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  • theblueredmonk theblueredmonk Oct 31, 2011 4:28 AM Flag

    ARM servers

    Day usage Google (90K servers)
    13 watts x24 hours= 312 watts/ 1000 x $.16 = 5 cents a day
    $.05 * 90K =$4500 a day * 365 days = $1.642,500

    ARM
    5 watts x24 hours= 120watts/ 1000 x $.16 = 2 cents a day
    $.02 * 90K =$1800 a day * 365 days = $657,000

    Net Savings is around $1 million a year.
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    I must admit if that 13 watt figure is right for an Atom server then it does blow a big hole in the ARM vendors argument. I had a quick google and the lowest figure I found was around 35 watts but many of them were north of 50 watts?

    Those google servers are likely to run at over 250 watts each. I read various figures, but $400 a year to power one server and another $400 a year to power the cooling.

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    • ltisteve@verizon.net ltisteve Oct 31, 2011 12:13 PM Flag

      Well, looks like I was wrong, they use less electricity than I thought. 4 and 8 watts.

      http://www.supermicro.com/newsroom/pressreleases/2009/press050409.cfm


      I like what Max_Bears had to say about low power servers, the demand probably just isn't there. Intel is working on something however that may have more benefit. It's a result of the Larabee video card project. They are working on a server that has around 50 low end processors. It's like an Atom, and it's hyper-threaded. It would be good from a company like Yahoo that does a lot of chat boards.

      As far as I am concerned the ARM server is simply a publicity stunt. It's designed to bolster a stock that has seen some bad news. And it will be sold to companies that want to project a green image. It's going to get some traction but it's far from knocking Intel off it's block.

      Again ,once every ten years RISC runs hard at the server market. Unless I am really missing something, this looks like their weakest attempt yet.

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      • Well, looks like I was wrong, they use less electricity than I thought. 4 and 8 watts.
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        Yes, I came across those servers when I did a search. They come with 200 watt PSU's (normally over powered for the device they power) but seems high if the server only sucks power. That 4/8 watt number was still for the CPU only.

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        I like what Max_Bears had to say about low power servers, the demand probably just isn't there. Intel is working on something however that may have more benefit. It's a result of the Larabee video card project. They are working on a server that has around 50 low end processors. It's like an Atom, and it's hyper-threaded. It would be good from a company like Yahoo that does a lot of chat boards.
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        I was going to reply to Max_Bears, but might as well here:) Yes, there hasn't been much demand for low performance/power servers and these ARM severs (if they arrive) will look totally different from an x86 server. They will be very compact, with hundreds of nodes in a single box. A little like Knights corner (Larabee or what ever its called) but on steroids.

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        As far as I am concerned the ARM server is simply a publicity stunt. It's designed to bolster a stock that has seen some bad news. And it will be sold to companies that want to project a green image. It's going to get some traction but it's far from knocking Intel off it's block.
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        What bad news is this? Could be a publicity stunt, but would be unusual for ARM as they are so conservative.

 
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