Socionext SC2A11 24-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor has gotten into more hardware recently. We recently showcased a demo of an upcoming Banana Pi 24-core Arm server, but they’ll be joined by South Korea based XSLAB which prepare to launch their own V-Raptor 24-core microserver in February 2019.
The server is based on SC2A11 processor coupled with their own BMC (Baseboard Management Controller). A 24-core micro server node is shown below with SC2A11 processor covered by a black heatsink, as well as a RAM stick.
As I understand it, one or several V-Raptor microserver can then be inserted into a PCIe slot of the mainboard which supports up to 32 nodes on 2U rack size, so that would be a total of 24 x 32 = 768 Arm Cortex A53 cores.
The detailed specifications of the server are not shown yet on the almost empty company website. The company may also have made a separate server, as shown in the photo below, where we can see some RAM slots, Ethernet ports, SFP cages, SATA interfaces, and several USB 3.0 ports. But it seems unrelated to the PCIe server card above. [Update: It is definitely not related since the chip is from Applied Micro]
We’ll find a few more details and the first two pictures at the top this post on FunFun Yoo twitter account which shows Ubuntu 16.04, OpenStack with DevStack, and netdata dashboard running on the platform.
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