Codethink has just announced an ARM based server called “The BaseRock Slab” powered by Marvell ARMADA XP quad core ARMv7-A processors with 2 GB RAM and 30GB (up to 120GB) mSATA SSD Storage per node, which targets applications such as cloud computing infrastructure and native ARM build and test.
This 32 cores server comes in a 1U chassis (483mm x 44mm x 355m), is powered by a 260 PSU, integrates eight Cogent CSB1726-ArmadaXP SoM (Marvell Armada XP quad-core ARMv7-A CPUs, 1.33Ghz + 2 GB ECC DDR3 RAM) in to a carrier board featuring the following:
- 30GB (max 120GB) mSATA SSD, max 250MB/sec read/write, per SoM
- SATA port for additional dedicated storage, per SoM
- Dual 2.5Gbit/s full-duplex ethernet, trunkable into a single 5Gbit/s link
- Management SoM for remote power, fan and reset control
- Firmware upgrade via the network
The server is managed by Cogent CSB1724 SoM powered by Marvell Armada 300 (ARMv5) @ 1.6 GHz.
The company explains that their system is scalable for data center and cloud applications, and up to 76 units can be stacked in a rack to provide a 2432 cores server with no special power handling or cooling infrastructure.
The Baserock Slab supports Baserock Embedded Linux and Debian GNU/Linux, and the company is currently working on Ubuntu and Fedora ports.
The Baserock Slab ARM server can be ordered now for September delivery, according to the company website. Further details about this new ARM server are available on Baserock.com.
[Update. Here’s a video showing how everything fits together to create a 2432 core server.