Monday, 7 May 2018

ThunderX2® Dual Socket Platform Adds Support for Oracle Linux

Cavium™ and Oracle collaborate on Oracle Linux preview for Arm®v8.1 architecture

SAN JOSE, CA, May 7, 2018 – Cavium, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, wired and wireless networking, today announced ThunderX2 platform support for Oracle Linux. Cavium and Oracle have collaborated on the development program, which includes contributions to the open source community. The initial Oracle Linux 7 developer preview release extends the thriving software ecosystem for Cavium’s ThunderX2 product family. A live demonstration of the Oracle Linux 7 preview with MySQL running on a dual ThunderX2 platform was shown at OCP US Summit 2018 in March 2018.
The ThunderX2 product family is Cavium's second generation 64-bit Arm®v8-A server processor SoC for data center, cloud and high-performance computing applications. The family integrates fully out-of-order high-performance custom cores supporting single and dual socket configurations. ThunderX2 is optimized to drive high computational performance delivering outstanding memory bandwidth and memory capacity. The new line of ThunderX2 processors includes multiple workload optimized SKUs for both scale up and scale out applications and is fully compliant with Armv8-A architecture specifications as well as Arm's SBSA and SBBR standards. It is also widely supported by industry-leading operating system, hypervisor and software tool and application vendors.
Oracle Linux 7 is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.Oracle Linux 7 is available as a developer preview release for Cavium’s ThunderX2 platform and is packaged as an ISO image that can be used for standard installation.Software downloads, supporting documentation and additional product information are available from the Oracle website.
To support this engineering collaboration, Cavium has directly delivered key open source software contributions that are particularly targeted for compute-specific applications, such as optimizations for GCC and LLVM, as well as critical kernel support into kernel.org for enablement of ThunderX2.Many third-party commercial software partners are developing and optimizing their applications for ThunderX2 to include development tools and environments, storage and segment specific applications.  Cavium continues to contribute reference systems for build, test, optimization and validation activities.
“Oracle and Cavium continue to make good progress supporting the Armv8-A architecture with Oracle Linux,” said Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle.
“Teaming with Oracle has provided a tremendous opportunity to further expand our software ecosystem,” said Gopal Hegde, Vice President & General Manager of the Data Center Processor Group, Cavium. “This collaboration can help accelerate the development and deployment of critical applications to mainstream data center and cloud end users with a range of configuration and performance requirements that Oracle Linux and ThunderX2 are uniquely designed to address.”
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About Cavium
Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM) offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity, and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware-reference designs, and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China, and Taiwan. For more information about the Company, please visit: http://www.cavium.com/.
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Cavium Announces ThunderX2® General Availability

Significantly expands market opportunity for 64-bit Arm®-based servers by delivering highly competitive high-end server processors addressing the most demanding application and workload requirements
SAN FRANCISCO, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Cavium™, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud wired and wireless networking today announced the General Availability (GA) of ThunderX2, Cavium's second generation of Arm®v8-A SoC processors for next generation data center, cloud and high-performance compute applications.

"ThunderX2 combines our second generation Armv8-A custom core that delivers core and socket level performance comparable to highest end incumbent server CPUs, with best-in-class memory bandwidth, memory capacity and rich IO configurations to provide a highly differentiated offering for the server market, greatly expanding our serviceable server TAM," said Gopal Hegde, Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Processor Group, Cavium. "We have been working with over 60 different partners including OEMs, ODMs, and independent software and hardware vendors to enable the seamless deployment of ThunderX2 based platforms, and we are pleased to announce general availability of ThunderX2."

