Originally Posted by JF-AMD
16 cores on fewer nodes?
No really. ARM and Atom and Bobcat are all single socket solutions.
If you could get 16 cores of any of them in a server, you would still need 4 of those servers to match one 4P Bulldozer box. And, yes, four 16-core 1P boxes would eat up more rack space, probably more power and probably more money.
And deliver less performance.
There is no better consolidation platform than a 4P Opteron. Take the Dell R815. 2U, 48 cores, low power, priced at $7500 for a fully configured 48-core box.
Try that with Atom. Try that with ARM. Try that with Denver. Try that with Xeon. It can't be done.
Maybe MS is asking for a server chip which is similar in TDP to an Atom. I am not a chip designer or anything but from my understanding, Atom is a cut down version focused mainly for lower power draw and not requiring to deliver much of GFLOPS as the mainstream intel chips do. Its a simpler chip compared to other Intel offerings. So they could come up with a solution by packing 8 of these Dual core Atoms in a single package with some server features, like how they put together 2 dual cores on a single chip with the initial core series back when it was released.
I know currently there is nothing like that in the market, so MS could be requesting Intel to make them such a product. Its just my interpretation.
AMD could try this too but i see the current generation offerings are similar in TDP per core.