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September 11, 2012

AMD unveils SeaMicro SM15000 server

The new server system supports more than five petabytes of storage

By CBR Staff Writer

Semiconductor firm AMD has launched SeaMicro SM15000 server, which will be available with AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon "Ivy Bridge"/"Sandy Bridge" processors.

The new server is built around the Freedom Fabric technology, which is designed and optimised to work with Central Processor Units (CPUs) that have both large and small cores, as well as x86 and non-x86 CPUs.

The Freedom Fabric Storage will help SeaMicro SM15000 server to connect directly to massive disk arrays, enabling a single ten rack unit system to support more than five petabytes of storage.

AMD Data Center Server Solutions group corporate vice president and general managerAndrew Feldman said: "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."

The SM15000 server is now available with Intel Xeon Processor E3-1260L ("Sandy Bridge") and in November the company releases two new versions, one supporting Intel’s new "IvyBridge" processor, and the other with AMD’s "Piledriver" Opteron processor.

In addition, the AMD SeaMicro fabric technology delivers a key building block for AMD’s server partners to build energy efficient micro servers for their customers.

Combining the Freedom Supercompute Fabric technology with the Freedom Fabric Storage technology enables data centers to provide more than five petabytes of storage with 64 servers in a single ten rack unit SM15000 system.

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AMD said the system can accomodate up to 64 compute cards, each packed with single-socket octal core 2.0/2.3/2.8 GHz AMD Opteron processor based on the "Piledriver" core.Each AMD Opteron processor can support 64 gigabytes of DRAM.

The new system will also be available with a quad core 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon Processor E3-1265Lv2 ("Ivy Bridge") for 256 2.5 GHz cores in a ten rack unit system or 1,024 cores in a standard rack. E

AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 server also contains 16 fabric extender slots, each of which can connect to three different Freedom Fabric Storage arrays with different capacities.

The SM15000 system stands ten rack units or 17.5 inches tall, provides up to ten gigabits per-second of bandwidth to each CPU and connects up to 1,408 solid state or hard drives with Freedom Fabric Storage.

In addition, it delivers up to 16 10 GbE uplinks or up to 64 1GbE uplinks and runs operating systems including Windows, Linux, Red Hat and VMware and Citrix XenServer hypervisors.

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