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Rackable MicroSlice: Desktop CPUs in Low-cost Servers

Rackable Systems has turned to low-cost desktop components for a new server design that aims to provide a cheaper alternative for companies running busy Web applications. The design uses Athlon and Phenom desktop CPUs from Advanced Micro Devices and allows for highly dense servers that can be priced under US$500 because they are based on commodity PC parts, said Saeed Atashie, director of server products at Rackable.

The servers use AMD’s small form-factor MiniITX and MiniATX motherboards to cram as much processing power as possible into each system. They can house up to 264 compute nodes per cabinet and draw as little as 72 watts per node, using a new server design that Rackable calls MicroSlice.

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