Today Gigabyte announced two exciting new server platforms based on ARM SoC’s from AppliedMicro and Annapurna Labs. The Gigabyte MP30-AR0 and R120-P30 are based on the AppliedMicro X-Gene 1 processor. The AppliedMicro X-Gene 1 server is a traditional form factor meant for low power server systems.
Gigabyte MP30-AR0 and R120-P30
Built around the AppliedMicro X-Gene’s ARMv8-A architecture, offering up to 128GB of highly accessible on-board memory, and featuring a dual 10GbE SFP+ LAN interface, the MP30-AR0 platform is intended for deployment as a general purpose server for memory-intensive workloads such as in-memory databases, storage, and content distribution networks.
AppliedMicro’s X-Gene processor, which became commercially available in 2014, is an ARM 64-bit Server on a Chip solution. Designed for cloud, enterprise-server and HPC applications, X-Gene’s distinguishing features include multiple high performance processors running at up to 2.4GHz along with robust, high-speed memory and I/O.
Here are quick specs on the MP30-AR0 platform:
- AppliedMicro X-Gene1 processor
- 8 x UDIMM ECC DDR3 DIMM slots
- 2 x 10GbE SFP+ LAN ports
- 2 x GbE LAN ports (Marvell 88E1512)
- 4 x SATA III 6Gb/s
- 1 x USB 2.0 header
- Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller
The motherboard forms the basis for the Gigabyte R120-P30 1U server. This server si a general compute 1U server and combines up to 128GB (64GB practically using 8GB UDIMMs) of RAM capacity and 10GbE SFP+ networking into a low power compute platform.
The Gigabyte R120-P30 appears to add a 1U 4x 3.5″ SATA III bay chassis with a 350w 80PLUS Bronze power supply which should be more than enough to power the system.
We should be getting these platforms to start testing in the next month or two so we do have exciting times for sure. For now, feel free to discuss in the STH forums.