In this issue

  • Nvidia Jetson Xavier
  • Gigabyte announces ThunderX2 system at COMPUTEX
  • “This week in HPC” review of Cavium ThunderX2
  • OpenResty fork of Luajit2
  • Cavium Octeon TX
  • Snapdragon 850 chip for Windows 10 PCs
  • New 4.17 kernels with support from Armbian

Nvidia Jetson Xavier

The new Nvidia Jetson Xavier is designed to be an AI computer for autonomous machines. In a 30W package it packs a 512-core Volta GPU, an 8-core ARMv8.2 64-bit CPU, support for 16 cameras with video acceleration, and more. It’s a successor to the Jetson TX2 claiming 20x the performance and 10x the energy efficiency.

Gigabyte announces ThunderX2 system at COMPUTEX

GIGABTYE’s H261 series is a 2U platform with up to 4 dual-socket ThunderX2 compute nodes. Aimed at data center server applications, it features the ASPEED AST2500 with IPMI management and up to 12 3.5″ or 24 2.5″ hot-swappable drive bays for storage.

A quote from the news release from Surya Hotha of Cavium:

“ThunderX2, our second-generation 64-bit Armv8 processor family, is the industry’s most widely adopted Arm server processor. It integrates many custom Armv8-A cores, best-in-class memory bandwidth, memory capacity and rich I/O into a single server SoC,” said Surya Hotha, Director of Product Marketing, Data Center Processor Group at Cavium. “The new series of GIGABYTE’s 2U4N Density Optimized H261 platforms are ideal for next generation HPC and cloud computing workloads that demand outstanding performance and significant TCO benefits.”

The product was announced at COMPUTEX 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan.

“This week in HPC” review of Cavium ThunderX2

Addison Snell and Michael Feldman analyze product announcements from Cavium and Google. The ThunderX2 is the first Arm-based design for the HPC community, and the 14 minute long discussion includes discussion of the UK-based Isambard supercomputer. Snell and Feldman are with Intersect360 Research, a market intelligence, research, and consulting advisory practice focused on suppliers, users, and policymakers across the High Performance Computing ecosystem.

OpenResty fork of Luajit2

OpenResty’s fork of LuaJIT 2 is a supported branch under active development. LuaJIT is a just-in-time compiler for the Lua language. The fork is designed to support the needs of OpenResty, which integrates the standard Nginx core web services with high-performance modules written in Lua.

Cavium Octeon TX

Cavium has announced its Octeon TX series of chips, designed for customer premise installation in telecommunications networks. The news release calls out support for industry standard application programming interfaces (APIs) such as DPDK and ODP.

Snapdragon 850 chip for Windows 10 PCs

The new Snapdragon 850 chip from Qualcomm is designed as a highly capable system for use in laptops. The CPU runs at nearly 3 Ghz with 8 Kryo 385 cores, and the system design integrates a Snapdragon X20 LTE modem for always-on network system designs.

New 4.17 kernels with support from Armbian

The Armbian project continues its work to support the latest development releases for Arm-based single-board computers with its release of 4.17.y kernel based systems with Ubuntu Bionic (18.04) targeting the arm64-based Banana Pi, Beelink X2, Cubietruck, Cubox-i, Lepotato, Olinuxino, Nanopi, Odroid, Orange, Pine64, Rock64, and Tinkerboard systems.

The 4.17 kernel release happened June 3, 2018.