Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC) today announced the
world’s first web server implementation running on a 64-bit ARM
v8-compliant processor. This demonstration of an open-source web server
application represents another critical milestone for X-Gene™,
AppliedMicro’s “Server-on-a-Chip” solution designed to power
next-generation cloud-computing data centers and reduce total cost of
ownership (TCO). It also represents the first 64-bit ARM development
vehicle for the ecosystem community that will aid in the acceleration of
server system development.
X-Gene world's first web server implementation running on a 64-bit ARM v8-compliant processor. (Photo: Business Wire)
Since first announcing X-Gene in October of 2011, AppliedMicro has
evolved the initial multi-core server-on-a-chip (SOC) implementation to
a full-scale server running real applications. This enables OEMs, ODMs,
Cloud Service Providers, Independent Software Vendors and other
development partners to conduct early stage performance benchmarking and
software development in parallel with silicon development.
The X-Gene platform features multi-core ARM v8-compliant 64-bit
processors and a high performance memory subsystem. It also offers a
cloud server I/O featuring an integrated Ethernet NIC, and other
communications interfaces for connecting external peripherals. Other
hardware highlights include:
Multi-core ARM v8 running SMP with L1, L2, and L3 Caches
System memory to host Linux and other server applications
Coherent fabric, SOC peripherals and associated bridges
The platform is capable of running a full LAMP software stack featuring
open-source Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP.
The X-Gene SOC solution addresses the fundamental data center problems
of performance, power and total cost of data center ownership. As the
number of users generating and accessing unstructured content on the Web
explodes globally, the need for power-efficient, high-throughput Web
servers capable of handling distributed workloads increases.