A live demonstration that includes web applications hosted by a Windows IIS webserver running natively on ThunderX2 based on Microsoft's Project Olympus platform was shown at the Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit 2018 in San Jose, California, at the Cavium booth from March 20th-21st. The annual Summit brought 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 centre and beyond.
The ThunderX2 product family is Cavium's second generation 64-bit Armv8-A server processor SoC for data centre, 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", stated 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", stated 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 centre."