There's already been a huge amount of press about ARM's 64-bit efforts and how they are late to market and unlikely to gather any significant market share. It came as a result of the HP Moonshot announcements. The discussion is over. Apparently you slept through it and so did ARM. Intel's stock rose a buck twenty primarily on this news. What else do you need to know?
8 2.4 GHz ARM cores
4 ARM Cortex A5 cores running the SDN controller software
4 10-gigabit ethernet ports
Various other ports that can support more Ethernet, SSDs, accelerator cards
It’s the first chip to contain a software-defined network (SDN) controller on the die. That is a pretty big game changer for a chip that will offer network services, such as load balancing, and ensuring service-level agreements. All of these specs I have described really play well into the needs of Big Data. And here is the kicker: Applied Micro molded this at real world cloud workloads. Power savings will be on the order of 50 percent. Major summed it up as, “High level performance and reliability at a cost savings.”
Apparently there are some notable fans of this announcement too. Chief Technology Officer Amr Awadallah, Ph.D., Cloudera is really excited about it. Bigger, faster, better has now become smaller, faster, better. Marketing departments everywhere, take notice. Server-side innovation is a first step in software-defined data centers.
SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 9, 2013) - Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, also known as AppliedMicro, today announced its X-Gene™ ARM 64-bit Server on a Chip™ product as part of the HP Moonshot System and the HP Pathfinder Innovation Ecosystem. X-Gene's mix of high performance and low total cost of ownership (TCO) gives shape to HP's efforts to develop innovative, energy-efficient server technology optimized to address new enterprise and cloud workloads.
Already sampling to HP, X-Gene is the world's first ARM 64-bit Server on a Chip platform, featuring eight high-performance cores operating at up to 2.4GHz, coupled with network and storage offload engines and integrated Ethernet. X-Gene represents a completely new, grounds-up server architecture tailored for the explosive growth of structured and unstructured compute requirements in next generation data centers.
I'd like to hear what unbiased posters think of this information about X-gene and it's availaibility this year. I'm not interested in hearing the opinion of a guy that's drunk on Intel kooliad (Wallisweaver).