Hewlett-Packard Builds Servers With Cellphone Chips
HP announced Tuesday it could reduce power consumption by 90 percent using microprocessors typically found in cellphones and notebook computers. I, however, want to know when we’ll be able to run our own web servers from our cellphones. (Is that bandwidth in your pocket or are you happy to see me?)
Over time, the computers may also be attractive to financial firms, scientific researchers and government security organizations, all of which have to plow through increasingly large amounts of data, looking for meaningful patterns, Mr. Santeler said. In a few more years, analysts say, they could also end up in mainstream corporate computing.
While a transition to these chips in servers has been predicted by makers of the mobile chips, H.P. is the first major computer company to offer a commercial product. In addition to incorporating the mobile chips, building the computers required innovations in software, data storage, and networking.
H.P. plans to start selling the Moonshot computer in mid-2012 and is still figuring out what to charge. The company says that in addition to saving power, the machines will save money on real estate and ancillary gear. H.P. says a load that normally requires a $3.3 million system of 400 servers, with 10 storage racks and 1,600 networking and power cables, and using 91 kilowatts of power, could be done in the new system for $1.2 million, using one-half a storage rack, 41 cables and 9.9 kilowatts. The mobile chips are smaller, so there would be 1,600 of them in such a system.