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This type of task is exactly what dense ARM servers will be good at. Kay said "bazillions" of tiny cores can all go out at once to the far reaches of the storage pool, looking for the same thing. When one finds it, it can signal the others to call off the search party, he explained. And, like an ant colony, the power of this architecture is not in the individual ants but in the colony itself, which, collectively, is much smarter than the individual.
"It's cheaper, faster, and more efficient to send a whole lot of little cores out at once than to have a few big ones attempt the same task. Thus, once they have 64-bit architecture, dense ARM servers are just the ticket for a fair chunk of tomorrow's cloud computing," Kay said.
"Now, with SeaMicro's fabric, ARM's low-power processors, and its own heterogeneous system-on-a-chip architecture -- not to mention process technology from its brother from another mother, Globalfoundries, which has been making ARM processors for other customers for a while now -- AMD is well positioned to take a leadership role in this burgeoning market."
Posted: 2012-12-13 @ 5:43am PT
"AMD is well positioned to take a leadership role in this burgeoning market."
A leadership role? Their first ARM based SeaMicro offering won't be out until 2014 at which time they will be playing catchup with other ARM solutions and Intel.