ThunderX2 SoC Family Technical Specifications:

The ThunderX2 processor family is a single chip system on a chip (SoC). Key ThunderX2 features include:
  • Single chip system on a chip (SoC) server CPU
  • Core and socket level performance comparable to highest end Xeon Skylake Platinum CPUs
  • Second generation of full custom Cavium Arm core
    • Quad Issue, Fully Out of Order
    • Full SMT support – 1, 2, 4 threads per core
    • Up to 2.5 GHz in normal mode, up to 3 GHz in Turbo mode
    • 3X single thread performance compared to ThunderX®
  • Up to 32 cores per socket delivering > 2.5-3X socket level performance compared to ThunderX
  • Cache:
    • 32 KB L1 instruction and data cache, 256KB L2 per core
    • 32 MB distributed L3 cache
  • Advanced server class RAS features covering memory, CPU, cache, CCPI2 and PCIe interfaces
  • Advanced power management
    • On-chip management engine for dynamic voltage and frequency scaling across the chip
    • Full Turbo mode support
  • Single and dual socket configuration support using 2nd generation of Cavium Coherent Interconnect with > 2.5X coherent bandwidth compared to ThunderX
  • System Memory
    • 8 DDR4 memory controllers per socket
    • Dual DIMM per memory controller, for a total of 16 DIMMs per socket
    • Up to 4 TB of memory in dual socket configuration
    • 33% higher memory bandwidth and memory capacity compared to Xeon Skylake Platinum CPUs
  • Flexible IO:
    • Integrated 56 lanes of PCIe Gen3 interfaces, x1, x4, x8 and x16 support, 14 integrated PCIe controllers
    • Integrated SATAv3, GPIOs, USB interfaces
    • 16% higher IO bandwidth compared to Xeon Skylake Platinum CPUs
The ThunderX2 family includes over 40 different SKUs for both scale up and scale out applications, ranging from top bin 32 core 2.5GHz parts to 16-core 1.6GHz parts, mapping directly across Intel's Xeon Skylake server CPUs from highest end Platinum to low end SKUs. With list prices for volume SKUs (32 core 2.2GHz and below) ranging from $1795 to $800, the ThunderX2 family offers 2-4X better performance per dollar compared to Xeon Skylake family of processors.  The ThunderX2 family is fully compliant with Armv8-A architecture specifications as well as the Arm Server Base System Architecture and Arm Server Base Boot Requirements standards. The ThunderX2 SoC family is supported by a comprehensive software ecosystem, ranging from platform level systems management and firmware to commercial Operating Systems, Development Environments and Applications. Cavium has actively engaged in server industry standards groups such as UEFI and delivered numerous reference platforms to a broad array of community and corporate partners.  Cavium has also demonstrated its leadership role in the Open Source software community driving upstream kernel enablement and toolchain optimization, actively contributing to Linaro's Enterprise and Networking Groups, investing in key Linux Foundation projects such as DPDK, OpenHPC, OPNFV and Xen and sponsoring the FreeBSD Foundation's Armv8 server implementation.

Supporting Quotes from System Partners

"Since the first Mont-Blanc project, our vision has been that Arm based CPUs would be a good alternative for high end servers and HPC in particular," said Eric Eppe, Global Head of Solution Marketing & Portfolio – HPC & Quantum at Atos. "The HPC community was waiting for it, BullSequana X1000 and ThunderX2's augmented memory bandwidth are offering the best-in-class TCO for customers using memory-bound applications."

"We've been working on ThunderX2 since its inception, it is now ready for prime time and we are really excited by this great step towards delivering Arm-based HPC platforms to our customers," said Agnès Boudot – VP HPC & Quantum at Atos. "We have a long term strategic engagement with Arm and Cavium, which will lead the way to our Exascale Program."

"Cray works closely with our customers to understand their workload requirements in order to deliver the highest-performance, most scalable systems on the planet," said Fred Kohout, senior vice president of products and chief marketing officer at Cray. "And that's why Cray is the only system partner that has developed an enhanced programming environment and compilers specifically for the Cavium ThunderX2 Arm processor."

"We are impressed with the customer response to our early deployments of HPE Apollo 70 Servers utilizing Cavium's ThunderX2 Arm processors," said Bill Mannel, Vice President and General Manager of High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).  "Integrating ThunderX2 into the HPE Apollo 70 Servers is another example of HPE's leadership in driving innovation and superior technical solutions into the HPC server market. The ThunderX2 processor provides excellent compute and memory performance that is critical for our HPE Apollo 70 customers and the applications they depend on."

