WOA Issue 72

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In this issue

  • ARM Powers Atos Supercomputer for CEA in France
  • Los Alamos, NNSA and Cray deploy Arm supercomputer
  • VMWare at the edge with ESXi on Raspberry Pi
  • Rock Pi 4 Raspberry Pi Compatible RK3399 Board to Sell for $39 and Up
  • Multi-architecture arm64-ready MySQL container images available
  • Marvell donates ThunderX2 to the openSUSE project
  • New Arm “Neoverse” brand (SemiAccurate)

ARM Powers Atos Supercomputer for CEA in France

BullSequana and Marvell have teamed up to put ThunderX2 arm64 processors into a new supercomputer for the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). Inside HPC reports:

The new model, which will be delivered at the end of 2018 in the Île-de-France CEA/DAM center, located at Bruyères-le-Châtel, includes a BullSequana rack with 92 BullSequana X1310 blades, three compute nodes per blade, dual Marvell ThunderX2 processors of 32 cores @ 2.2 GHz, based on the Armv8-A instruction set, with 256 GB per node and Infiniband EDR interconnect.

Atos will be at booth #2213 at SC18 in Dallas next week.

Los Alamos, NNSA and Cray deploy Arm supercomputer

Data Center Dynamics reports on a new Cray/Marvell supercomputer to support the National Nuclear Security Administration at Los Alamos.

The US Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory has installed a new Cray XC50, with Marvell ThunderX2 Arm processors. The high performance computing (HPC) system was funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, and will be used to run classified simulation code as part of the NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program.

NNSA had previously announced the Astra supercomputer, which is a larger system running on the same class of hardware.

VMWare at the edge with ESXi on Raspberry Pi

William Lam writes:

During the closing of the VMworld Europe Keynote on Tuesday, Ray O’Farrell (CTO of VMware) had one more “tiny” surprise for our CEO, Pat Gelsinger 😉 He handed him a tiny little device called the Raspberry Pi (rPI) which was running a prototype version of ESXi! This was completely unexpected even for VMware Employees, especially as we had just announced our ESXi on ARM initiative at VMworld US.

The ESXi on Raspberry Pi (or “ESXPi”) effort is not a product, but it shows two technology directions from VMware – reducing the memory footprint of ESXi to allow it to run on smaller devices, and running ESXi on Arm systems in general. Applications that have been imagined by the community in the below links focus on edge use cases for virtualization.

Rock Pi 4 Raspberry Pi Compatible RK3399 Board to Sell for $39 and Up

Tom Cubie of Radxa has announced the design of a new “Rock Pi 4” single board computer. The system is designed with the same form factor as the popular Raspberry Pi, allowing as far as possible sharing of peripherals from that project. It distinguishes itself with a 6-core RK3399 processor, fast Gigabit Ethernet, M.2 and eMMC storage, and up to 4 gigabytes of memory. Prices range upwards from $39. The device is not available for order as of this writing.

Multi-architecture arm64-ready MySQL container images available

The MySQL release team announced that as of version 8.0.13 the official Docekr images for MySQL are multi-architecture and ready for your arm64 system.

Images are built from identical Dockerfiles and we rely only on our existing yum support for multiple architectures. At build time the correct yum repo and architecture are determined and the according rpm package is installed.

Marvell donates ThunderX2 to the openSUSE project

From the OpenSUSE news release:

Marvell, which recently completed the acquisition of Cavium, offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions. Marvell donated a ThunderX2 system to the openSUSE Project. The Dual-System-on-Chip machine with 256GB RAM and 240GB SSD will extend the existing fleet of ARM build hardware. This 64-bit ThunderX2 system will bring an additional 40 ARMv8 (AArch64) concurrent build jobs to the openSUSE Open Build Service, which can now provide its users with faster AArch64 package and installation image builds.

New Arm “Neoverse” brand (SemiAccurate)

Charlie Demerjian from SemiAccurate has a thorough rundown of the new “Neoverse” branding from Arm for its infrastructure and server-class IP.

That said the three new reveals, Ares, Zeus, and Poseidon set the tone for where ARM wants to go in the server space. Each step on the yearly cadence of cores/platforms is said to offer a 30% performance boost from the prior generation. More importantly you can have the same core architecture from cloud to edge and things like VMs and workloads can migrate seamlessly between. In theory but that is always the caveat. This is where things like the ServerReady program pay off.

RT : CXL is important for our industry and is thrilled to help drive it. community.arm.com/developer/ip…

RT : The cases arrived from factory today; perfect fit, excellent finish and a smooth aluminum alloy injectio… https://t.co/urmT5TOrJe

RT : With this small change my k8s controller startup went from seconds to milliseconds :) github.com/kubernetes/kubernet…