New server designed specifically for bare-metal Linux-based development
Manchester, 20 August 2012 - Codethink, a provider of software engineering services for mobile and embedded devices, announces its first generation high-performance power-efficient ARM server, the Baserock™ Slab.
Each Baserock Slab server features eight energy-efficient quad-core ARM® processors with high speed network fabric and local storage, with support for both mSATA and SATA drives, all in a half-depth 1U chassis. Baserock Slabs can be racked back-to-back to provide a processor density of 64 cores per U, up to 2432 cores in a full height rack with power distribution and switchgear. While the Baserock Slab was designed for building ARM-based embedded systems, they also serve as energy efficient and highly concentrated cloud or appliance servers.
Codethink's engineers have many years experience designing and developing embedded ARM systems. "Like many ARM-based system developers, we understand the benefits of developing natively on ARM systems for ARM," says Paul Sherwood, CEO of Codethink. "The Baserock Slab, developed with Cogent Computer Systems, Inc. is designed to maximise parallel horsepower - with high density, fast processors, fast switching and fast local storage."
The Baserock Slab server delivers great performance because of the Marvell® ARMADA® XP, the world's first quad-core ARM processor designed for enterprise-class cloud computing applications, that drives higher CPU utilisation and offers demand-based scaling. The eight System on Modules (SoMs), designed and manufactured by Cogent, are linked together via a Marvell SDN-ready (software defined networking) high speed Ethernet switch.
"Codethink and Cogent have collaborated to deliver a great multi-processor server integrated by a high performance and intelligent network fabric for SMP ARMv7-A clustered cloud servers," said Ted Weatherford, Sr. Director & Product Line Manager, Cloud Services and Infrastructure (CSI) Business Unit at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
"Codethink brought great insight gained from years of experience with embedded ARM systems," said Michael Kelly, Cogent Computer Systems VP Engineering/Marketing. "We co-designed a very flexible machine with our field-replaceable SoMs." The carrier boards take advantage of the extensive engineering already in the Cogent-manufactured SoMs.
Paul Sherwood added "The Baserock Slab can be field upgraded to newer, faster processors as they come along, thanks to Cogent's MXM-based SoM connector standard."
Baserock Slab ARM-based servers will ship in the coming weeks.
Notes to Editors:
8 Quad-core ARMv7-A compatible CPU with 2MByte L2 cache for efficient, distributed computing
On-board high speed network switch with up to 5Gbit/s to each CPU, and 2x10Gbit/s of shared external Ethernet for data centre clustering
Each computation node has its own mini solid-state hard drive (mSATA) port for dedicated, low-latency access to resources required by the node rather than network-attached
On-board management module provisions and manages compute modules and configures on-board network
Founded in 2007, Codethink provides software development and consultancy services. It is staffed with some of the best engineers from the embedded and Linux open source communities. With headquarters in Manchester, UK, team members work on projects in many of the mobile and embedded device global hotspots, including Asia, northern Europe and North America. Codethink engineers have brought great benefits to Linux system development through innovation. They have identified time and cost saving opportunities through capturing best practices and streamlining Linux system workflow.
Customers range from innovative start-ups to household names. Codethink's engineers help clients develop their technical applications and achieve system software goals - where complexity, technology constraints or project deadlines drive a need for exceptional software engineering.
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