform based on the Intel Atom processor C2000 product family has been introduced by Penguin Computing. One of the first implementations built according to the Open Compute Project’s microserver card specification, it can accommodate the 64-bit Intel Atom processor C2000 that features up to eight cores and up to 32GB of 1600 MHz of DDR3L RAM within power envelopes as low as 6W.

The Atom C2000 delivers seven times the performance gain, eight times increase in memory capacity and up to six times improved performance per Watt over its predecessor. With its extremely low power envelope, the new microserver is ideal for I/O bound scale out workloads such as low-end web hosting, simple content delivery and ultra-low-end web servers.

With Penguin Computing’s new microserver platform, workloads that have been processed by racks of conventional systems can now be handled by a group of servers in a single physical unit. In addition, the platform features a modular architecture that allows for right-sizing compute capacity by populating each chassis with the right number of microserver cards required to accommodate a specific workload. The microserver cards as well as the microserver system are compliant with specifications defined by the Open Compute Project, an open, community driven initiative that aims to maximise data centre efficiency.

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