New server chips not as good as expected
vice president of
technical operations Jonathan Heiliger says he's disappointed by
performance gains offered by the latest Intel and AMD server CPUs.
Facebook has a massive user base, and it's still growing rapidly, and
thus constantly upgrading and expanding its infrastructure to keep up
with growth. However, the latest server parts simply don't seem to
deliver advertised performance gains.
"The biggest thing that surprised us is ... less-than-anticipated
performance gains from new microarchitectures - so, new CPUs from guys
like Intel and AMD. The performance gains they're touting in the press,
we're not seeing in our applications," said Heiliger. "And we're,
literally in real time right now, trying to figure out why that is."
Heiliger thinks chipmakers and OEMs are missing the point when it comes
to power efficiency and server functionality needed for homogenous
"You guys don't get it," Heiliger said. "To build servers for
companies like Facebook, and Amazon, and other people who are operating
fairly homogeneous applications, the servers have to be cheap, and they
have to be super power-efficient."
In spite of working with server makers on improving their products, Facebook claims they still continue to fail.