Ainkaboot hardware takes the concept of using compact motherboards with low power processors and the minimum of peripherals to reduce power consumption and maximise the useful space while minimising costs.
A modular approach to the design allows for a simple mix and match approach to hardware population, easy upgrades and maintenance. Based around using compact motherboards such as, ETX and Mini-ITX mainboards.
There will be a range of different processing modules available, initialy options for the VIA C7 and Embeddeed Opteron will be available.
The clusters are based around the Mini-ITX mainboards pioneered by VIA although other small form factor boards are used. The small size of these boards, just 170x170mm allows Ainkaboot to provide truly high density computing.
The Ainkaboot Octimod modular system – shown with 6 processing modules and a storage module.
The modules are packed with technology, the MPC7-1500 for example featurs the latest C7 processor running at 1.5 GHz, Gigabit Ethernet, DDR II and SATA II. The C7 low power chip allows Ainkaboot to provide ultimate performance per watt to our customers. VIA’s website has more information about the C7.
The MPC7 module consists of a VIA C7 Processor and up to 1GB of RAM suitable for many applications Ainkaboot recommends using the VIA C7 processor, it provides performance of up to 2GHz and supports a Front Side Bus (FSB) of 533 Mhz and DDRII RAM at maximum load the C7 should use no more than 20 Watts, using just 0.1 Watts when idle. For processing cycles such as in rendering and compiling and for web serving and hard disk controlling this is an ideal module.
The MPOP provides access to AMD Opteron Processors ideal for High Performance applications which require loads of RAM (up to 8GB) and low latency hyperTransport connectors which can provide shared RAM of up to 64GB. This module supports the latest dual core embedded Opterons running at up to 1.8GHz per core with 1MB of L2 cache.
The MPIC supports a range of the new Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors, running between 1.6 and 2.6GHz with up to 4GB of ram, these are scheduled to be made available by Q1 2007.
A full populated 42U cabinet could have 144 motherboards or 72 Terabytes of storage (using 500G HDD), or a trade off between the two and because the designs are all based on the same modular concept upgrading or changing the systems is simple.