Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 22:09 UTC
Windows And this is part two of the story: Microsoft has just confirmed the next version of Windows NT (referring to it as NT for clarity's sake) will be available for ARM - or more specifically, SoCs from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. Also announced today at CES is Microsoft Office for ARM. Both Windows NT and Microsoft Office were shown running on ARM during a press conference for the fact at CES in Las Vegas.
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ARM in servers ? Doesn't make sense. ARM + Nvidia GPU on servers Huge amount of sense. The GPU does all the hard work, the main processor just sits there and looks pretty without consuming much energy.

Actually, in my experience, straight ARM in servers makes plenty of sense... the same way that Atom-based servers do. Power efficiency is always a major concern for large server farms.

It ultimately depends on the server load - for disk-heavy servers, a dual-core Atom (or ARM) may be plenty, and the low power utilization is a major bonus.

At the moment, both of my servers at home now utilize Atom processors each consuming ~30-40w of power at full load. ARM would be even better, but purchasing/building commodity-hardware-based ARM machines isn't terribly easy to do yet ;)

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Yeah, Heavy disk loads also might make sense. Assuming the analysing of that data is minimal, and disk I/O is the bottle neck.

I was thinking that any low CPU loads would be better served off virtual machines, but disk I/O from virtual machines stinks.

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rif42 Member since:

Power efficiency is always a major concern for large server farms.

If power efficiency matters, do not use server applications implemented in scripting languages.

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