"Our initial support will be only for AMD, but we'll follow that with support for Intel," Quinn said. "Our objective is to be completely agnostic to processor vendors [and] agnostic to commodity operating systems, so we support Windows and Linux and all of its flavors. We also support [VMware] ESX for our first product. And we're agnostic to interconnect fabrics whether it be InfiniBand or Ethernet or DCE … we support them all."
When fully realized, 3Leaf's Virtual Compute Environment promises to transform a 19-inch rack of 32 servers into a single chunk of 256 processor cores and a terabyte of memory that businesses can slice and dice to meet their needs. And 3Leaf promises all that without sacrificing mainframe-class reliability, redundancy, bandwidth allocation, or management capabilities.
"The pain points we're addressing in the enterprise datacenter really are there because of the switch from scale-up computing to scale-out computing," Quinn explains.
"The mainframe-class I/O capability and scalability and resiliency and redundancy which we got in the scale-up systems of course were very expensive … but they have not been replaced yet in the x86 domain. One of the focuses of 3Leaf is to do exactly that."