Avantek ThunderX2 ARM Workstation – ThunderX2station

ThunderXStation ThunderX2Station

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Workstations are standalone platforms with high performance CPUs, maximum memory and excellent graphics capabilities, widely used for advanced software development.

ThunderX2Station 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 utilise binary translators and cross compilers resulting in increased development and debug cycles. By delivering native performance and eliminating the need for cross compilers, ThunderX2Station 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.

ThunderX2Station 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 available software development tools include gcc 7.2, LLVM, gdb, Golang, OpenJDK 9.0, HHVM, Python, PHP, Ruby etc. The CentOS 7.x environment for ThunderX2Station 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.

ThunderX2Station Specifications (updated Feb 2019):

  • Form Factor: 4U Tower – (option conversion to rack).
  • CPU: Single or Dual socket ThunderX2 ARM64 SoC (CPU).
  • Memory: Up to 24 DDR4 slots (8 channels per SoC)
  • PCIe: 2x PCIe Gen 3.0 x16 slots
  • Drives: 2x 2.5″ (add 4x 3.5″ bay as an optional upgrade)
  • Network: 2 x 10Gb/s SFP+ LAN ports (QLogic® QL41102)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce® GT710 with dual monitor support (option)
  • BMC: ASPEED AST2500 with IPMI management – RJ45 GbE.
  • Storage: 2x 2.5” SATA3, option 4x 3.5″ bay.
  • PSU: 800W. Option for 1600W Platinum PSU (1+1)
  • Firmware: AMI Aptio V® UEFI and AMI MegaRAC BMC
  • OS/Tools: Linux

ThunderX2 product family is Marvell’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 optimised 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.

Marvell 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.

ThunderXStation / ThunderX2Station is available to order now.