Cavium, Canonical Demo OpenStack Running on ARM-Based Servers
At the OpenStack Summit, the companies show a cluster of servers powered by Cavium's ThunderX SoCs running OpenStack, Ubuntu and various workloads.Cavium and Ubuntu Linux distributor Canonical are at the OpenStack Summit demonstrating the open-source cloud orchestration software running on a cluster of servers powered by Cavium's ARM-based processors. The two companies this week are partnering to create an optimized solution for Cavium's 64-bit ThunderX systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) that includes not only the most recent release of OpenStack but also Canonical's Ubuntu operating system. The combination of the technologies is designed to enable businesses to build, provision, deploy and manage enterprise-level cloud environments. Cavium officials said the demonstration at the show in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the latest proof point for the company, which is one of the earliest vendors to launch ARM-based chips for servers, a domain dominated by Intel and its x86-based architecture. Officials with ARM—which designs SoC core architectures that chip-making partners like Samsung and Qualcomm then license to make their own processors—several years ago saw an opportunity in the growing cloud and Web-scale environments to push their low-power designs up the stack and into the data center. ARM-based chips currently are found in most smartphones and tablets and are making their way into new areas such as the Internet of things (IoT).
Cavium and Applied Micro—with its X-Gene SoCs—were among the first vendors to launch ARM-based server chips based on ARM's ARMv8 architecture. Cavium launched ThunderX in December 2014, and has been adding capabilities—such as Tesla GPU accelerator technology from Nvidia—over the past several months. The ThunderX chip family offers up to 48 cores, single- and dual-socket configurations, and integrated accelerators, high-memory bandwidth, large memory capacity and integrated bandwidth network and storage I/O. ThunderX also includes a low-latency Ethernet fabric.