Feeds

Atoms in supercomputing?

OK, Atom chips

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Mobile application security vulnerability report

If you build a supercomputer out of Atom chips, will someone buy it? That remains to be seen, but it’s a compelling enough idea to score $9.3m from the US Department of Energy.

You can click here to read about SeaMicro, a small company that picked up the dough to develop an Atom-based supercomputer.

The story describes a system composed of 512 Atom processor with a petabyte of ‘storage’… which probably means disk, but could also refer to aggregated memory.

There isn’t a lot of information on the system at this point – SeaMicro’s website is Spartan to say the least. However, it’s said that this system would cost less than $100k and have extremely low power requirements.

While this computer probably won’t be the first choice for floating-point-hungry HPC users, it might be a good fit for Web 2.0 types who just need lots of cycles to move data around – not to crunch it.

I’m a little skeptical (nothing new here) but can see where this is potentially a winning solution for customers who need to serve up massive numbers of simple web pages and do lots of very basic tasks. At the very least, it’s a trend to watch…

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd
There's an Atom-powered offering, too
Gartner: To the right, to the right – biz sync firms who've won in a box to the right...
Magic quadrant: Top marks for, er, completeness of vision, EMC
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.