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 D120-S3G Annapurna Alpine AL5140 ARM Server for Cold Storage
Gigabyte R120-P30 AppliedMicro X-Gene 1 ARM Server
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 H260-T70 ARM Server with Cavium ThunderX dual-socket 96-core/board, 384-core/2U server
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 ARM Servers, Cavium ThunderX, AppliedMicro X-Gene and Annapurna AL5140
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.
Actions Bubblegum-96 Linaro 96Boards.org development board on quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
Actions Semiconductor launches their first 96boards development board running Android 5 Lollipop, Ubuntu based on Linaro codebase, based on Actions S900 Quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 with PowerVR G6230 GPU, Memory 1-8GB DDR3, Storage support 4-64GB eMMC. Rich interfaces including HDMI, USB2.0 host and Micro USB2.0, LAN, WIFI.
Radxa Rock2 RK3288 development board
This is the Radxa Rock2 on Rockchip RK3288 quad-core ARM Cortex-A17, still being optimized for release at http://radxa.com/Rock2 it’s configured as a SoM (System on Module) board with a choice of two base boards with more or less connectors and with that SoM module swappable. Tyler Baker of the Linaro LAVA team talks about the connectors and how Linaro is integrating this into http://kernelci.org which you can hear about at http://armdevices.net/2015/02/28/kernelci-org-upstream-kernel-validation-project/
Grant Likely, Linaro Fellow, talks ARM Linux Development
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.
ARM64 Open Laptop Project by Vero Apparatus
Vero Apparatus is trying to design the worlds most powerful ARM Powered Laptop, powerful enough for software developers at Linaro to use ARM Laptops for their ARM related software development. The open source hardware and software will address the concerns that many people have about proprietary products, and provide the most transparent assurances about absence of security vulnerabilities.
The ARM64 Open Laptop concept was announced in an ad hoc session at DebConf 2014 in Portland, Oregon, where over a dozen interested developers gathered at fairly short notice. They approved the concept and decided on some of the things to do next. See the slides of the presentation
The idea is to produce a small quantity (say 100) of replacement motherboards physically compatible with a laptop model that is already popular with developers. Lenovo or HP might have suitable chassis models. The Lenovo X220 is a good candidate but Vero Apparatus is open to alternative proposals. The design will re-use an existing case, SATA drive, display, battery, keyboard, touchpad, webcam, speaker and microphone to reduce development cost.
The main processor will probably be an AMD Opteron A1100 system-on-chip code named “Seattle”. In short, this has four or eight 64-bit Cortex-A57 cores, supports up to 128GB RAM, SATA and LAN. Being a server chip it lacks video, audio and USB, so either those must be added to the motherboard or another, more versatile chip must come along soon. Hardware choices will opt for longer battery life rather than 3D graphics performance.
Debian GNU/Linux is the default OS and distribution choice but Open Source implies freedom for the user. UEFI is the preferred firmware architecture, realistically in the form of Tianocore EDK2.
Qualcomm at Linaro Connect, Open Source Freedreno GPU Drivers for Qualcomm Adreno GPUs running on Inforce Computing’s Single-board-computers
Hacking on Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 805 based Inforce Computing single-board-computers, Inforce 6410 and Inforce 6540, in this video, the Qualcomm Linaro Landing Team and Qualcomm Linaro engineers talk about the status of Ubuntu Linux release on Snapdragon 600 processor based development boards. Rob Clark, Freedreno project owner, talks about the status of open source graphics drivers for Qualcomm Adreno processor. The Linaro Linux release uses Freedreno graphics driver for HW acceleration. Other landing team engineers talk about various other plugins and drivers such Gstreamer plugin developed for the Linux release to enable to support for HW accelerated HTML5 video. There has been a lot of progress made on up streaming drivers for Snapdragon processors. For latest Linaro Linux release, visit: http://releases.linaro.org/latest/ubuntu/snapdragon For information on development boards based on Snapdragon processor, visit http://mydragonboard.org/. For Inforce Computing’s single-board-computers based on Snapdragon processors, visit http://inforcecomputing.com/products/inforce_products.html
kernelci.org upstream kernel validation project
Tyler Baker discusses and demos http://kernelci.org, where development boards all over the world are being booted with the bleeding edge upstream kernel to provide validation results to the kernel community.
Sunchip CX-A99 Allwinner A80 Set-top-box runs Ubuntu, Android 5 TV soon
Sunchip is mass manufacturing their Allwinner A80 based Set-top-box with Ubuntu support and with Android 5 Android TV support comming soon.