Supporting Quotes from End Users

Dr. Leendert van Doorn, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corp said, "We congratulate Cavium on bringing a two-socket, highly competitive Arm server to the market that can address demanding workloads. We have contributed the design of the ThunderX2 motherboard for Microsoft's Project Olympus specification to the Open Compute Project and we look forward to further optimizing our internal cloud services workloads for ThunderX2."

"Sandia has been actively testing a range of key codes and applications on ThunderX2 as part of our ASC Advanced Architecture Testbed project," said Jim Laros, Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. "Sandia's experience with ThunderX2 to date has significantly accelerated our ability to expand our compute environment to support the Armv8 based system architecture along with optimized software solutions that are key to our research and development community."

"We are running a set of widely used HPC science codes on prototype ThunderX2 platforms, and we are seeing impressive performance out of the box, competitive with high end, latest generation server CPUs," said Prof. Simon McIntosh-Smith, Leader of the GW4 Isambard project and Professor of High Performance Computing at the University of Bristol. "We are looking forward to deploying our production scientific workloads on ThunderX2 based production platforms."

Availability
ThunderX2 processors with full design collaterals and reference platforms are available. Multiple ODM and OEM platforms are also available. Contact your local Cavium sales representatives for further information and order placement.

For more information on ThunderX2, please visit: http://cavium.com/ThunderX2_Arm_Processors.html
About Cavium
Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium's highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware-reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan.

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Email: angel.atondo@cavium.com

Monday, 30 April 2018

Cavium Announces Availability of Driver to Support NVMe Over Fibre Channel

Cavium NVMe™ over Fibre Channel Driver Is now available for servers running Enterprise Linux from SUSE® and Red Hat®
SAN JOSE, CA – April 30, 2018 – Cavium™, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM) a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, today announced the availability of a unified driver that enables native support for FC-NVMe protocol for servers running enterprise Linux from Red Hat and SUSE.
This unified driver delivers simultaneous support for FCP-SCSI and FC-NVMe protocols on the same port for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 kernel version 4.4.120 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5. Cavium is actively engaged with major OSVs to enable native FC-NVMe support on other platforms, as well.
Cavium chairs the INCITS T11 standards committee on FC-NVMe that has been driving the definition and development of the FC-NVMe protocol over the past three years, and is at the forefront of support for NVMe over Fibre Channel.
The new unified driver works with both the Cavium QLogic® 2690 Family of Gen5 (16GFC) Fibre Channel Adapters, as well as, the Cavium QLogic 2700 Family of Gen6 (32GFC) Fibre Channel Adapters for the most flexible deployment.
Cavium’s unified driver with native FC-NVMe support enables flash storage to further accelerate mission critical workloads, such as ERP, business intelligence and messaging and collaboration systems by:
  • Lowering read access times to networked storage
  • Reducing processing time with a streamlined and simplified protocol interface compared to SCSI
  • Increasing scalability and improving response times with a highly parallelized architecture and extremely deep queuing structures  
   “Cavium has long been at the forefront of storage innovation, and we’re excited to be working with our partners to bring FC-NVMe technology to market.  FC-NVMe represents a natural progression for SAN connectivity, and provides value by delivering performance gains that leverage existing infrastructure.  FC-NVMe couples extremely scalable, low latency flash storage with the most reliable, secure and widely deployed storage network in the data center allowing customers to continue to scale their infrastructure to meet future business needs”, said Vikram Karvat, vice president and general manager, Fibre Channel Storage Group, Cavium.
"Broadcom is modernizing Fibre Channel for the next wave of technology innovation coming with NVMe storage,” said Jack Rondoni, senior vice president and general manager, Brocade Storage Networking division at Broadcom. “Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel directors and switches are at the heart of the transition to NVMe with purpose-built SAN technology designed to address the low latency and reliability requirements for NVMe-based storage. Brocade and Cavium QLogic have a long history of development, integration, and testing that ensures our shared customers can deploy NVMe solutions with confidence.”
"Cavium QLogic worked closely with SUSE in the development of NVMe over Fibre Channel drivers on SUSE Enterprise Linux Server," said Olaf Kirch, VP SUSE Linux Enterprise. "FC-NVMe is an exciting development for the storage industry, offering improved storage solutions to meet tomorrow's challenges. Cavium and SUSE are committed to serving our customers' needs for superior Fibre Channel storage solutions."
More information about More information about the unified driver software is available at www.cavium.com/fc-nvme.html

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About Cavium
Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan. For more information about the Company, please visit www.cavium.com.

