In a move to better improve the performance of their servers while maintaining crucial power efficiency, Fujitsu Computer Products and Sun Microsystems Inc. announced the introduction of Unix servers whose working is based on the new quad-core Sparc64 VII chip. The Sparc64 VII chip is developed by the Japanese computer products firm, Fujitsu and is expected to increase performance with minimal power usage per core when compared to the dual core Sparc64 VI.
According to Sun Microsystems Inc, their latest addition to the market comes with an improved performance pegged at about 80% on commercial applications that are based on the SAP benchmark. Other than that, the new tech marvel is expected to come with 100% better performance for high performance computing (HPC) when reflected on the Linpack HPC benchmark index. As such, it takes up about 44% less power per core but even so, on the cumulative level of power consumption, the new chip makes use of more power. Fujitsu announced that it will be providing two servers that are aimed at different requirements; one which will be a scaled up model that will be utilized mostly by workloads that conventionally operate on proprietary Unix systems and the second one is an energy efficient model, described previously that will mainly be used for small and medium size businesses, or SMBs.
In that regard, the new eight socket rackmount RX900 S1 is based on the Intel Xeon 7500 and QuickPath Interconnect and will be capable of reaching up to 64 processing cores with 2TB of main memory and over 120 gigabytes of aggregated I/O bandwidth. With its glue-less make, it will not need any additional hardware for it to be able to run all the eight CPUs and as such, that will eventually create shorter routes amongst processors, memory modules and I/O hubs, Fujitsu reported. As a result, that would definitely distinguish it from other systems that have dual socket blades glued together creating I/O bottlenecks.
Primergy TX100 S2
On the other hand, Fujitsu’s latest Primergy TX100 S2 is made for SMBs keen on saving energy and operating light workloads for instance print servers and file that have to be available when doing business. What I found rather interesting about the TX100 S2 is its features. For an energy minded SMB operator, the device might come in handy. One of the things it does is that when you are not using it, it simply draws no power and can as well be set to start working at particular times that you set so that you can set it up for maintenance and update works. Overall though, its energy efficiency working comes from the fact that the system uses a low energy uptake of about 250 W and utilizes an amazing 88% efficient power supply.
However, what cuts it out from the rest is its preamble retail price. At only $600, it is an affordable and available device.