Category: Servers

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Jon Masters of Red Hat talks Arm Servers, fixing Meltdown/Spectre, HPC, A64FX, Ampere

Posted by Charbax – September 28, 2018

Jon Masters is the Computer Architect, Chief Arm Architect with extensive experience at Red Hat with the deeper levels of CPU and Software optimization, adapting and preparing the ecosystem of Cloud, Supercomputing, talks about all the latest Arm Servers, including those coming up with the Marvell ThunderX2, Qualcomm Centriq 2400, Ampere eMag, talking about ARM 10nm vs Intel 14nm, talking about his involvement fighting the industry's Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, explaining some of the latest things done by Linaro in this space.

Fujitsu A64FX Post-K Supercomputer: World’s Fastest Arm Processor

Posted by Charbax – September 24, 2018

Fujitsu A64FX is the new fastest Arm processor in the world, built on 7nm it has 2.7 TFLOPS performance per chip suitable for high-end HPC and AI, they aim to create with it the world's fastest supercomputer with it by 2021. A64FX is the first processor using the new Armv8-A Scalable Vector Extension (SVE) to accelerate a wide range of large-scale scientific computing, including deep learning. Fujitsu is working closely with Linaro to enrich the Arm HPC ecosystem. A64FX will be featured in the post-K computer, a supercomputer being developed by Fujitsu and RIKEN as a successor to the K computer, which achieved the world's highest performance in 2011. The organizations are striving to achieve post-K application execution performance up to 100 times that of the K computer. It offers a number of features, including broad utility supporting a wide range of applications, massive parallelization through the Tofu interconnect, low power consumption, and mainframe-class reliability.

You can watch Fujitsu's keynote at Linaro Connect here

Start using ARM Servers now with Ed Vielmetti of Packet

Posted by Charbax – September 21, 2018

In this video, @vielmetti, director of @worksonarm, discusses technical issues regarding integration, testing, Cloud Native and network workloads, and directions for the project for the coming year.

The Works on Arm cluster is run by Packet for Arm to provide test, development, and data center CI/CD resources for community projects to build on arm64. The project also includes a weekly video office hours, a weekly newsletter, and a channel on the Packet Community Slack and Freenode IRC (#worksonarm) for community discussion.

Green Computing Consortium, ARM Servers energy efficiency in China

Posted by Charbax – August 5, 2018

Tao Wang, Leader of the Talent Development Working Group at the Green Computing Consortium, to bring better energy efficiency for the Chinese server market. China might mandate that ARM Servers must be used to reduce power consumption for cloud services, a demand that is growing very fast in China. Filmed at the Linaro Connect Hong Kong.

You can find the slideshow about this here: https://www.slideshare.net/linaroorg/hkg18319-dr-tao-wang-gcc-step-into-green-computing-cornsortium

ARM Servers in China: HXT Semiconductor VP of Software and Systems

Posted by Charbax – August 5, 2018

HXT Semiconductor is a partnership between Qualcomm and China local Government of Guizhou Province to create ARM Server chipsets for the Chinese market. HXT is working with Linaro in the Open Source community working in the LEG Linaro Enterprise Group, to get good Linux support on the ARM Server. With eventual announcements for the HXT ARM Server products to come.

Arm ServerReady Update with Dong Wei, Senior Director at ARM Architecture and Technology Group

Posted by Charbax – August 5, 2018

Arm ServerReady is a program to make sure that the ecosystem is enabled to support the ARM server, making sure that all the operating systems just work and can be installed without a lot of patches and stuff. They ask ODM and Silicon Providers to work with ARM to comply with the standards to make sure everything just is working. Linaro LEG also did an SBSA QEMU effort, that is well aligned with the Arm ServerReady Program letting people run the tests even before the hardware is available.

You can find the slideshow about this here: https://www.slideshare.net/linaroorg/hkg18317-arm-server-ready-program

Cavium ThunderX2 Desktop PC made by GIGABYTE for ARM Server development

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2018

GIGABYTE shows their Cavium ThunderX2 Workstation, an upcoming product for ARM software developmers to optimize their code for the ARM server market. It will feature dual Cavium ThunderX2 processors with 4 channels of RDIMM/LRDIMM DDR4 2666/2400Mhz memory per socket, and total capacity of 16 x DIMMS. Networking will include a dedicated MLAN port. Other specifications are still under adjustment for the final product which is something that GIGABYTE and Cavium are discussing with potential customers to satisfy a demand.

