In this issue

  • Upcoming talks: “Call to ARMs: Adopting an arm64 Server into x86 Infrastructure”
  • Kubernetes: Kontena Pharos
  • Containers: Installing Docker on arm64 (Containerstack)
  • Arm Servers: ThunderX2 at SC17 (Surya Hotha)
  • Arm Servers: Ampere joins Green Computing Consortium
  • Arm Desktops: Socionext Synquacer unboxing (Linaro Connect)
  • Arm Clusters: Picocluster build
  • Arm Clusters: Mininodes cluster of Compute Modules (David Tischler, Mininodes)
  • Arm Clusters: Cryptanalysis on an arm64 cluster
  • Operating Systems: SLES for industrial use
  • Events: Microsoft Build conference, Seattle, May 7-8 2018.
  • Networking: Building a router out of an espressobin

Upcoming talks

Usenix SRECon Asia

We are looking forward to the Usenix SREcon Asia presentation “Call to ARMs: Adopting an arm64 Server into x86 Infrastructure”. Ignat Korchagin (@secumod) of Cloudflare will describe “an overview of potential steps and pitfalls of adopting a second CPU architecture in your cloud”.

Usenix SREcon 18 Asia is in Singapore, June 6–8, 2018.

Kubernetes and Containers

Kontena Pharos

Kontena Pharos is a “simple, solid, certified Kubernetes distribution” for public cloud, private cloud, on-premises, bare metal or hybrid. It is open source under Apache 2 license and free for any purpose: personal or commercial. Commerical subscriptions are also available.

Pharos was released in April 2018 with full support at launch for arm64 systems, based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Installing Docker on arm64 (Containerstack)

Containerstack has a brief tutorial on installing Docker on 64-bit Arm servers. The tutorial is brief because Docker on arm64 is fully on par with other hardware when it comes to ease of installation.

Arm Servers

ThunderX2 talk by Surya Hotha (SC17)

Surya Hotha, Director, Product Marketing at Cavium, talks Innovative Alternate Architecture for Exascale Computing at the SC17 Supercomputing ARM HPC User Group event in Denver.

Ampere joins Green Computing Consortium

SHENZHEN, China, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ Ampere, which is developing the Arm® server platform for the future of hyperscale cloud computing, today announced it has joined the Green Computing Consortium (GCC). Ampere Chairman and CEO Renee James was named vice chair of the GCC and today unveiled her vision for the future of green computing and the need for greater industry cooperation for open standards at a keynote in Shenzhen.

Arm Desktops

Socionext Synquacer unboxing (Linaro Connect)

At Linaro Connect in Hong Kong, the 96Boards project recorded the unboxing and setup of a Socionext Synquacer server. This 24-core system is designed to be a developer desktop machine for aarch64 developers. The video is about nine minutes long.

Arm Clusters

Picocluster build

The Picocluster is a ready-to-build kit for putting together your own Kubernetes cluster. Chaim Krause (tinjaw) compares this prepackaged kit to a completely do-it-yourself approach and concludes that the design is money and time well spent.

Mininodes cluster of Compute Modules (David Tischler, Mininodes)

Arm’s Community Innovation blog interviews David Tischler of Mininodes about his new design for a cluster of compute modules designed for high density Arm desktop clusters.

The new miniNodes Cluster Board consists of 5 Raspberry Pi CoM slots to hold the Pi Compute Modules, with a gigabit Ethernet switch built right in, all conveniently laid out on a small PCB with a single power input and Ethernet port. This design will certainly save space and cabling mess but will also allow us to build automation into our sales and provisioning process.

Cryptanalysis on an arm64 cluster

In his paper “Energy-Efficient ARM64 Cluster with Cryptanalytic Applications: 80 Cores That Do Not Cost You an ARM and a Leg”, Dutch researcher Thom Wiggers from the Institute of Computing and Information Science, Radboud University, The Netherlands investigates cryptographic algorithms that work across a cluster of Arm single-board computers. These algorithms (source code provided) take advantage of the Arm SIMD instruction set to yield relatively power-efficient computing for this problem set. The paper was presented at Latincrypt 2017.

Operating Systems

SLES for industrial use

The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) targets a range of tasks, from enterprise-scale Arm servers to Internet of Things devices and the “shop floor computer”. The SLES for ARM 12 SP3 has the latest fixes and enhancements for industrial uses.

Microsoft Build conference, Seattle, May 7-8 2018.

The Microsoft Build developer conference will be held in Seattle on May 7-9, 2018. Presentations on the topic of 64-bit Arm builds for Windows 10 on Arm are anticipated.

Networking

Building a router out of an espressobin

Tyler Langlois builds an Internet router out of an ESPRESSObin $50 single-board computer, using Arch Linux for Arm, Shorewall, and dnsmasq to provide solid routing functionality. The build notes (complete with a custom 3-d printed case) also add Netflow monitoring and traffic shaping to provide a complete solution.

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