George Grey, Linaro CEO, gives the opening keynote of Linaro Connect Bangkok. He discusses Linaro’s activities across the ARM ecosystem from sensor devices to the data-center. New initiatives including end-to-end open source software platform solutions, ARM Based Developer Cloud, $299 Lemaker Cello using AMD 64bit Server SoC following the 96Boards Enterprise Edition specs are announced and demonstrated.
Eric Hennenhoefer, ARM VP Research talks about ARM Reasearch in the High Performance Computing area and more.
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).
Cavium ThunderX 64bit 48-core ARM Server enabling the 5G mobile future, next gen cloud/datacenter and NFV
Cavium’s ThunderX 48-core ARMv8 64bit SoC is being implemented in dozens of ARM Server designs, by partners as Pegatron, Asus, Mitac, Gigabyte, Wiwynn, Acer and even for for super computing by E4 and Cray. Cavium and their software partners have optimized their ARM Server platform for variety of workloads, including NFV (Network Function Virtualization), Cloud RAN (Radio Access Network) for Virtualizing the access network, moving all the physical base stations to the cloud, which will save the industry a lot of money, hyperscale datacenter, web hosting like RunAbove (a subsidiary of OVH) at https://www.runabove.com/armcloud.xml, Ceph storage clusters. This can only be done using ARM and Cavium ThunderX SoC processors, providing a much better TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and efficient alternative to Intel x86. Cavium and partners, as Linaro and the open source community also are showing progress in the OPNFV, OpenStack, ODP (Open Data Plane), DPDK, fd.io, etc. for the networking and telecom industry.
Demonstrate ODP IPSec ESP protocol offload advantages over standard algorithm-oriented crypto API. Core utilization is measured for a given traffic load using standard odp_ipsec application and an ESP offload enhanced version of the same application (odp_ipsec_proto_ Benefits of significant core utilization decrease and simpler application code are demonstrated.
Functional demonstration of ODP-OpenvSwitch (ODP-OVS) running on ThunderX. ODP-OVS to process the upd pkt in loopback way on 10G port. Pkt generator pumps 10G traffic to ODP-OVS port. ODP-OVS receives pkts, validates pkt hash from ovs flow_table and then loopback to same port at 10G line rate.
Running virtualization on the 16 or 32-core ARM Cortex-A57 Hisilicon D02 board.
Developed new ODP features to achieve high performance, optimize the memory management, uio dev management framework, support crypto accelerator dev, pmd driver.
Working on the Boot Architecture (ACPI, UEFI), members from AMD, Qualcomm, Cavium, Alibaba, all engineers working together to make all the software boot for ARM Servers, leading projects around Open Stack, Big Data, going up the stack, finding things to optimize, such as virtualization, to have Server parity on ARM vs x86.
Uyesee shows the Industry Board used for KTV, Digital Signage and Server based on Freescale, Broadcom, Hisilicons SOCs.The Freescale Board is good solution for Digital Signage, powered by Freescale I.MX6Q Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9, 1G or 2G RAM optional, 4G Flash or up to 32GB optional, Support OS including Linux, Android,and Ubuntu, with WiFi and 3G/4G module, 100M LAN, Build-in SATA HDD, with 3*HDMI 1.4 Port support up to 3 display. Uyesee have another Freescale industry board for server with Dual Giga-Lan and 4*USB port.
The Broadcom solution powered by Broadcom BMC7252 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A15, 2GB RAM, with SATA, USB3.0 port and Giga Bit Lan, with HDMI 1.4-in and HDMI 2.0-out support 4K@60fps H265, it can used for Digital Signage and 4K streaming player.
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Jon Masters, Chief ARM Architect at Red Hat, talks about the AMD Huskyboard, the first 96boards Enterprise Edition, with an open specification for running a lot of the enterprise software including the software from Red Hat.