Media Contact:
Angel Atondo
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager
Telephone: +1 408-943-7417
Email: angel.atondo@cavium.com


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Cavium’s LiquidSecurity® HSM Enables Hybrid Cloud Users to Synchronize Keys Between AWS CloudHSM and Private Clouds

Scale Applications and Backup Keys Between AWS CloudHSM & Private Cloud
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 17, 2018 – Cavium™, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, wired and wireless networking, today announced that its LiquidSecurity 140-2 Level 3 FIPS certified appliance enables seamless key backup and application scaling with AWS CloudHSM FIPS 140-2 Level 3 service. Customers can deploy LiquidSecurity HSMs on-premises or in a private data center, create a backup from a managed HSM instance in the cloud, and restore the backup to their on-premises HSM. While the cloud vendor can take backups of customer HSMs, enterprises with escrow needs will benefit from the ability to securely transfer and retain access to their keys within a FIPS boundary. Customers can also utilize this feature to scale in a hybrid cloud environment.

Cavum’s LiquidSecurity HSM family provides high-performance FIPS 140-2 level 3 HSMs that are run-time partitioned for elastic use on the cloud. It addresses high performance, key management and administration requirements for symmetric and asymmetric keys. It also addresses elastic performance per virtual/network domain for cloud environments, allowing enterprises to migrate on-premises workloads subject to compliance regulations or with stringent security requirements to the cloud. Examples include SaaS applications, e-commerce payment systems and Enterprise, Banking and Government security applications. SaaS applications which rely on this product family include Key Management as-a-Service, Database as-a-Service, Crypto as-a-Service, Secure DNS, Virtual Private Clouds, and payment systems.

Market Dynamics for Cloud Transaction Security
Cavium has observed two major trends driving the requirements for FIPS-based transaction security in cloud data centers. First, e-commerce, healthcare and government applications, which traditionally used FIPS-level security in private data centers, are migrating to a virtualized/SDN-capable, multi-domain cloud infrastructure. They need a secure and elastic FIPS solution as they migrate to the cloud.

Second, enterprise applications that have utilized private keys -- but did not require FIPS-based security because they were deployed in private data centers -- are migrating to the cloud as well. They now require FIPS-level security for the private keys with high key operation performance in a cloud environment. Hardware security modules are used as the root of trust for these sensitive workloads. To date, end users have been challenged to find an HSM that meets both security requirements such as FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation, as well as usability requirements such as elasticity and high transactions per second.

Most enterprises can now utilize fully-managed HSMs on the cloud to meet these objectives with lower cost and reduced latency. Some of these end-users also require the additional comfort and reliability of on-premises backups. In addition to disaster recovery, this also ensures enterprises have flexibility in moving between different IaaS providers. The LiquidSecurity solution, by cloning on-premises HSMs to AWS CloudHSM including users and keys, allows enterprises to do just that.

Cavium caters to the changing needs of its enterprise customers, who require secure and authenticated deployments on the cloud, through its high performance FIPS 140-2 validated solution with storage for large number of keys, flexible support for large number of domains, ease of management and migration, and high bandwidth connectivity with SDN features.

“Cavium’s LiquidSecurity HSM family was designed from the ground up for the cloud and is a proven solution to address the performance, cost, multi-domain and feature requirements of this market. We are excited to extend this product family to provide local backup and dynamic restore capability for customers,” said Rajneesh Gaur, Vice President and General Manager at Cavium.

