Look at the figures, folks

By: Foo_ (foo.delete@this.nomail.com), October 11, 2018 10:22 am
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AM (myname4rwt.delete@this.jee-male.com) on October 11, 2018 9:15 am wrote:
> And considering Cloudflare's well-known stance wrt ARM vs x86 (see e.g. https://www.datacenterknowledge.com/design/cloudflare-bets-arm-servers-it-expands-its-data-center-network)
> I suspect -- assuming Cloudflare folks are negotiation-smart -- they got these rejects not just for
> free, but for a hefty subzero price, part of their deal being this blog post mentioning they're upgrading
> their fleet to an off-roadmap/custom Intel CPU "offering considerable value in performance per watt".

Why would Intel pay to advertise a CPU model that they don't want to sell?

> With Centriq, ThunderX2, and finally Ampere eMAG servers available (https://insidehpc.com/2018/10/ampere-augments-arm-servers-new-developer-platform/),
> I guess the value of such PR project targeted at various business execs is well worth
> selling rejects at negative price to prevent someone size of Cloudflare switching to
> ARM.

There are not many companies "size of Cloudflare" (in # of servers) around the world, I think. And I doubt those companies make CPU architecture decisions by reading blog posts.

There has to be a more plausible explanation. Such as: Intel offered an usually low price for those "reject" CPUs and Cloudflare decided it was a better deal than to go with ARM.
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  Cloudflare jumps to custom IntelMaynard Handley2018/10/10 10:26 AM
    Cloudflare jumps to custom Intelnobody in particular2018/10/10 01:03 PM
      Cloudflare jumps to custom IntelWilco2018/10/10 01:25 PM
        Cloudflare jumps to custom Intelanon2018/10/10 02:07 PM
          Cloudflare jumps to custom Intelhobold2018/10/10 02:14 PM
          Cloudflare jumps to custom IntelWilco2018/10/10 02:58 PM
            Cloudflare jumps to custom Intelanon2018/10/10 08:56 PM
              Cloudflare jumps to custom IntelWilco2018/10/11 02:18 AM
                Cloudflare jumps to custom IntelMichael S2018/10/11 03:43 AM
                Cloudflare jumps to custom Intelanon2018/10/11 03:30 PM
          Cloudflare jumps to custom IntelBeastian2018/10/10 05:33 PM
            Cloudflare jumps to custom IntelDoug S2018/10/11 02:38 AM
          Qualcomm restructured server chip unitjuanrga2018/10/11 03:04 AM
            Qualcomm restructured server chip unitnone2018/10/11 04:38 AM
              Qualcomm restructured server chip unitMichael S2018/10/11 07:48 AM
                Qualcomm restructured server chip unitnone2018/10/11 09:15 AM
      Cloudflare jumps to custom Intelanon2018/10/10 01:29 PM
  Cloudflare jumps to custom IntelDoug S2018/10/10 12:10 PM
    Cloudflare jumps to custom Inteldmcq2018/10/10 12:27 PM
    Cloudflare jumps to custom Intelanon2018/10/10 03:07 PM
      Cloudflare jumps to custom IntelMichael S2018/10/11 04:06 AM
        Cloudflare jumps to custom Intelanon2018/10/11 07:02 AM
          Why can't two "computers" be on one board?Paul A. Clayton2018/10/11 07:49 PM
            Why can't two "computers" be on one board?rwessel2018/10/12 01:01 AM
              TwinBladesPaul A. Clayton2018/10/12 05:52 AM
            Why can't two "computers" be on one board?Doug S2018/10/12 02:01 AM
              Why can't two "computers" be on one board?Etienne2018/10/12 03:04 AM
              [O.T.] bladesMichael S2018/10/12 03:17 AM
                [O.T.] bladesAdrian2018/10/12 05:17 AM
              Why can't two "computers" be on one board?anon2018/10/12 04:04 AM
                Why can't two "computers" be on one board?rwessel2018/10/12 08:29 AM
                  Why can't two "computers" be on one board?anon2018/10/12 08:55 AM
