Cavium ThunderX2 Processors Power new Baymax HyperScale Server Platforms

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Today Inventec in Taiwan announced Baymax, a new server platform optimized for Cloud compute, high-performance cloud storage and Big Data applications based on Cavium’s second-generation 64-bit ARMv8 ThunderX2 processors.

Inventec’s success as world’s largest server ODM has been based on our compelling designs and manufacturing expertise and our ability to deliver leading edge cost effective server platforms to world’s largest mega scale datacenters,” said Evan Chien, Senior Director of Inventec Server Business Unit 6. “Earlier this year Inventec’s customers requested platforms based on Cavium’s ThunderX2 ARMv8 processors, and the new Baymax platform is the first platform being delivered.”

Inventec is the largest ODM server manufacturer in the world and is a recognized leader in the delivery of high-performance and scalable server and storage designs to leading server OEMs as well as Mega Scale Datacenter end user customers. The Baymax platform from Inventec is an OCP Project Olympus compliant 1U rack mount server platform supporting two ThunderX2 SoCs in a dual socket configuration with up to 1.5TB of DDR4 memory, three PCIe x16 slots, four SATA ports complimented by four M.2 flash for local storage. This platform is optimized for diverse workloads such as Hadoop, SQL, high performance cloud storage and Search workloads that require a balance of high computing performance with highest memory capacity and bandwidth.

The ThunderX2 product family is Cavium’s second generation 64-bit ARMv8-A server processor SoCs for Datacenter, Cloud and High Performance Computing applications. The family integrates fully out-of-order high performance custom cores supporting single and dual socket configurations. ThunderX2 is optimized to drive high computational performance delivering outstanding memory bandwidth and memory capacity. The new line of ThunderX2 processors includes multiple workload optimized SKUs for both scale up and scale out applications and is fully compliant with ARMv8-A architecture specifications as well as ARM’s SBSA and SBBR standards. It is also widely supported by industry leading OS, Hypervisor and SW tool and application vendors.

Inventec is well known for their robust and innovative designs and broad customer base in both Hyperscale and Enterprise server markets and are expanding their ThunderX server portfolio offering with the addition of Baymax platforms,” said Gopal Hegde, VP/GM, Datacenter Processor Group, Cavium, “They are a great addition to the growing list of ThunderX2-based platform manufacturers.”

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