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About Cavium
Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium provides solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware reference-designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan. For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Cavium web site at http://www.cavium.com.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Cavium Collaborates with Microsoft to Demonstrate ThunderX2 Platform Compliant with Microsoft’s Project Olympus Specifications


Open Compute Project expands platform availability with Cavium’s ThunderX2® ArmV8.1 workload optimized data center server processors

SAN JOSE, CA, March 20, 2018 – Cavium™, Inc., (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, wired and wireless networking, today announced a major milestone in its collaboration with Microsoft in the Open Compute Community with ThunderX2 Arm®-based servers demonstrating the Project Olympus Platform.
A live demonstration that includes web applications hosted by a Windows IIS webserver running natively on ThunderX2 based on Microsoft’s Project Olympus platform will be shown at the Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit 2018 in San Jose, CA, at the Cavium booth A37 from March 20th – 21st.  The annual Summit brings together more than 3,000 key decision makers, executives, engineers, developers and suppliers. Together, they help grow, drive and support the open hardware ecosystem in, near and around the data center and beyond.
The ThunderX2 product family is Cavium's second generation 64-bit Armv8-A server processor SoC for data center, cloud and high-performance computing applications. The family integrates fully out-of-order high-performance custom cores supporting single and dual socket configurations. ThunderX2 is optimized to drive high computational performance delivering outstanding memory bandwidth and memory capacity. The new line of ThunderX2 processors includes multiple workload optimized SKUs for both scale up and scale out applications and is fully compliant with Armv8-A architecture specifications as well as Arm's SBSA and SBBR standards. It is also widely supported by industry-leading operating system, hypervisor and software tool and application vendors.
Cavium and Microsoft originally announced their collaboration at the OCP U.S. Summit in March 2017, where the two companies demonstrated cloud service workloads developed for Microsoft’s internal use running on ThunderX2-based server platform.  This was followed in November 2017 with the additional announcement of the companies releasing the detailed specification of ThunderX2 server motherboard for Microsoft’s Project Olympus including block diagram, management sub-system, power management, FPGA card support, IO connectors, and physical specifications.
“Today’s demonstration is another key milestone in the collaboration between Microsoft and Cavium to drive Armv8-based workload enablement and optimization in Microsoft’s Project Olympus,” said Dr. Leendert van Doorn, Distinguished Engineer, Azure, Microsoft Corp. “Our collective commitment to the OCP community along with exciting platform innovation is the type of leadership our customers and partners have come to expect.  Working with Cavium to bring ThunderX2 to Project Olympus continues to demonstrate this leadership.”
“We are very excited to expand our collaboration with Microsoft to demonstrate the first dual socket 64-bit Armv8-A OCP platform  with ThunderX2,” said Gopal Hegde, Vice President & General Manager of the Data Center Processor Group, Cavium. “ThunderX2 continues to demonstrate the features and performance required by the most compute and IO intensive applications in the data center.” 
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Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM) offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity, and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware-reference designs, and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China, and Taiwan. For more information about the Company, please visit: http://www.cavium.com/

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Cavium, Inc.
Telephone: +1 408-943-7417
Email: angel.atondo@cavium.com


GIGABYTE Announces ThunderXStation: Industry’s first Armv8 Workstation based on Cavium’s ThunderX2 Processor


