Last November, Calxeda announced its 32-bit ARM Chip for servers, and now there are been some good progress as Calxeda is currently showcasing a 192-core ARM Server running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server edition at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Oakland, California.
The server showcased has 192 cores (48 Calxeda EnergyCore quad core Cortex-A9 processors), consumes less than 300 Watts, supports up to 24 SATA drivers and runs Ubuntu 12.04 with OpenStack’s cloud management infrastructure. Karl Freund, Calxeda Vice President of Marketing said that the Calxeda server is running “a standard LAMP stack (running Calxeda’s website) along with other popular web frameworks such as node.js and Ruby on Rails, provisioning of OpenStack Nova compute instances, and even Canonical’s Metal-as-a-Service bare-metal provisioning.”
The company also explained that a complete native build of the Ubuntu 12.04 kernel took less than an hour to build on a single node, 4 times faster than the time it takes on current ARM build platforms, and it should be possible to build the entire Ubuntu distribution within hours with a larger Calxeda cluster, instead of weeks of build time currently required.
Calxeda (and HP) ARM servers for the cloud will ship to customer within 4 to 8 weeks, a few months earlier than the newer Applied Micro X-Gene 64-Bit ARM Server-on-Chip which showcased an Apache 2 implementation last month, since the silicon for the latter is not ready yet and they use FPGAs to emulate the upcoming processor.
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