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Best in Show Takes Center Stage at ARM TechCon

October 06, 2014 | in Blog

Best in Show Takes Center Stage at ARM TechCon

By Mike Major, VP Corporate Marketing on October 6, 2014

ARM TechCon 2014 proved to be a whirlwind of activity. X-Gene™ was everywhere – a panoply of systems in our booth and partner booths including HP, Dell, Oracle and the Cirrascale/NVIDIA HPC system. The show was also abuzz over the announcement that the HP Moonshot ProLiant m400 Server Cartridge, featuring X-Gene, was released to commercial production.

We launched our new HeliX™ family of embedded processors following a panel of fabulous guests including Simon Segars of ARM, Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy, Gerald Kleyn of HP, Jeff Capone of Netgear, Pradeep Kathail of Cisco, Keith Shea of Wind River, Mike Kress of Canonical, and Masahiro Murakami of Konica Minolta, who traveled all the way from Japan.

AppliedMicro’s HeliX family represents the world’s first 64-bit ARM for the embedded market. Combining power efficiency with high performance, the HeliX architecture is optimized for applications such as industrial, communication and networking, storage and imaging.

AppliedMicro won “Best in Show” with honors going to our X-Gene 2 server-on-a-chip®! As proud as we are to receive this prestigious award, we were thrilled to show our first-gen X-Gene going toe to toe with the competition – specifically, the Xeon E5-2630v3 “Haswell” processor released a scant three weeks prior to TechCon. First-gen X-Gene showed virtually the same performance as the Haswell processor at a normalized power level. First-gen X-Gene performance was even better versus the Xeon E5-2630 “Sandy Bridge” processor – 2X performance versus the cloud’s most pervasively deployed processor.

These were not “modeled” numbers! This was a silicon-to-silicon throw-down measuring thousands of requests per second using the industry-standard wrk Web-scale benchmark designed for Nginx Web servers, also showing first-gen X-Gene’s compelling latency and total throughput measures.

In our view, this was the best TechCon ever. The era of battle-hardened, enterprise-class ARM servers has arrived, heralded by the commercial release of X-Gene and the HP Moonshot ProLiant m400 Server Cartridge. Best said by Canonical’s Kiko Reis, “Wow! These things actually run as you would expect a real server to go. The performance difference there is really important to point out. This is not a microserver-class play here; these are real servers we’re talking about!”

Thanks, Kiko, our sentiments exactly.

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