OCZ is swiftly moving up the charts of manufacturers attempting to differentiate product at the consumer level. Between the PCIe based RevoDrives and this new announcement of it’s own Flash memory controller it appears they are out front on the performance and future performance fronts. Here’s to any manufacturer who decides to not just license SandForce controllers but also design and produce their own.
Seamicro just keeps cranking out new product. They are like the Apple of the massively parallel cloud computer in a box segment of the industry. They just recently moved from old style x86 32bit Intel Atom CPUs to fully x64 capable cpus. And now the increased the density of the cpus on each compute node within their 10U server box, bringing the grand total of cores up to a staggering 768!
Many wondered when this day would come. Many have written and researched and made full on attempts to simulate the brain in silicon. Now with the rise of low power CPUs (Atom,Arm), massively parallel and dense servers (Seamicro,Calxeda,Tilera) it’s time once again to take a stab at it. Luckily this time around one of the guys who designed the ARM cpu is the Principle Investigator. Something big is going to happen I suspect.
There have been hints, whispers, speculation and allegations that ARM is setting it’s sights on the data center with it’s ARM-15 CPU architecture (still in development). However, on the mobile computing front, Apple has showed what amazing power savings are possible with fully tweaked ARM-8 cpus in it’s A4 processor for the iPad and iPhone 4. A full 10 hours of battery life in a tablet still stands as a record for all others to break. And yet, no one has quite achieved that level of optimization. Which leads me to wonder what if someone with enough startup money and time could develop an ARM based server TODAY? What kind of power savings could they achieve given what is possible today in a SeaMicro SM-10000 server using lackluster Intel Atom chips designed for netbooks?
Intel and IBM and TSMC and Samsung have all competed against one another in the area of shrinking the size of the design rules that govern their production lines for processors. Each new successively smaller generation has to be tested, piloted and put into production with big amounts of failed product along the way. And even as the point of diminishing returns comes with each new process shrink, the drive is on to continue the march to progress, smaller chips, and new partners along the way.