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Powering the Cloud Hadoop style: HP builds extreme low energy servers with Intel Centerton chip

Guest blog by Glenn Keels, Director of Marketing, HP Hyperscale Business Unit

Yesterday HP unveiled the next phase of the Project Moonshot server system – “Gemini” that is targeted to ship in early production by end of year.  Equally important, we’ve chosen Intel’s next generation ATOM processor, code named “Centerton” for the first server cartridges available.  Centerton will deliver the power and performance efficiency, data center-class features and broad software ecosystem needed for increasingly larger more demanding workloads.  With Centerton, Gemini will deliver radical savings in space, power and cost for select scale-out workloads. Yesterday’s announcement was another milestone for HP Project Moonshot, which is shaping the future of extreme low energy server technology.


The Intel Centerton processor brings several important things to the table in this effort. It delivers extreme energy efficiency, as well as 64 bit, software compatibility, Virtualization Technology and ECC memory. In addition it’ll draw a mere 6W of thermal design power (TDP).


HP will leverage the Centerton processor in Gemini server cartridges to provide customer workload optimized solutions like dedicated hosting, offline analytics, content delivery and lightweight web serving.  HP and Intel are also collaborating closely on future ATOM processors to support a specific set of workloads.


Moving low energy servers to the next stage requires a fundamental change at the architecture level. Gemini is a perfect example of this:  we’re moving from ten’s of servers per rack sharing nothing, to thousands of servers per rack sharing everything.  It introduces several innovations primarily centered on its unique, processor neutral, federated environment. Traditional servers rely on dedicated components, including management, networking, storage, power cords and cooling fans in a single enclosure. However, a single Gemini enclosures and server cartridges will enables thousands of servers cartridges per rack that share these components, enabling customers to pack a lot more compute power into a smaller footprint, while significantly driving down complexity, energy use and costs. A technology transition of this magnitude requires broad industry support. From HP and chip manufacturers, to the operating system and ISV’s, close collaboration will help ensure that extreme low energy servers meet the needs of your specific applications.


HP Project Moonshot, announced in November 2011, incorporates several programs to drive forward the development of low energy servers. The HP Redstone Server Development Platform, designed for testing and proof of concept, was showcased at HP Discover last week. The HP Discovery Lab, a customer lab and partner ecosystem, will be available to help select customers and partners design and test drive specific workloads. Initially located in Houston, TX, customers will be able to access the HP Discovery Lab virtually from around the world.


Finally, the HP Pathfinder Program, of which Intel is a member, is an alliance of industry-leading partners dedicated to encouraging development of extreme low energy server technology. The program includes a variety of technology companies that span hardware and software – all applying their particular expertise to drive industry transition forward.

For more information, check out the June 19th HP press release, read more about HP Project Moonshot, or join the HP-CAST LinkedIn community.

CIO-minds want to know | ‎07-11-2012 12:54 AM

Once again, HP moves the needle to fast forward - revolutionizing the industry!   HP is solving real-world issues and providing solutions CIOs and data centers managers around the world will love to implement!  


Keep it coming....


Is there a beta program that customers can sign-up for yet?




eUkhost | ‎10-22-2012 12:16 PM

Servers are really good you just need to have of your own choice.

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