Scale-out computing has demands so different from conventional applications that it could reshape the way to design one class of multicore processors.
Intel has launched its first server SoC, based on a stripped-down Atom, in a bid to seal its place in microservers before ARM can ready its 64bit architecture for production. But the chip seems more a stake in the ground than the answer for low-power servers.
ARM has named the first pair of processor cores that employ its 64bit architecture and revealed that an architectural clean-up is likely to result in the smaller of the pair requiring less silicon real estate than the existing 32bit Cortex-A9.
AMD adopts ARM64 to promote heterogeneous processing and encourage users to break with Intel and x86 in the enterprise market.
Concern over energy consumption could be the key to European companies moving back into the compute server market – or at least that's what the European Commission and researchers think is possible as social networks, GPS data and public video cameras pour data into a growing collection of online storage banks.
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