Calxeda, a leading developer of server-class application processors based on ARM architecture, has introduced its new system-on-chips as well as new fabric technology. The new EnergyCore ECX-2000 family SoCs are based on ARM Cortex-A15 and feature integrated Calxeda Fleet Fabric, 10Gb Ethernet, and standard I/O controllers.
The Calxeda architecture is ideal for I/O-intensive applications such as distributed storage, cloud-based gaming services, media streaming and throughput-oriented private clouds. The new SoC delivers up to twice the performance, four times the memory capacity, and three times the memory bandwidth than previous ARM servers. Calxeda, EnergyCore ECX-2000 family targets the fast-growing private cloud infrastructure market. The new SoC enables an integrated fabric of high-density servers and storage, and has been selected by HP for Moonshot solutions. The ECX-2000 uses four standard ARM Cortex A15 cores up to 1.8GHz and features integrated Calxeda Fleet Fabric, 10Gb Ethernet, as well as standard I/O controllers.
“The rate and pace of innovation we have seen in the mobile space, enabled by power-efficient ARM SoCs, is now taking place in the datacenter. The Calxeda Fleet Fabric enables our customers to create an extremely efficient computing infrastructure that improves management of large-scale clouds at lower cost, lower power and reduced carbon footprint. Coupled with the strength of our software and hardware partners, this is an unbeatable combination in an industry that is demanding better alternatives,” said Barry Evans, chief executive officer and co-founder of Calxeda.
The ECX-2000 enables the first production-class cloud infrastructure on ARM, and is the first ARM server to support KVM and Xen, the popular virtualization hypervisors. Canonical, the leader in scalable cloud computing system software, is officially certifying the ECX-2000 for Ubuntu 13.10, including the latest "Havana" OpenStack release.
“HP is working with Calxeda to deliver new infrastructure economics to our customers and we are excited about their new EnergyCore ECX-2000 processor. When delivered in an HP Moonshot solution, we believe it will offer users a new level of performance, requiring less energy and less space than traditional solutions do today,” said Paul Santeler, vice president and general manager of HP’s hyperscale business unit.
Calxeda expects volume shipments to system vendors before the end of the year, and has been sampling the ECX-2000 to partners and datacenters, including Dreamhost, an innovative cloud service and hosting company that hosts over 1.3 million Internet domains. In addition to HP, notable solution partners building servers and storage appliances using the new Calxeda SoC include Aaeon, Boston and Penguin Computing, with systems available beginning later this year.