|To:||Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>|
|Subject:||Re: The ultimate TOE design|
|From:||Lincoln Dale <ltd@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Fri, 17 Sep 2004 08:37:17 +1000|
|Cc:||Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxx>, Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@xxxxxxxxx>, "David S. Miller" <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, paul@xxxxxxxx, netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx, leonid.grossman@xxxxxxxx, Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>|
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Hi Alan, At 10:57 PM 16/09/2004, Alan Cox wrote:
On Iau, 2004-09-16 at 14:33, Andi Kleen wrote: > > At 1Ghz the Athlon Geode NX draws about 6W. Thats less than my SCSI > > Are you sure that's worst case, not average? Worst case is usually > much worse on a big CPU like an Athlon, but the power supply > has to be sized for it. You are correct - 6W average 9W TDP, still less than my scsicontroller 8)
sure -- ok -- that gets you the main processor.now add to that a Northbridge (perhaps AMD doesnt need that but i'm sure it still does), Southbridge, DDR-SDRAM, ancilliary chips for doing MAC, PHY, ...
couple that with the voltage of PCI where you're likely to need step-up/step-down circuits (which aren't 100% efficient themselves), you're still going to get very close to the limit, if not over it.
... and after all that, the Geode is really designed to be an embedded processor. Jeff was implying using garden-variety processors which seem to have large heatsinks, not to mention cooling fans, not to mention quite significant heat generation.
we're not _quite_ at the stage of being able to take garden-variety processors and build-your-own-blade-server using PCI _just_ yet. :-)
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