Platform to expand software developer environment and accelerate application optimization
SAN JOSE, CA, March 20, 2018 – GIGABYTE Technology, an industry leader in high-performance servers, graphics and gaming platforms with a broad portfolio of workstation products, and Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, today announced the availability of ThunderXStation™: the industry’s first 64-bit Armv8 workstation platform based on Cavium’s flagship ThunderX2® processor.
Workstations are standalone platforms with high performance CPUs, lots of memory and excellent graphics capabilities, widely used for advanced software development. ThunderXStation integrates dual socket ThunderX2 motherboard in a 4U tower suitable for office environments. Arm has a very strong ecosystem with millions of developers and is the processor of choice for a variety of verticals such as mobile, embedded and IoT. Arm software developers currently utilize binary translators and cross compilers resulting in increased development and debug cycles. By delivering native performance and eliminating the need for cross compilers, ThunderXStation simplifies software development for Arm and significantly improves time to solution delivery.  
Developers need their workstations to include comprehensive software development environment including latest compilers, tool chains, libraries and middleware. For gaming application development, excellent graphics capabilities are required. In addition, developers also need the ability to quickly test and debug their code. 
ThunderXStation offers unprecedented performance and flexibility for Arm software development for Android, gaming, embedded and NFV applications. Each system comes preinstalled with comprehensive software development environment, enabling developers to rapidly develop, debug and release applications for Arm processors. Key preinstalled software development tools include gcc 7.2, LLVM, gdb, Golang, OpenJDK 9.0, HHVM, Python, PHP, Ruby etc. The CentOS 7.4 environment on ThunderXStation includes support for KVM and Docker, enabling developers to quickly test their applications in either hypervisor based or containerized environments. Open source graphics drivers included with the OS, enable development and testing of gaming applications quick and painless. 
ThunderXStation Specifications:
  • Form Factor: 4U Tower 
  • CPU: Single or Dual socket ThunderX2 ARM64 Processors
  • Memory: Up to 16 DDR4 Channels 
  • PCIe: 6 x PCIe 3.0 Slots and 2 x OCP x16 slots
  • Network: 2 x 1/10 GbE QLogic NIC
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce® GT710 with dual monitor support
  • BMC: ASPEED AST2500 with IPMI management SW
  • Storage: 4 x NVMe + 2 x 2.5” U.2/SATA III combo bay
  • PSU: 1600W Platinum PSU (1+1)
  • Firmware: AMI Aptio V® UEFI and AMI MegaRAC BMC
  • OS/Tools: CentOS 7.4 with gcc/LLVM/gdb tool chain, OpenJDK 9.0

ThunderX2 product family is Cavium's second-generation, 64-bit Armv8-A server processor SoCs for data center, cloud and high-performance computing applications. The family integrates fully out-of-order, high-performance custom cores supporting single- and dual-socket configurations. ThunderX2 is optimized to drive high computational performance, delivering outstanding memory bandwidth and memory capacity. ThunderX2 family includes multiple SKUs for both scale up and scale out applications and is fully compliant with Armv8-A architecture specifications, as well as Arm's SBSA and SBBR standards.
“GIGABYTE has partnered with Cavium to deliver a broad range of server platforms optimized for cloud and HPC workloads based on ThunderX2 family of processors,” said Andy Chen, Assistant Vice President at GIGABYTE Technology. “With Arm servers moving mainstream, we saw significant customer demand for Arm workstations. ThunderXStation with its outstanding compute performance and excellent memory bandwidth coupled with graphics capabilities is designed to meet this demand. Our entire portfolio of ThunderX2 based systems are now available for order and we are seeing a strong demand for these platforms."
“Cavium is disrupting the server industry with our second-generation 64-bit Armv8 processor family by delivering significantly higher compute performance with best-in-class memory bandwidth, capacity and rich I/O configurations,” said Surya Hotha, Director of Product Marketing, Data Center Processor Group at Cavium. “ThunderXStation is an ideal platform for Arm software developers across networking, embedded, mobile, and IoT verticals. We are delighted to be working closely with GIGABYTE on this, and we look forward to supporting them on a number of innovative new platforms.”
The ThunderXStation will be showcased at the Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit 2018 in San Jose, CA, at the Cavium booth A37 from March  20th – 21st
Availability:
The ThunderXStation (SKU: W281-T90 series) is available to order. Please contact server.grp@gigabyte.com to place your order. For more details please visit: www.thunderxforums.com.
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About GIGABYTE Technology
GIGABYTE is a leading brand in the global IT industry with employees and business channels in almost every country. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world's motherboard and graphics card markets. Drawing from its vast R&D and manufacturing capacities and know-how, GIGABYTE had further expanded its product portfolio to include network communication devices, servers and storages, with a goal to serve each facet of the digital life in homes and offices. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with innovative technology, exceptional quality, and unmatched customer service. Visit http://b2b.gigabyte.com/ for more information.
About CaviumCavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware-reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan.

