Category: Servers

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Ampere eMAG Skylark 32-core ARM Server CPU

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2019

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.

SmugMug uses Amazon AWS EC2 A1 ARM Server Instance, 40% cheaper than x86

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2019

SmugMug achieves 40% cost savings by migrating their photo-serving tier to EC2 A1 instances. SmugMug is able to move their software stack (PHP, Nginx, HAProxy) to A1 instances with minimal effort. And getting everything up and running on A1 instances was like any other EC2 instance for SmugMug.

Arm Neoverse N1 and E1

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2019

The Neoverse N1 CPU is optimized for a wide range of cloud native server workloads executing at a world-class compute efficiency. This enables an infrastructure transformation where processing is pushed to the edge where data is generated, thereby providing more scalability than moving all data to centralized datacenters.

The Arm Neoverse E1 CPU delivers best-in-class throughput efficiency. It incorporates a new simultaneous multithreading (SMT) microarchitecture design. With SMT, the processor can execute two threads concurrently resulting in better aggregate throughput performance.

The Neoverse E1 delivers 2.1x more compute performance, 2.7x more throughput performance and 2.4x better throughput efficiency compared to the Cortex-A53. The design is highly scalable to support throughput demands for next generation edge to core data transport.

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.