David Abdurachmanov of Fermilab works in Geneva at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, testing all the latest different 64bit ARM Server platforms to measure when they may be recommended to be used by up to hundreds of computing centers around the world, potentially deployed to hundreds of thousands of servers to crunch large amounts of scientific data worldwide. The GRID of Computing resources analyses scientific data for experiments in high energy physics, to find proof that the Higgs Boson exists, at the core of understanding how the world is made. These scientific server grids must be built at optimal cost to consume the least amount of power as more and more scientific experiments require to analyse more and more data. CERN is where the Web was born, it might also be where the ARM Server will get kickstarted. As computing centers around the world have the requirement to use the least amount of power. David Abdurachmanov is eager to test and potentially to implement mass production ready ARM 64bit Server hardware.
You can also watch David Abdurachmanov's keynote at Linaro Connect here:
The lowest power Cloud storage with Cold Storage support, allows for most storage with the lowest cost and power consumption, where Annapurna (acquired by Amazon last January) designs a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 SoC with built-in hardware RAID, also combining two Marvell chips totally the small motherboard can control 16 hard drives, designed for lowest power consumption and cost efficiency.
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 shows their "fastest ARM Server in the world" solution, packing 384 cores into a standard 2U. Big cloud companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon could buy these to fill up their datacers with 11 thousand or 15 thousand of them. Gigabyte's ARM Server product manager talks about the performance, the features compared to the old fashioned Intel x86 servers, the power consumption is much lower. Gigabyte will launch the mass production in November, now providing samples for validation and testing by their big cloud company customers around the world. The 48-core ARM ThunderX Processor uses about 95W, while the comparative-performance Intel x86 based server processor consumes 145W, totally the saving is about 400W per 2U system, which means a potential saving of 8000W power per server rack. Gigabyte started using ThunderX in their R120-T30 single-socket server, moving to the dual socket design to be ready for taking over the massive cloud computing market.
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.
Grant Likely is a Linaro Fellow, Linux kernel Device Tree maintainer and Chair of the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board. In this video he talks about the things Linaro has been doing to advance Linux on ARM and where he sees Linaro working towards in the future. They helped make big.LITTLE possible, they advance power/performance scheduling features around current and future ARM SoC designs to optimize the performance and power consumption for ARM Powered devices, from mobile to high-performance servers and networking.
Cavium is showing the most powerful ARM Processor in the world, with a 48-core ARMv8 64bit processor, demonstrating the high-performance visualization running the Xen Hypervisor running on an internal evaluation board and the KVM Hypervisor running on a rack-mounted 1U platform.
Hisilicon engineer Justin Zhao, Software Architect at Hisilicon SoC architecture department, is bringing up the Linux software on the Hisilicon D02 Board, one of the most powerful ARM Processors in the world. They have a configuration with 32-core Cortex A57 @ max 2.1GHz and up to 2 SoC per board coming up within a few months (64-cores per board!), each SoC has 1MB L2 cache/cluser, 32MB L3 cache. The board has 12 SATA\SAS (8 for one SoC, 4 for the other), 2 10/100/1000Mb/s compatible Ethernet ports, 2 10Gb/s SFP+ Ethernet ports, 8 DDR3 RAM DIMMs, 4 PCIE solts (2 pieces/SoC), 2 UARTs & 2 JTAGs for debug, 1 USB host. Rob Savoye of Linaro's Toolchain Group joins in this video discussing the installation of the latest GCC to this Board. Justin Zhao shows how he can bootup from Sata, PXE, Provision mode, NFS, with OpenSuse 13.1, Ubuntu 14.04, working on Red Hat. A LAMP (LAVA) and lxc (container) have already been enabled, and some Benchmarks (e.g. perf, iperf, ltp) have been executed on it too, perhaps Hisilicon will soon publish the test results also.
ARM talks sensors to servers demonstrations, ways to implement Internet of Things, using the mbed development boards with Arduino headers, the Arduino Shield with a low-power WiFi, doing custom sensor modules with temperature, microphone, ultra-sonic and motion sensors, stacking them up to do sensor nodes, then putting them around the booth to show a dashboard of things happening at the booth hosted on an AppliedMicro X-Gene server.
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/