              1S vs 2SWes Felter2018/10/12 02:30 PM
                1S vs 2SDoug S2018/10/12 03:35 PM
            Why can't two "computers" be on one board?anon2018/10/12 04:10 AM
            Why can't two "computers" be on one board?hobel2018/10/12 07:53 AM
      Cloudflare jumps to custom Intelanon.12018/10/11 10:16 AM
  Weird numbersjuanrga2018/10/11 03:11 AM
    Weird numbersanon2018/10/11 07:08 AM
      Weird numbersjuanrga2018/10/11 11:34 AM
        Weird numbersanon2018/10/11 12:24 PM
  Look at the figures, folksAM2018/10/11 09:15 AM
    Look at the figures, folksFoo_2018/10/11 10:22 AM
      Look at the figures, folksAM2018/10/11 11:02 AM
        Look at the figures, folksanon2018/10/11 03:49 PM
          Look at the figures, folksSimon Farnsworth2018/10/12 01:19 AM
            Some power efficiency figuresAM2018/10/12 04:59 AM
              Some power efficiency figuresSimon Farnsworth2018/10/12 10:00 AM
                Some power efficiency figuresMaynard Handley2018/10/12 10:33 AM
                  Some power efficiency figuresSimon Farnsworth2018/10/12 11:51 AM
                    Some power efficiency figuresanon2018/10/12 01:55 PM
                    Some power efficiency figuresMaynard Handley2018/10/12 03:37 PM
                      Some power efficiency figuresanon2018/10/12 04:04 PM
                        Some power efficiency figuresMaynard Handley2018/10/12 04:16 PM
                          Some power efficiency figuresanon2018/10/13 02:13 AM
                          Some power efficiency figuresanon2018/10/13 05:06 AM
                      Some power efficiency figuresSimon Farnsworth2018/10/13 04:52 AM
                        Some power efficiency figuresanon2018/10/13 05:17 AM
                Reread what you saidAM2018/10/14 09:14 AM
          Important clue for several postersAM2018/10/12 04:48 AM
            Important clue for several postersjuanrga2018/10/12 10:07 AM
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                Thanks (NT)juanrga2018/10/13 04:17 AM
            Important clue for several postersWes Felter2018/10/12 02:42 PM
              Important clue for several postersAM2018/10/14 09:00 AM
                Cloudflare CPU has better perf/WDavid Kanter2018/10/15 08:39 AM
                  Cloudflare CPU has better perf/Wanon2018/10/15 09:10 AM
                    Cloudflare CPU has better perf/WDavid Kanter2018/10/15 11:09 AM
                      Cloudflare CPU has better perf/Wanon2018/10/15 12:52 PM
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                    Important clue for several postersanon2018/10/16 11:35 AM
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      Look at the figures, folksAM2018/10/14 08:50 AM
        Look at the figures, folksDavid Kanter2018/10/14 09:25 PM
          Look at the figures, folksMichael S2018/10/15 02:16 AM
            What?!AM2018/10/16 10:12 AM
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              ARM servers in AzureMichael S2018/10/15 05:46 AM
              ARM servers in AzureAnon2018/10/15 05:54 AM
                ARM servers in Azureanon2018/10/15 07:40 AM
          Look at the figures, folksAM2018/10/16 10:07 AM
        Look at the figures, folksMichael S2018/10/15 02:25 AM
        What figures?someone2018/10/15 05:35 AM
          What figures?AM2018/10/16 10:03 AM
            What figures?someone2018/10/17 08:19 AM
              What figures?wumpus2018/10/18 08:46 AM
      Look at the figures, folksJames2018/10/15 05:16 AM
        Look at the figures, folksAnne O. Nymous2018/10/15 05:31 AM
          Look at the figures, folksanonymou52018/10/15 05:47 AM
            Look at the figures, folksAnne O. Nymous2018/10/15 05:55 AM
        Watch the financial reportsAnon2018/10/15 06:00 AM
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