Qualcomm begins sampling Server Development Platform

Qualcomm says the SDP is now sampling to tier-one data centers after two years of development.

Qualcomm on Thursday said it has made significant advancements to its server ecosystem in a bid to commercialize its hardware for next-generation, hyperscale data centers.

More specifically, Qualcomm's Server Development Platform (SDP), in development for more than two years, is now sampling to tier-one data centers.

Qualcomm said the SDP was tested today during a live demonstration running the entire software stack: Linux kernel version 4.2 along with KVM virtualization, OpenStack DevStack for OpenStack cloud orchestration, guest virtual machines running a standard Linux distribution along with Apache web server and WordPress.

The system includes a pre-production version of 24-core System-on a-chip (SoC) based on the ARMv8-A instruction set, Qualcomm said.

Qualcomm claims its server SoC technology is designed to tackle common data center workloads, including Infrastructure as-a Service, Platform as-a Service, big data and machine learning.

Separately, Qualcomm announced technology collaborations with both Xilinx and Mellanox. The partnerships will have Mellanox offering Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions that will be optimized for scalable server and storage infrastructures.


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