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Angel Atondo
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager
Cavium, Inc.
Telephone: +1 408-943-7417
Email: angel.atondo@cavium.com


Cavium Announces Packet Trakker: A Programmable Network Telemetry Suite

Packet Trakker™ available on XPliant® switches, delivers comprehensive telemetry to increase network efficiency and improve application performance
SAN JOSE, CA – March 20, 2018 – Cavium™, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, today announced the availability of Packet Trakker, a programmable network telemetry suite supported by Cavium’s XPliant family of programmable Ethernet switches.
The need to manage the interaction between network infrastructure resources and constantly changing application workloads to maintain data center performance has never been more important. Within the XPliant software defined networking framework, Packet Trakker enables comprehensive data center infrastructure performance management. Networks built with XPliant switches can now deploy Packet Trakker to provide the following operational benefits:
  • Maintenance of a detailed history of switch resource utilization data and network performance logging that is used to perform performance validation.
  • Exportation of detailed real-time switch utilization and network performance data that can be used to identify network resource contention patterns and isolate which workloads are causing resource contention.
  • Enabling the use of programmable instrumentation data gathering contexts that enable fine grained control of how telemetry information is organized for consumption by visualization tools and analytics engines.
  • Monitoring of system health and immediately alarms system management applications to circumstances that can cause data center performance degradation and equipment failure.
  • Microburst detection and identification of flows that destabilize application performance. 
  • Tracking of latency fluctuations that negatively impact application behavior predictability.
  • Detection of packet loss that is destructive to applications performance, which can be avoided through notification of pre-congestion in transmit queues.
  • Identification of inconsistent configurations or packet processing exceptions.
Packet Trakker integrates with Network Operating Systems (NOS) and analytics engines, to deliver a comprehensive set of telemetry features that monitor network status in real-time and at scale. This technology assists data center network operators in dynamic remediation operations that continuously improve network efficiency and application quality of experience. Furthermore, the XPliant programmable switch architecture is future proofed for the continuously evolving world of Software-Defined Networking.
“I am pleased with the amount of positive feedback we continue to receive from customers utilizing Packet Trakker hardware acceleration to monitor networks more closely and accurately than legacy solutions,” said Eric Hayes, VP/GM Switching Platform Group at Cavium. “I am excited to see how the flexibility of the XPliant Packet Architecture will further innovation of real-time granular telemetry in order to reliably deploy new network services.”
“Packet Trakker is an intriguing powerful technology to address some of the critical challenges in today’s networks,” says Gavin Cato, Senior Vice President for Networking Development Engineering at Dell EMC. “Packet Trakker deployed on Dell EMC switches such as the S5148-ON has the ability to provide deeper insights into device resources and advance network analytics for better network operations.”
“Packet Trakker programmable telemetry accelerates development of new innovative solutions for mobile network quality analysis and real-time diagnostics,” says Dr. Kang-Won Lee, SVP, Head of Software R&D Center, SK Telecom. “We believe it significantly improves the network visibility that leads to improvements of reliability, performance and utilization efficiency."
“Packet Trakker addresses some of the most critical challenges operators face today in managing their networks,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. “Detailed real-time visibility and network remediation based on XPliant programmable telemetry capabilities provide key tools for automated self-healing solutions, which is the next step to increasing network uptime and lowering OpEx.”
Availability
The XPliant Packet Trakker is available now to customers and partners. 
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About Cavium
Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware-reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan.

