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AMD snaps up server upstart SeaMicro

February 28, 2012

AMD’s new CEO Rory Read was fired up about executing better in the server racket at the company’s analyst day earlier this month and has wasted little time in stirring things up with the acquisition of low-power server start-up SeaMicro for $334m.

SeaMicro is the server upstart founded four and a half years ago that came out of stealth in June 2010 with an Atom bomb: a 10U chassis crammed with 512 single-core Atom servers in a 10U chassis, all linked by a 1.28Tb/sec 3D torus interconnect implemented on an ASIC that also virtualized all I/O in the cluster of server nodes and provided load balancing across those nodes.

Over time, SeaMicro has added 64-bit Atoms, boosted the number of Atom processors and main memory in the system, and only a month ago announced a variant that used single-socket Xeon E3-1260L processors to give the SM10000 system some “brawny cores” to do heavier computational tasks.

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/29/amd_buys_seamicro/