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E4 Rolls Out ARM-based ARKA Servers for HPC and Big Data

e4Today E4 Computer Engineering from Italy announced a new series of ThunderX ARMv8-A enabled ARKA dense computing sever product line. The new Cavium ThunderX- based systems leverage the design of the proven and successful ARKA modular servers, which are well positioned to handle the requirements of specific workloads in the Cloud, Big Data and HPC applications.

Designed for power efficiency, the ARKA Series is the first production-ready 64-bit ARM server platform that integrates ThunderX along with GPUs and InfiniBand. The ARKA series is equipped with full support of the extensive software ecosystem including Linux OS, libraries, compilers and applications. It is also equipped with the following development tools: NVIDIA CUDA 6.5 (compilers, libraries, SDK) MPI libraries, GNU compilers.

The ThunderX product family is Cavium’s 64-bit ARMv8-A server processor for next generation Data Center and cloud applications. With high performance custom cores, single and dual socket configurations, high memory bandwidth, large memory capacity, integrated hardware accelerators, integrated feature rich high bandwidth network and storage IO, fully virtualized core and IO, and scalable high bandwidth, low latency Ethernet fabric ThunderX enables best in class performance per dollar and performance per watt. The ThunderX processor family is fully compliant with ARMv8 architecture specifications as well as ARM’s SBSA and SBBR standards and is widely supported by industry leading OS, Hypervisor and SW tool and application vendors.

ThunderX powered ARKA Series server provides a versatile and flexible platform for the hyper-scale data center,” said Rishi Chugh, Director, Data Center Processor Group at Cavium. “E4 Computer Engineering extensive experience in HPC solution will enable highly competitive ThunderX based ARKA servers that are optimized for the Cloud, Web 2.0, HPC, and High Density Storage.”

The ARKA systems will be showcased this week at the GPU Technology Conference at E4 Computer Engineering booth 430 and Cavium booth 511.

For more information on E4, check out our interview with Simone Tinti, who heads up the E4 HPC Team.

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