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Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Hardware News |

NVIDIA: current ARM SoCs not cover the requirements of the servers

NVIDIA: current ARM SoCs not cover the requirements of the servers

Currently the market for micro-servers (formerly known as low-power servers) is dominated by the architectures based on the Cortex-A9, Cortex-A15 and Atlas (ARMv8 to 64 bits) of ARM, which are present in SoCs as X-Gene from Applied Micro (Atlas), EnergyCore of Calxeda (Cortex-A9), Marvell ARMADA, among others.

Companies like Calxeda (servers Viridis ), Codethink (servers Baserock ), Dell (servers Cooper and Zinc ) HP (servers Moonshot ), among others have announced products based on the SoC of many major companies, including absent .

Given the above, Sumit Gupta, general manager of Nvidia Tesla division, thinks the performance offered by the SoC yet meets the demands of today’s servers, although the new ARM64 (ARMv8) is on track to achieve this. Eventually get similar performance ARM to x86, maybe in the next two years, dates on which the ARM SoC will be good enough for servers and computing, but still miss more time to be sufficiently good for GPU-accelerated computing.

Nvidia says it is pleased with the interest and acceptance that has ARM in the market, as well as its developer kit: CARMA . They hope that in the future, the development of ARM CPU will allow the CPU without Xeon x86 (Intel) and Opteron (AMD).

Maybe because of that Nvidia has not yet planned an ARM SoC for servers until 2014 or 2015, dates on which it is estimated will make their appearance on SoC Denver and CPU Boulder , both architecture-based products ARMv8.

Link: Nvidia says ARM high performance servers are a few years off (The Inquirer)

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