Monday, July 21st 2008

2 Watt PC Here, Sufficient Power for Cloud-computing

A relatively unknown brand, Cherrypal introduced a PC module dubbed 'cloud computer'. It carries a price tag of US $250. Sure you do find pre-owned full-size PCs for that price, but just think of it: this PC consumes a mere 2W of power when idle (excludes the consumption of monitor and other peripherals).

On the features front, there's enough computing power to get you onto the internet, it is driven by a 400 MHz Freescale MPC5121e mobileGT triple-core processor, 256 MB DDR2 memory and 4 GB of NAND flash memory to store the OS, a Debian-derived Linux OS, Mozilla Firefox as the core internet application (supports all add-ons and Linux media plugins). 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, VGA out, and stereo audio out. It beats the $929 VidaBox PC convincingly at its price-point. Sure, such devices are mere toys for average users like us sitting cozy with powerful gaming PCs, but such devices are a step in the right direction, towards Cloud Computing.

Cloud computing, a new buzzword in the computing industry, is the computing methodology where software is thin and light, and streamed onto a computer. A user accesses software either freely or on a subscription basis. All you need is a standards compiant web-browser, OS isn't a factor. This has gotten players such as Microsoft, Google, Adobe and others looking up to it as the next big thing. You don't need to buy those installation discs and throw gigabytes of hard-drive space at applications anymore.

Source: TG Daily
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34 Comments on 2 Watt PC Here, Sufficient Power for Cloud-computing

#1
AsRock
TPU addict
Darkrealms said:
Thats a good point, hadn't thought of it like that. It would be easy to run this thing in the background for misc stuff while your gaming on your primary system. Teamspeak woudn't interfear with games anymore, lol.
I was thinking more like putting main system in standby. And when \ if some ones up for a game i could start main system up when needed and have it running in 3-8 seconds and be ready to play.
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#2
Pinchy
hat said:
I do.
Anyone who would make use of 3 cores are people like us, gamers, benchmarkers, or professionals (autoCAD springs to mind). Not some 5 year old kid or 75 year old granny who's surfing the internet dreaming about the latest action figure or the latest model of power weel chairs.
Na the tri core is very effective.

If it was a single core, the computer would lag when surfing the net and trying to play music, even though 1200mhz is enough to do both. Having it split across three cores means that 400mhz goes to internet (which is plenty), 400mhz goes to media player and 400mhz goes to word :p..



TK, lol you cant build a new mini ITX system for that price...but an older one easily. My mini-ITX system costed me $180 AUD. 1GHz VIA processor, 1GB PC2100 RAM, 500GB IDE HDD, Gigabit LAN card, home made case, 60W LCD Monitor AC adapter.

^ Uses 10-20W of power when its idling, 30-40 under full load.
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#3
regan1985
just wot i need,perfect for torrenting
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#4
Darkrealms
AsRock said:
I was thinking more like putting main system in standby. And when \ if some ones up for a game i could start main system up when needed and have it running in 3-8 seconds and be ready to play.
DOH! My bad. I suppose that would work too. I have an old dell 850mhz system that I turn on for people that just want to surf the web. Its fast enough for that but not much else. This WOULD replace something like that nicely.
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#5
Esse
MilkyWay said:
anyone remember that phantom console that was basically steam style downloads instead of optical disks?
Tis'a shame it never got any further!
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#6
newconroer
A user accesses software either freely or on a subscription basis. All you need is a standards compiant web-browser, OS isn't a factor.


....and a connection a lot faster than what you're currently using...


Other then that, these are cool.
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#7
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
newconroer said:
....and a connection a lot faster than what you're currently using...
Does G-mail crawl on your PC? That's a streamed application too.
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#8
Mussels
Moderprator
gmail runs nicely for me.

dont forget my homies, you could always have a LAN server for these apps. have one of these beasties in every room with a media server elsewhere streaming it live to each station. look at that, media and office apps in every room.
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#9
caleb
Saying that a 1200Mhz would lag is pure nonsense.
Multi core CPU originate not because its faster but because Mr.Rayoflight is begining to be a bit too slow for single cpu and splitting stuff partially solves the problem(for now).

Triple core in this PC is purely a marketing thing as everybody is used to having 100 cores in his computer.
The amount of performance gained by the use of a multicore processor depends on the problem being solved and the algorithms used, as well as their implementation in software (Amdahl's law). For so-called "embarrassingly parallel" problems, a dual-core processor with two cores at 2GHz may perform very nearly as fast as a single core of 4GHz.[1] Other problems though may not yield so much speedup. This all assumes however that the software has been designed to take advantage of available parallelism. If it hasn't, there will not be any speedup at all. However, the processor will multitask better since it can run two programs at once, one on each core.
400Mhz is not much and I really doubt it that a web browser would settle for a single core...
Id rather go back to single core way of working because having 3 cores on a frequency that is as fast as my broadband router is pretty much missing the idea of multi core technology.

Back to this nice PC. Id love to see it on my shelf as a dvd/xvid player and a 24/7 leecher machine. Most routers have trouble with HDD->Ethernet performance so it kinda sucks when you wanna copy a 10gig HD movie with 2mb/sec speeds :P
I dont think that 2W is gonna convince a granny to pay 3x the price for a slower computer just to save 10 bucks a year on her checking weather over internet.
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