Yet Another ARMed Server – 16 ARM A9 in 80 W 1U

I might not be able to afford the 512 node servers we have seen before but now there is 1U with 16 A9 cores. That might be affordable and would give a very responsive system.

see ZT Systems – R1801e

I doubt Oracle will be running on this soon but it should be a great solution for many servers.

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7 Responses to Yet Another ARMed Server – 16 ARM A9 in 80 W 1U

  1. That’s not what M$ thinks, and it’s one of the few times I agree with them on anything. ARM makes sense. It has serious advantages to x86 when size and power consumption matter. With many buildings running out of server space, development of the cloud and thin clients, ARM makes a lot of sense and there are places where these advantages are useful on servers. The usual file servers in homes and small organizations is a biggy. Mostly these servers are waiting on disc-seeks rather than piles of code to execute. Many of them do little processing at all. The drive does DMA to RAM. The NIC does DMA to copper. The CPU just sets up the transfers. There will always be a need for powerful CPUs but there is also a need for less powerful, smaller and cheaper CPUs. Clearly, the world does not need that other OS and M$ is trying to preserve share by making its product available on ARM for a reason.

    I have written many times that because there are tanks and Cadillacs does not mean we should all drive them everywhere.

  2. oldman says:

    “There is no need for anyone to switch suddenly and completely from x86 to ARM.”

    Actually, there is no reason to switch at all. The market for ARM in the server space is going to have to prove itself. My own suspicion is that with the exception of one off creations by small companies like these, ARM will remain a processor in a niche market Imbedded systems, mobile phones, and tablets for quite some time. When the A15 class processors arrive, we shall see if they have the horsepower to take on the complex applications that people use on desktops. I wouldn’t expect anything from the ARM space at least least the next 3-4 years. And I doubt that either Intel or ADM will be sitting still during this time.

  3. There is no need for anyone to switch suddenly and completely from x86 to ARM. There are places where each is most suitable and it is challenging to start over from scratch so things will be phased in.

  4. oldman says:

    It looks like an interesting product, but in thats about it. The selection of Ubuntu server will be a dealbreaker for most – Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS or even SUSE Enterprise/OpenSUSE would have been better. Ubuntu/Debian is simply not a reliable business class platform. This doesnt even get into the reality that none of the major commerical ISV’s support android. Finally I’m willing to bet that this is definitely NOT a small cheap computer!

    P.S. have you noticed BTW that this company does the bulk of its business with x86, Pog? It would be interesting to find out if there has been any interest in this beyond android developers.

  5. That could be useful but I think the main application will be small cheap applications that could benefit from quick response time on less expensive hardware. x86 servers have always been seen as inexpensive compared to things like Sparc and mainframes but ARM should be able to do better. The cost of the CPU, a major component is much lower. I remember when gigabit/s NICs and switches started to come down in price. They made all kinds of things possible. Small cheap servers do the same sorts of things.

  6. Alex says:

    Niiice… does that mean I should learn a language that has parallelization built-in, like go?

  7. Bender says:

    And Ubuntu Server OS.

    I can’t see Windows in there can i ? ARM starts eating x86 market and may start eating Windows market share as well…

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