Green Computing Makes a Giant Leap Forward …thanks to the iPhone?…and ARM processors!

Written by Shawn Kaplan, General Manager – Financial Services, TELX

Shawn Kaplan, TELX General Manager Financial Services

Shawn Kaplan

Advances in multi-core computing have allowed far greater compute densities such that nearly all datacenter racks run out of available power far sooner than physical space.  Traditional High Performance Computing (HPC) X86 clusters can consume upwards of 400W per rack unit (U), this means that a typical data center rack with a 5KW – 8KW circuit can be maxed out in as little as 1/4 or 1/2 of the available space.  Many of today’s forward thinking IT leaders are asking “Why can’t I have both extremely dense computing and better power efficiency?”

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What’s a nice core like ARM® doing in a place like this?

IEEE held their annual fest for uber-techies at SuperComputing ’12 this week in Salt Lake City.  With over 8000 attendees flocking to the snowy site in spite of the economy and impending fiscal cliff, this event has become a mecca for anyone seeking the next great technology in computing hardware for serious work.  In the old days, it was all about (Tera)Flops and Fortran.  These days it is about Big Data, hardware acceleration, interconnect fabrics, storage, and green computing.  Wandering around in the massive exhibit hall, one could see name badges from companies like eBay,  Amazon, Peer One Hosting, and Dreamworks, right alongside the traditional attendees from leading universities, National Labs, and the Departments of Defense and Energy.

So, what’s a little core like ARM doing in a place like this? Its all about the data. “Data Intensive Computing” in HPC is pronounced “Big Data” in the enterprise.   And the two communities have another thing in common: both are seeking more energy efficient solutions to large computations challenges. So naturally, they are turning to ARM with great hopes for the future.

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Dell & Apache: More than just a donation

Today’s Dell announcement of their donation to the Apache Software Foundation is a huge milestone not only for Calxeda but the entire ARM server ecosystem. Supporting and engaging the open-source community has always been a high priority for the Round Rock based company, evidenced by their contributions and leadership in multiple open-source projects like OpenStack and other Apache projects. But this particular announcement is more than just a generous donation to a non-profit foundation.

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Open Source Software Packages for Initial Calxeda Shipments

We are often asked what open-source software packages are available for initial shipments of Calxeda-based servers.

Here’s the current list (changing frequently).  Let us know what else you need!

Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS and Fedora v17+

Compilers/Languages

  • GCC/gFortran 4.6.2
  • PHP 5.3.8
  • Perl 5.14.2
  • Python 2.7.2, 3.2.2
  • Ruby 1.8.7, 1.9.3
  • Erlang r14

Debuggers/Profilers

  • GDB 7.4
  • GProf 2.13
  • OProfile 0.9.6

Java

  • Oracle JVM SEv7u4
  • OpenJDK 6b24

Applications

  • Apache 2.2.21
  • Tomcat 6.0.32
  • MySQL 5.5.17
  • PostgreSQL 9.1
  • Apache Cassandra 1.07+
  • Apache Hadoop 1.0.0+
  • Memcached v1.4.13+

HPC Related Packages

MPI

  • MPICH 1.2.7
  • OpenMPI 1.4.3
  • MPICH2 1.4.1
  • Open-MX 3.5

Checkpoint

  • DMTCP 1.2.1
  • Condor 7.2.4

Libraries

  • BLAS 1.2
  • FFTW 2.1.5
  • ScaLAPACK 1.8.0

Monitoring

  • Ganglia 3.1.7

 

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