Processors

Gain access to an ARM server running Linux OS, through the cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Adam Shah.

If you want to play with an ARM-based server, you can now apply to gain access to one online through the Linaro Developer Cloud. The cloud service was announced in March but has finally gone live. It's mainly targeted at developers who want to evaluate ARM servers.

The free service is one way to access ARM servers, which aren't widely available. Applications go through an approval process, and only those serious about programming for ARM servers will likely be approved...

Cavium Moves Into The Cloud With ThunderX Processors

Grazed from InvestorsBusiness Daily.  Author: 

Chip designer Cavium (NASDAQ:CAVM) is back above its 50-day moving average and appears to be working on the right side of a base.  If so, it would be a base-on-base pattern. The stock has been moving basically sideways since 2011. During that time, earnings growth slowed, but it has since revved up, thanks to new products and increased sales of chips used in new technologies.

Cavium designs systems-on-a-chip for the networking, telecom, storage, wireless, security and video markets. The company is best known for its core embedded chips and encrypting security processor chips. Its biggest customer, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), accounted for 19% of sales last year...

Cloud Computing: Fujitsu 56 Gbps circuit doubles communication speeds between CPUs

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Tim Hornyak.

Fujitsu has developed a circuit that could double data rates between CPUs in servers and supercomputers.  The receiver circuit can attain speeds of 56 Gbps, Fujitsu Laboratories said Friday, claiming the circuit was the fastest of its kind in the world.  The technology could greatly boost performance in servers, cloud computing and supercomputers, the company said. Research presented by Fujitsu Labs on Friday at the 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Hawaii detailed the innovation.

It uses decision feedback equalizer circuits to compensate for degradation in incoming data signals. By using an anticipatory "look ahead" architecture in the circuit to correct for degradation problems, Fujitsu Labs was able to increase the operating frequency of the circuit and double its speed...

Cloud Computing: AMD's Feldman Says ARM Will Quickly Gain Market Share in Servers

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Jeffrey Burt.

ARM will take significant market share from Intel in the server chip space over the next few years, and Advanced Micro Devices will be a key vendor benefiting from the shift, according to the head of AMD's server business. In an interview with eWEEK here, Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD's Server Business Unit, said the rapidly changing compute demands and decades of tech industry history are creating an environment that's ideal for ARM's strong ascent into the data center.

The rise of cloud computing, the rapid growth in the number of connected mobile devices hitting the Internet, and the demands of massive Web 2.0 companies like Google and Facebook are quickly changing the kinds of workloads that are running on servers, Feldman said. Data centers increasingly are supporting millions of users with servers running massive numbers of parallel workloads that need the type of small-core chips that ARM and its partners are manufacturing to power the bulk of the world's smartphones and tablets. And that trend will only continue, he said...