AMD demos Seattle, its first ARM-based server chip


— 1:26 PM on May 5, 2014

This morning's AMD press event had two highlights. The first was the announcement of new x86 and ARM cores, which Scott already covered earlier. The second was the first public demonstration of Seattle, an upcoming server chip based on ARM Cortex-A57 CPU cores.

The demo involved web hosting. AMD showed the entire LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack running on top of a Seattle-powered development server. You probably can't read the little spec sheet in the picture above, so here's what it says:

AMD Opteron A1100 series development platform
  • AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor
  • 4 registered DIMM slots for up to 128GB of DDR3 DRAM
  • PCI Express connectors configurable as single x8 or dual x4 ports
  • 8 Serial ATA connectors
  • Compatibility with standard power supplies
  • Linux environment based on Fedora

The demo kicked off with this system spitting out web pages with information about the various software installed: Apache 2.4.6, MySQL 5.5.35, and PHP 5.4.16. The operating system was identified as "Red Hat Server for ARM 2.0 (development preview)," although I don't see that release referenced on the Red Hat website.

Next, AMD showed the machine running a WordPress blog and serving a video. WordPress compatibility is a particularly big deal, according to the chipmaker, because "more than 60 million" websites and blogs are powered by WordPress. As for the benefits of video streaming capabilities in a server, those need no emphasis.

AMD announced a few weeks ago that Seattle is sampling and on track for a release in the fourth quarter of this year. For more details on the chip, don't miss our previous coverage

   
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