Qualcomm Displays 24-core ARM-based Server SoC
Qualcomm has just unveiled its Server Development Platform (or SDP), a system based on a new 24-core ARMv8-A SoC. The SDP is aimed at the likes of hyper-scale data center customers, as well as many service providers and large enterprises.
“The release of our evaluation system is a major milestone for Qualcomm Technologies,” says Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “As data centers evolve to support the exponential growth and innovation in data, connectivity and cloud services, Qualcomm Technologies is creating an ecosystem to meet the needs of these next-generation data centers with Qualcomm-based server technologies.”
The latest chip inside the SDP is built on a FinFET process and includes server-class PCIe and storage interconnects. Qualcomm says the commercial versions of the SDP SoC will use a fully-custom core, and will be perfectly suitable for a variety of purposes, including Infrastructure as-a Service, Platform as-a Service, big data, and even machine-learning.
The company tested the SDP with the entire software stack including the Linux kernel version 4.2 along with KVM virtualization, OpenStack DevStack for OpenStack cloud orchestration, and guest Linux distribution running Apache web server and WordPress.
Qualcomm hasn’t named this impressive 24-core prototype chip as of yet. The chip maker says the processor is currently being tested by “tier one”datacenters, but it won’t reveal when it will hit the market.