eMAG is a family of high-performance ARM server processors designed by Ampere Computing. Ampere's introduction of eMAG to the market concludes and follows on the X-Gene3 design started out by AppliedMicro. eMAG processors targets server workloads capable of taking advantage of a high core count with high throughput. First generation eMAG processors are based on the Skylark microarchitecture, a design that started out by AppliedMicro. Fabricated on TSMC's 16FF+ process, those processors feature up to 32 cores operating at up to 3.3 GHz. DDR4 channels, up to 2666 MT/s with ECC; 1 TiB/socket I/O: 42 PCIe Gen 3 lanes TDP: Up to 125 W Second generation eMAG processors are planned for 2019. Those chips will be based on Ampere's Quicksilver microarchitecture and feature an array of new features and improvements developed also with the new staff that Ampere hired over from Qualcomm's ARM Server team.
Jon Masters, Chief ARM Architect at RedHat and Yan Fisher, RedHat Hyperscale Platforms Product Marketing Lead, talk about the traction in the industry for the ARM Servers, where Red Hat talks about running the same unmodified OS on 10 different ARM SoC vendor's hardware, where Red Hat expects significant adoption in the next 12 months as customers ask for Linux on ARM, Red Hat can help these customers deploy, support and upgrade. As next generation better ARM Server solutions are getting ready to be deployed. ARM was talking about 20% of new servers by 2020 could be ARM Servers, Red Hat is bullish and thinks it could be higher.
OPNFV Pharos Lab project deals with developing an OPNFV lab infrastructure that is geographically and technically diverse. The Pharos Lab is hosted in Kista, Sweden, it will greatly assist in developing a highly robust and stable OPNFV platform (see more: https://wiki.opnfv.org/pharos) OPNFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source platform to accelerate the introduction of new NFV products and services (see more: https://wiki.opnfv.org/start)
The following ARMv8 servers are used:
- Controller nodes: 3 * Applied Micro X-Gene 2 ARMv8-64 8 cores @ 2.4GHz, 32GB RAM, 1x128GB SSD, 2x1TB HDD, 1x10Gbps SFP+ NICs, 2x1Gbps NICs.
- Compute nodes: 2-3* Cavium Networks CN8890-CRB ThunderX ARMv8-64 48 cores @ 2.5GHz, 8x16GB RAM (128GB total), 1x500GB HDD, 1x40Gbps QSFP+ NIC, 2x10Gbps SFP+ NICs, 1x1Gpbs NIC (RJ45, IPMI interface).
ENEA’s demo in ARM booth was showing a simple NFV application running on our operational ARMv8 Pharos lab infrastructure. The application demonstrates a simple NFV service chain integrating a DPI (deep packet inspection) VNF engine provided by QOSMOS (see more: http://www.qosmos.com).
Gigabyte launched their AppliedMicro X-Gene 1 server on 64bit. This server can connect into for example the Annapurna storage server. By October Gigabyte will also be shipping the AppliedMicro X-Gene 2 server with DDR4 speed, lower power consumption, where AppliedMicro designs their custom SoC with many features integrated and performance and power consumption optimized. You can also see my tour at AppliedMicro featuring the X-Gene 1 and X-Gene 2: http://armdevices.net/2014/12/11/how-the-appliedmicro-x-gene-arm-server-processors-are-designed/
Gigabyte is launching a whole range of ARM Powered Servers at Computex 2015: Gigabyte H279-T70 based on the Cavium ThunderX with 384 cores in a 2U system, Gigabyte D120-S3G featuring the Annapurna Labs Alpine AL5140 quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and the Gigabyte R120-P30 is based on the Applied Micro X-Gene 1 Octa-core 64bit processor.
In this video, AppliedMicro’s Kumar Sankaran discusses the software of the X-Gene platform and provides a comparison of X-Gene 1 and 2 against the latest Intel server processors Xeon E5.
You can order AppliedMicro's 64bit ARMv8 development board here: https://www.apm.com/products/data-center/x-gene-family/x-c1-development-kits/
AppliedMicro gives an overview of X-Gene, providing the different design components as well the various benefits in using X-Gene for compute server, storage and high performance computing. AppliedMicro is one of the initial partners with ARM in developing the ARMv8 64bit architecture, and customizing it for high performance server computing.
AppliedMicro’s Gaurav Singh gives us a sneak peek into the development labs of X-Gene 2 showing a live demonstration ready for production, with AppliedMicro X-Gene 2 coming out for ARM Servers in 2015.
World's first 64bit ARMv8 development board (you can order it here: https://www.apm.com/products/data-center/x-gene-family/x-c1-development-kits/) based on the Octa Core X-Gene 2.4Ghz running in SMP mode available for anyone to buy today. It's built for Servers, supports 64bit Android development, featured in the HP Moonshot ARM Server product. Designed for cloud computing and next-generation data centers, featuring custom high-performance ARMv8 cores, AppliedMicro X-Gene is the first to couple an advanced 64-bit ARM architecture with unique network and storage offload engines, as well as integrated Ethernet. The highly integrated, purpose-built X-Gene solution delivers the highest performance and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for private cloud, public cloud, and enterprise applications.
Clark and Linda of HP give an inside look at HP's Moonshot system configured with their new m400 ARM cartridges. Each cartridge is an individual 64-bit ARM server using AppliedMicro's X-Gene SOC, with 8 cores and 64Gb of RAM with 2 Mellanox 10G NICs. The servers are running OpenStack with a mix of cloud controller services and Nova compute nodes.