GIGABYTE shows Cavium ThunderX2 ARM Server Portfolio

Posted by Charbax – June 13, 2018

The R181-T90 is a 1U height dual socket general purpose ThunderX2 rack server with 8 channels RDIMM / ECC UDIMM DDR4 memory, 24 x DIMM slots, 1 x 25GbE SFP28 LAN port, 1 x 10GbE SFP+ LAN port (optional), 12 x 2.5” hot-swap HDD bays, 2 x OCP mezzanine slots (PCIe 3.0 x16), Aspeed AST2500 management controller, and 1+1 1600W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU. The R281-T91 is a 2U height dual socket general purpose ThunderX2 rack server with 8 channels RDIMM / ECC UDIMM DDR4 memory, 24 x DIMM slots, 1 x 25GbE SFP28 LAN port, 1 x 10GbE SFP+ LAN port (optional), 24 x 2.5” hot-swap HDD bays, 8 x PCIe 3.0 expansion slots, Aspeed AST2500 management controller, and 1+1 1600W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU. The R181-T90 and R281-T91 will be available to order from July 2018. The H261-T60 is a 2U height 4 node density optimized ThunderX2 server with dual ThunderX2 CN9975 sockets for each node (8 x sockets in total) and rear access to the node trays. The sockets will support a CPU up to 195W TDP. Each node supports 4 channels RDIMM / ECC UDIMM DDR4 memory, with 64 x DIMM slots for the system in total. The system contains in total 8 x SFP28 10G/25G LAN ports, 4 dedicated management ports, 12 x 3.5” SATA/SAS hot-swap HDD/SSD bays, 8 x low profile PCIe Gen3 expansion slots, 4 x OCP Gen3 mezzanine slots, and the system includes Aspeed AST2500 remote management controller and 1 + 1 2200W 80 PLUS Platinum redundant PSU. The H261-T60 will be available for shipping in late September or early October 2018. Find more information on GIGABYTE’s server products at http://b2b.gigabyte.com

Cavium ThunderX2 benchmarks compared with Intel and AMD

Posted by Charbax – June 5, 2018

Patrick Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief at ServeTheHome.com talks about the independent benchmarks on ThunderX2 that he published at ServeTheHome.com as Cavium announced General Availability of the ThunderX2 ARM Server at their event in San Francisco last month.

The ThunderX2 family includes over 40 different SKUs for both scale up and scale out applications, ranging from top bin 32 core 2.5GHz parts to 16-core 1.6GHz parts, mapping directly across Intel's Xeon Skylake server CPUs from highest end Platinum to low end SKUs. With list prices for volume SKUs (32 core 2.2GHz and below) ranging from $1795 to $800, the ThunderX2 family offers 2-4X better performance per dollar compared to Xeon Skylake family of processors. The ThunderX2 family is fully compliant with Armv8-A architecture specifications as well as the Arm Server Base System Architecture and Arm Server Base Boot Requirements standards. The ThunderX2 SoC family is supported by a comprehensive software ecosystem, ranging from platform level systems management and firmware to commercial Operating Systems, Development Environments and Applications. Cavium has actively engaged in server industry standards groups such as UEFI and delivered numerous reference platforms to a broad array of community and corporate partners. Cavium has also demonstrated its leadership role in the Open Source software community driving upstream kernel enablement and toolchain optimization, actively contributing to Linaro's Enterprise and Networking Groups, investing in key Linux Foundation projects such as DPDK, OpenHPC, OPNFV and Xen and sponsoring the FreeBSD Foundation's Armv8 server implementation.

Arm Allinea Studio, Supercomputing Scientific performance tools for ARM Servers

Posted by Charbax – April 8, 2018

The new Arm Allinea Studio release is a comprehensive and integrated tools suite to help Scientific computing, HPC and Enterprise developers to achieve best performance on modern server-class Arm-based platforms. Check out https://developer.arm.com/hpc for more info.