Tilera, Quanta Collaborate On Dense Servers For Cloud, Services Apps

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"In networking and multimedia, this is not an issue," Bailey said. "Those applications are all special purpose apps anyway. And in the data center, companies often create their own software."

The key driver for Tilera and Quanta is the power consumption and heating required as data centers implement cloud computing, platform-as-a-service, and software-as-a-service with the mainframe-type reliability customers expect, Bailey said.

In cloud computing, software developers write applications with C and C++, said Ehab Bishara, director of marketing for Tilera's cloud computing products.

"Many cloud developers are already writing directly to our architecture," Bishara said. "We make sure we support standard operating systems, standard programming tools like Java, and standard compiling tools."

Tilera already has over 50 design wins with its processors. Several applications have already been ported to the TilePro64 processors, including the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) stack, he said.

Looking forward, the company plans to unveil the TileGX version of its processor featuring 40-nanometer technology. The TileGX is slated to start with a 36-core processor by year-end, with a 100-core version expected by mid-2011, Bailey said. It will be followed by the Stratton processors, with 28-nanometer technology and up to 200 cores per processor, he said.

The S2Q server will start shipping in September in limited quantities.

Tilera in March closed its Series C funding round of $25 million, including $10 million from Quanta, Bailey said.

The S2Q is the second ultra-dense server introduced this month.

Seattle-based SeaMicro last week Monday unveiled a new server architecture that puts up to 512 Intel Atom processors in a 10U rack mount space in a move to slash data center power and space requirements by up to 75 percent.


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