Look at this beauty (taken from the site of Calxeda, the manufacturer):
What is it? A chip? A server? No, it's a cluster of 4 servers...
is HP Redstone Server, 288 chips, 1,152 cores (Calxeda quad-core SoC) in a 4U server “Dramatically reducing the cost and complexity of cabling and switching”. Calxeda is talking about: “Cut energy and space by 90%”, and “10x the performance at the same power, the same space” and it's just the beginning...
And this is from the last couple of days... From ISC'12 (International Supercomputing Conference): "ARM in Servers – Taming Big Data with Calxeda":
- In the case of data intensive computing, re-balancing or ‘right-sizing’ the solution to eliminate bottlenecks can significantly improve overall efficiency
- By combining a quad-core ARM® Cortex™-A series processor with topology agnostic integrated fabric interconnect (providing up to 50Gbits of bandwidth at latencies less than 200ns per hop), they can eliminate network bottlenecks and increase scalability