A while back I spoke to some SeaMicro sales guys and engineers and was pretty impressed. These guys know their stuff and many of them were movers and shakers at Force10, Brocade, AMD, Sun, Cisco and Juniper.
With that pedigree it seems a foregone conclusion they’d be able to come up with the new hotness in systems design.
So, what problem are they REALLY trying to solve? In their own words:
“Historically, servers were designed to quickly solve a relatively small number of very hard problems. The Internet, however, changed this. In the Internet data center, the challenge is to handle millions of relatively small, independent tasks like those needed for searching, social networking, viewing web pages, and checking email. Volume servers failed to adapt to this fundamental change.”
What did they do?
With some magic ASIC design they crammed 256 netbooks into 10U to save power and bet that the simpler Atom CPUs will be enough to handle the workloads we see in the serving layer.