ARM servers have been around for a while, but usually it’s pretty hard to buy for individuals, and developer’s boards such as LeMaker Cello are never in stock, probably because the project has been canceled or suffered from further delays. However, if you have some uses for ARM servers and the cash that goes with it, Avantek Computer (UK) is selling some ARM based servers starting from an 1U Rack with a quad core Annapurna Alpine AL5140 processor up to Avantek H270-T70 with a 2U rack equipped with multiple Cavium ThunderX SoCs providing 384 ARMv8 cores to play with.
- SoCs – 8x Cavium ThunderX CN8890 processors with 48 custom ARMv8 cores each
- System Memory – 64x DDR4 ECC slots for up to 8TB memory
- Storage – 16x 2.5” hot-swappable HDD/SSD bays
- Connectivity – 8x 40GbE QSFP+ fiber ports (Cortina CS4343 controllers)
- Power Supply – 1600W 80 PLUS Platinum redundant PSU
- 2U Rack System with 4 nodes with front access to the node trays
The server is compliant with ARM’s Server Base System Architecture (SBSA) and Server Base Boot Requirements (SBBR), which means you can load any compliant OS on the server such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, FreeBSD 11 and others.
Thanks to Sander for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
10 Replies to “Avantek H270-T70 384-core ARM Server Powered by Cavium ThunderX SoCs Can Be Bought Online”
Arm serve talk fired up a old memory of a diy article, not in this league some might find it interesting
Even older still https://ewan.im/956/my-60-arm-server
too much for ARM Processor .. hope some chinese company will step in & bring down the price
Is this a re-branded GIGABYTE server or the OEM for GIGABYTE?
Good find. At least that’s one place selling GIGABYTE H270-T70 server.
It’s also possible to rent a Cavium ThunderX 96-core server for $0.5 per hour @ https://www.packet.net/bare-metal/servers/type-2a/
Your problem? You’re used to the cheapie boards like the RPi3, etc.
This is SERVER hardware. And, in all honesty, it’s *cheap* for the class we’re talking about here.
With the tens of millions sales of TV boxs soc and people using Pi tarts etc surprising no one moifies one of these soc for light cheap servers, By that I mean gigbyte ports, sata, pci on board while dropping TV box features not needed.
Once you start adding Gigabit Ethernet, SATA and PCIe, your SoC/board is not that cheap anymore.
Most of the time, Gigabit Ethernet and SATA IP blocks used in TV Box SoCs don’t always perform as expected. For example your Gigabit port maybe limited to 300 Mbps, SATA write speed to 40MB/s etc…
The company contacted me and they’ll support international shipping soon: