Tilera and Taiwanese Quanta Computer launched the S2Q server, targeted specifically to tackle today’s cloud computing workloads, was designed in collaboration with cloud datacenter providers, end customers and software partners.
Tilera says it can get 10,752 cores in one 8-kilowatt rack in a data center. The S2Q server will be available in September in limited quantities. Each TilePro chip sells for $900 in 200-unit quantities. A competitor Seamicro has a 512 core server. However, SeaMicro is putting 512 Atom Z530 cores into a 10U form factor, including switching and storage for the server nodes. The S2Q is 5 times thinner than the Seamicro server.
Tilera will soon release 40 nm chips. The Tile-Gx family will run at between 1 GHz and 1.5 GHz, thanks to the 40nm process shrink, and will come in versions with 16, 36, 64, and 100 cores.
Each S2Q server includes eight Tilera TILEPro64™ processors and replaces eight high-end Intel Xeon 5000-class dual-socket servers, making it the highest performance and performance density 2U server in the industry. It provides vendors the building block for large-scale web clouds. Moreover, the integration of I/O on each processor enables this server to provide up to sixteen 10 GbE interfaces and sixteen 1 Gb interfaces without adding the power and the cost of additional chipsets and networking cards.
World’s highest density and highest compute 2U server
8 nodes each containing the 64-core TILEPro64 processor
512 cores providing up to 1.3 trillion operations per second (1.3 TeraFLOPS)
176 Gbps of I/O bandwidth
Up to 64 DIMM slots
Up to twenty four 2.5″ hot-plug SAS, SATA or solid state hard drives
Power efficient and eco-friendly server
Each server node consumes 35-50 watts max
S2Q servers enable up to 10,000 cores in a eight kilowatt rack
90 percent efficient hot-plug power supplies
Shared fans and power supplies to conserve space and power for an eco-friendly design
Tilera Plans 100 cores in 2011 and 200 cores in 2013 and to Keep doubling Cores per Chip
The Quanta Computer S2Q server has 512 cores in a 2U server that uses under 400 watts. Next year, Tilera will bring to market the TILE-Gx family with 100 cores in 40 nm process technology, and in 2013, Tilera will offer its 200-core processor, codenamed Stratton, in 28 nm.
Tilera’s innovations in adding many cores on the same processor, providing full cache coherency across those cores, supporting virtualization, and distributing resources through its iMesh(TM) technology, are the fundamental components needed for the new computing era. Combined with the open source revolution and the parallel nature of cloud applications, Tilera’s processors provide the right platform for cloud computing. Today, a server using one TILEPro64 processor and consuming 50 watts provides the same performance as a dual-socket Intel Xeon 5500 server consuming 250 watts.
The UK Register has coverage as well.
Here is a picture of the S2Q motherboard.
SGI Petaflop per Cabinet
SGI talked about using Tilera chips and GPGPUs to achieve a petaflop in one cabinet.
The current Tilera server will have 26 teraFLOPS per rack and use 8 KW.
In 2011, about 50 teraFLOPs per rack with 100 core chips with a 40nm process. Say using 12 KW per rack.
In 2013, about 100 teraflops per rack with 200 core chips. Using 8-16 KW per rack if they get to a 32 nm process.
If they can get more performance from a step down in lithography process then 200 teraflops.
In 2015, about 200 teraflops per rack with 400 core chips. Using 12-25 KW per rack at about 22 nm process. If Tilera can get more performance from a step down in lithography process then 800 teraflops.
So about 15-30 MW and about 1200 cabinets to get to an exaflop supercomputer using just future Tilera chips. If they can get more performance from a mix of Tilera chips and future GPGPUs then you could use few cabinets and possibly less power to build an exaflop supercomputer.
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