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Inside Calxeda ARM [VIDEO]

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted July 1, 2013


In the modern server space, Intel's x86 has dominated for at least the last decade. It's an area where ARM-based servers could soon take a slice of that pie.

One of the leading ARM vendors in the server space is silicon startup Calxeda. Calxeda has its own unique system-on-chip (SoC) designs that enable high density scale-out of server architectures. Calxeda ARM

In an exclusive video interview with ServerWatch, Larry Wikelius, co-founder and VP of Software Engineering at Calxeda, details some of the challenges his company faces as it penetrates into the data centers of tomorrow.

"People are excited to have competition and a different approach to solving data center problems with a much more power-efficient solution," Wikelius said.

One of the ways that Calxeda is growing is by way of building credibility, particularly in the Linux community by showing that a Calxeda ARM system can run standard Linux.

The Calexda EnergyCore SoC was first announced back in 2011. Initially supported on the Linux side by only Ubuntu Linux, the EnergyCore SoC is now also supported by multiple Linux distributions, including Red Hat's Fedora community distribution.

The Calxeda ARM architecture is also set to be one of the chips used in HP's Moonshot servers as well as Dell's Zinc servers.

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"The key strategy for us with ARM is to use the ARM standard core," Wikelius said. "So we consume the core from ARM as is and then we invest in things around the core."

Those investments include Calxeda's fabric interconnect, integrated management and optimizations for application sets.

Moving forward the key challenge for Calxeda is as much about scaling the company as it is about scaling its core technologies.

Watch the full video interview including a walkthough of the Calxeda ARM architecture with Larry Wikelius below:


Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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