Lenovo’s computing energy-efficient effort!
Companies are trying hard to make the server environment more competitive by introducing energy-efficient computing systems. The latest in line is the Chinese hardware giant, Lenovo and it is testing the use of ARM-powered servers as an alternative to systems working on Intel processors, according to a news on pcworld. As per the news, the tech giant is all set to test it with a prototype ARM server.
Lenovo will be using 64-bit ARM processors in a NextScale system, which was originally developed by IBM. The hyperscale system was developed with an idea to provide more flexibility and scalability and at the same time lower operating costs for data-intensive workloads. As mentioned on their website, NextScale delivers the agility, density and scale for today’s most demanding workloads.
NextScale system was designed to compete with HP’s Moonshot and later transferred to Lenovo. Now, the hardware giant is building the server together with the U.K.-based Science and Technology Facilities Council. The aim looks to boost up system performance and making it as power-efficient as possible.
Use of ARM Technology
ARM technology is used to develop more power-efficient, connected electronics and the approach requires significantly less transistors than other processors. Low-power ARM chips are used in devices like smartphones and tablets and mainly used to bring energy-efficiency. Today, data center servers are undergoing heavy processing burdens due to the increasing cloud services and applications.
Lenovo is not the only one to offer ARM technology, HP already offers ARM processors, while Dell is working on the similar architecture. The technology is optimized for specific uses such as caching and cloud and web search.
As discussed on various news sites, the NextScale hold up to 12 ARM-based server boards and that’s why the company is experimenting on the system. The Cavium ARM microprocessors used by the hardware giant has up to 48 cores, and can work at a frequency of up to 2.5GHz.
The development seems to be a positive effort and looks like the tech giant wants to make the ARM server environment more competitive. There’s a lot to done yet and the scope seems to be just indefinite.