I wrote about Intel Atom based servers starting in Aug 2008, and people thought it was silly to think of Intel Atom as a server product.
Well, thanks to Microsoft Research’s Intel Atom project, there are now over 200 articles about the idea of Intel Atom Servers. http://news.google.com/news?pz=1&ned=us&hl=en&q=intel+atom+microsoft+research
Computerworld - 2 hours ago
Judging by the $300 to $400 cost of Atom-based netbooks, Ohara said that racks of Atom-based server blades could be made for even less. "Intel hates this ...
Seattle Times - Feb 25, 2009
... data center built from 100 of the low-power Intel Atom processors used in cheap netbook computers. Hrvoje Benko, of Microsoft's advanced research group, ...
Microsoft builds atomic cloud ComputerWeekly.com
Microsoft debuts cloud R&D team EETimes.com
DigitalJournal.com - Feb 25, 2009
With Project Marlowe, Microsoft is looking at trade-offs between using a large amount of Intel Atom chips compared to using Intel Xeon chips. The Intel Atom ...
New York Times Blogs
New York Times Blogs - Feb 24, 2009
With Marlowe, Microsoft has created a prototype server that relies on Intel’s Atom chip, most often found today in ultra-portable computing devices like ...
And, thanks to Eric Lai from ComputerWorld I am in one of the articles as well. ;-)
Because they were designed for laptops and netbooks, Atom CPUs can be quickly put into sleep/hibernate states and then quickly woken up, said Dave Ohara, a consultant who runs the Green Data Center blog,unlike desktop and server CPUs.
The next step is a big name Server OEM shipping an Intel Atom server. Here is a scary # for Intel quoted in the NYtimes.
With Marlowe, Microsoft has created a prototype server that relies on Intel’s Atom chip, most often found today in ultra-portable computing devices like netbooks. Such chips consume about one-tenth as much power as a regular Xeon server chip from Intel, and computer boards based on the chip cost about $70 instead of $1,000. The Atom chips, however, can perform only about one-fourth the amount of work in a given period of time as the Xeon chips, said Navendu Jain, a Microsoft researcher, during an interview Tuesday at the company’s headquarters.