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  Date: 07/12/2014

64 bit ARM processor core based supercomputer design is planned

Supercomputer company Cray is exploring 64-bit ARM processor cores for designing supercomputer. Cray said it is also working with Cavium to deliver Cray clusters based on Cavium's 48-core work load optimized ThunderX ARM processors.

Steve Scott, Cray senior vice president and chief technology officer finds alternatives such as 64-bit ARM, custom ASICs and low-power Intel processors as enabling technologies for certain HPC and analytics workloads, and a natural fit for their company's strategy.

Cavium has launched both single socket and dual socket versions of its ARMv8 ThunderX family of processors. The workload optimized ThunderX CN88xx product line is the highest performance family of ARMv8 SoC processors for next generation Data Center and Cloud infrastructure, claims Cavium.

Cavium's ThunderX A 2.5 GHz, 48 Core family of processors for next gen data center and cloud Applications is based on 64-bit ARM-based Server SOC. ThunderX is the first ARM based SOC to be fully cache coherent across dual sockets using Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect (CCPI).
ThunderX includes four families with custom I/O and accelerators optimized for target workloads:
ThunderX_CP: For Cloud compute workloads such as public & private clouds, webcaching, web serving, search and social media data analytics.
ThunderX_ST: For Cloud storage, big data and distributed data bases.
ThunderX_NT: For Telecom/ NFV server and embedded networking applications.
ThunderX_SC: For Secure computing applications

64-bit ARM processor architecture also gains another strength, where Allinea Software released its Allinea DDT, a paraller debugging for the ARMv8 platform.

Lakshmi Mandyam, director, server systems and ecosystems, ARM said Allinea's contribution to the ecosystem with their new debugger for the ARMv8 platform is significant for ARM-based server devices.

Another strong supporter of ARM based servers Applied Micro Circuits Corporation announced the immediate availability of its X-C1 Development Kits , low-cost, low-power development systems for its X-Gene Server-on-a-Chip (SoC) .
Author: Srinivasa Reddy N
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