Arm processors that dominate the mobile landscape have gradually moved into new domains such as the embedded market. However, as x86 System on a Chip (SoC) vendors, like Intel and AMD, spend investment on constant improvements, Arm players are still struggling for a competitive proposition in the server market.
At the end of 2019, Amazon Web Services (AWS) reassured that it believes in Arm processors as suitable for data centers when the use of the new Graviton2 SoC was made public. Based on NEOVERSE N1 Arm architecture, the Graviton2 is optimized for cloud-native applications.
However, should a central node based on a powerful processor be doing everything or, are multiple smaller nodes with less powerful processors more efficient in running some applications and sharing workload?
Bamboo Systems, previously known as Kaleao, who is a leader of the Parallel Arm Node Architecture approach, has just launched its newest systems, the B1000N Series, based on a revolutionary new system architecture that makes use of SolidRun’s COM Express Type 7 module utilizing NXP’s Layerscape LX2160A with 16 Arm Cortex®-A72 processors.
Bamboo Systems claims it is optimized for “modern software structures and the challenge of energy-hogging data centers”. Running microservices-based workloads while consuming minimal energy, the new server is ideal for applications such as Kubernetes, edge computing, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML) deployments.
The company claims its Next Generation Servers offer:
- Typical savings of 50% of acquisition cost as compared to equivalently configured x86 systems
- Up to 75% less energy consumption
- Up to 80% less rack space used.
Now that’s definitely a new promise!
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