You can contact Sunchip here:
Shenzhen Sunchip Technology Co., Ltd
Kobe Chen, Sales Manager
Mobile: +86 13751103656
Phone: +86 755 26733959
48-core 64bit Cavium ThunderX ARM Server demonstrating Virtualization
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.
LAVA Lab to integrate HiKey from 96Boards.org
The LAVA Lab is to integrate the Hisilicon Kirin 620 based 64bit HiKey board from http://96boards.org. Tyler Baker and Dave Pigott from the Linaro validation team discuss their plans for the deployment and testing of the HiKey board.
64bit HiKey Board selling at $129 through Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics is the world’s biggest distributor of electronics components, they are a supporting partner in the Hi-Key development board, supported by the new http://96Boards.org program. With experience in distributing many different previous developments like the TI based Beaglebone, Arrow is excited for the things to come in this space. This is the world’s first affordable 64bit ARM development board for software developers, makers, and OEMs. It comes with 4GB of eMMC, WiFi/BLE, and HDMI output. You can order yours today for $129 at https://parts.arrow.com/item/detail/circuitco/999-0005854#GenG
Hisilicon D02, 16-core ARM Cortex-A57 High Performance Board (32-core version coming next months!)
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.
96Boards Linaro Development Boards Initiative, $129 HiKey with Hisilicon 64bit Kirin620
With the first being the Hislicon Kirin620 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A53 based $129 HiKey development board, http://96Boards.org is a new open hardware specification for ARM 32bit and 64bit development boards, and a Community Program for software delivery to developers, makers and OEMs. In this video, Linaro CEO George Grey describes the standardized expansion buses for peripheral I/O, display and cameras allowing the hardware ecosystem to develop a range of compatible add-on products that will work on any 96Boards product over the lifetime of the platform.The 96Boards initiative is designed to offer a single software and hardware community across multiple vendor boards supporting a range of different features. A fixed set of minimum functions including USB, SD, HDMI and standardized low speed and high speed peripheral connectors are provided. Vendors may add customized hardware and feature sets provided the minimum functions are available. Linaro expects this to extend the platform life, increase the market for add-on hardware, and accelerate open source upstreaming of support for new SoC features.
Here is the session by Linaro CEO George Grey talking further about the 96Boards hardware at Linaro Connect Hong Kong 2015:
Live Lava Lab demonstration, adding new development boards for automatic testing
Showing how easy it is to integrate any development board in Lava. Beaglebone Black, Allwinner A20 Cubieboard2, IFC6410, Odroid-UX3 (Exynos5422). They can take any new board and just get it connected. LAVA is an automated validation architecture primarily aimed at testing deployments of systems based around the Linux kernel on ARM devices, specifically ARMv7 and later. The current range of boards (device types) supported by this LAVA instance can be seen on the scheduler status page https://validation.linaro.org/scheduler/ which includes details of how many boards of each type are available for tests and currently running jobs.
eInfochips enabling Linux support on ARM based SoCs
They have enabled the Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 (Snapdragon 600) with Linaro’s Linaro OpenEmbedded based Ubuntu release. They have optimized it for video/audio capture encode/decode through software based encoding and optimizing HD resolution with hardware acceleration for video-chat.
Linaro Performance Contest, John Maddog Hall
At http://performance.linaro.org/, in anticipation of ARM’s new 64-bit architecture, Linaro reviewed some of the source code of a typical GNU/Linux system and found over 1400 source code modules that included ARM assembly language which might need to be ported and does need to be tested to work on new ARM 64-bit processors (Aarch64).
Linaro also recognized that some of the modules were written a long time ago (by computer standards) when CPUs were single core and not multi-core, compilers were not as optimized and RAM memories were smaller and more expensive leading to trade-offs in portability and algorithm selection. In today’s era, it might be better to re-evaluate the use of assembly language and perhaps replace it completely with a higher-level language such as “C”. It might also be worthwhile to review algorithms that made sense in an earlier time, but have outlived their usefulness.
In some cases the assembly language that exists in the code was “transposed” from existing assembly language of a different architecture and did not necessarily utilize the best features of each assembly or machine language architecture. In other cases it might make more sense to create a compiler intrinsic to do certain functions such as identifying the architecture of the machine.
Finally, while the code in the modules may be very efficient and highly portable, the compiler invocations may need review to take advantage of new optimization switches.
All this amounts to a major opportunity to not only ensure GNU/Linux based systems will operate efficiently on new ARM 64-bit processors, but also to optimize the performance of these systems across architectures. In pursuit of this performance goal, Linaro decided to create a long-running performance contest directed at these modules, and in the future extend the contest to even more modules which may or may not have assembler language in them.
To get started, click on the “Getting Started” Tux Penguin: http://performance.linaro.org/start/