Media Contact:
Angel Atondo
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager
Telephone: +1 408-943-7417
Email: angel.atondo@cavium.com 


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Cavium Showcases Next-Generation 5G Radio Access and Core Networks, Telco Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Solutions at Mobile World Congress 2018

OCTEON®, OCTEON Fusion–M® and ThunderX2® SoCs accelerate intelligent networks from the core to the edge
SAN JOSE, CA, and BARCELONA, SPAIN February 26, 2018 – Cavium™, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, and wired and wireless networking, will showcase a number of technologies incorporating the company’s award winning OCTEON, OCTEON Fusion–M, OCTEON TX™ and ThunderX2 SoCs at Mobile World Congress 2018. The conference will start on Monday February 26 and run through Thursday March 1, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain.
Cavium will present its vision for next-generation 5G Radio Access Networks, FWA and IoT deployments, SDN core networks, and telco cloud and edge infrastructure solutions. The company’s MWC presence will include several networking demonstrations and will highlight its key contributions to industry associations, such as the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) OpenCellular program and the Open Network Foundation’s CORD program.
“Cavium is well aware that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” 5G NR deployment model,” said Raj Singh, Vice President and General Manager of Cavium’s Network and Communications Group.  “Instead different operators will have different approaches.  Some will be incremental and co-exist with LTE, some will focus on specific use cases such as fixed wireless access.  Others will incorporate split RAN architectures and core network virtualization.  Whichever approach an operator decides to implement, Cavium has the technology to make it work.”
Cavium will host visitors and present live demonstrations in Hall 2, booth number 2M61. The following technologies will be covered:
  • 5G NR solutions – next generation OCTEON Fusion-M and OCTEON TX silicon for basestations and remote radio heads, new 3GPP protocol stack split implementations, massive MIMO capabilities.
  • Fixed Wireless Access base stations - live demonstration featuring an OEM–designed 3–sector eNodeB incorporating a single CNF73xx processor running LTE software based on Cavium’s L1–L3 stack.
  • ONF M–CORD IoT use case - SDN, NFV, C–RAN and MEC live demonstration featuring a pre–5G IoT use case running on the ONF–defined open source M–CORD platform. This proof of concept (POC) demonstration features the following Cavium silicon and software implementations:
    • Distributed Unit (DU) – OCTEON Fusion–M based intelligent radio head running Cavium’s implementation of 3GPP fronthaul split options 2 and 5 LTE PHY.
    • Central Unit (CU) – ThunderX2 baseband implementation running Cavium’s implementation of 3GPP fronthaul split options 2 and 5 LTE stack software.
    • Core Network – ThunderX2 servers hosting a vEPC, ONF XOS orchestration software and ONOS-controlled XPliant® programmable SDN switch fabric. 
  • Production Version of the Telecom Infra Project Connect - LTE Base station
    • Announced in 2016, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Connect–LTE base station design is now ready for the first round of field trials. This live demonstration features a commercial prototype Connect–LTE eNodeB featuring the OCTEON Fusion–M CNF7130 baseband processor and Cavium’s TIP–contributed LTE stack software. The demonstration also includes an OCTEON TX–based edge server running a vEPC and open source edge applications providing content caching, firewall and media server functions.
  • Universal CPE
    • Live demonstration of OCTEON TX ARMv8-based uCPE white box with commercial NFV applications.
Other Cavium-enabled networking demonstrations will be present at the Conference, including:
  • Virtualized Mobile Core Network – a complete end-to-end containerized mobile network with live traffic on commercial UEs, will be shown in the ARM booth (Hall 6 Stand 6E30)
Network Slicing – end-to-end network slicing running Netsia’s ProgRAN on M-CORD.  Orchestrated by ONAP and delivered through XPliant P4-enabled switches with OCTEON Fusion-M remote radio units.  This demonstration can be found at the Open Networking Foundation booth in Hall 5 number 5I61 and the Netsia booth in Hall 1 number 1C40.
For more information on Cavium’s products or to schedule a meeting with Cavium at MWC 2018, please contact your local sales account manager or Lilly Ly (lly@cavium.com). Please enter Meeting Request at MWC 2018 in the subject line.
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About Cavium
Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM) offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity, and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware-reference designs, and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China, and Taiwan. For more information about the Company, please visit: http://www.cavium.com/. 

Media Contact
Angel Atondo
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager
Cavium, Inc.
Telephone: +1 408-943-7417
Email: angel.atondo@cavium.com