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Cloud : Iliad mise sur les puces ARM pour jouer les trublions

Cloud : Iliad mise sur les puces ARM pour jouer les trublions | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Iliad, via sa filiale d’hébergement Online.net, va faire son entrée sur le  marché du Cloud. Avec un concept en rupture. Des micro-serveurs dédiés basés sur  des puces ARM. Et une architecture maison.

Online.net, filiale d’hébergement d’Iliad-Free, va lancer un service Cloud  simple d’usage et basé sur des serveurs ARM, et non sur des puces x86. Sur le  modèle d’un DigitalOcean (hébergeur new-yorkais) connaissant une croissance  rapide, l’offre sera disponible selon un modèle tarifaire à  l’heure. Elle reposera sur des serveurs dédiés, et non sur une couche  de virtualisation, ainsi que sur du stockage SSD. « Ce qui est  impressionnant chez DigitalOcean, c’est leur croissance. C’est la raison  principale pour laquelle nous avons examiné leur modèle », explique à  VentureBeat Yann Léger, le vice-président Cloud Computing d’Online.

 

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Lancé voici environ deux ans, le projet, baptisé Online  Labs, doit déboucher à la mi-janvier, avec le  lancement commercial de l’offre. La filiale d’Iliad mise sur des puces Cortex A9  développées par Marvell pour offrir des performances optimisées pour les  applications Web. La firme explique que son serveur C1, né de ces  développements, est plus petit qu’une carte de crédit et consomme  seulement quelques watts. « Nous obtenons une meilleure  densité qu’avec des serveurs virtualisés et une consommation électrique deux à  trois fois inférieure », assure Online. Clairement, Iliad mise sur ces  arguments – essentiels dans l’équation économique d’un hébergeur – pour venir  perturber le marché du Cloud, où les acteurs dominants comme Amazon et Microsoft  testent certes le potentiel des puces ARM (notamment en matière de réduction de  la consommation électrique), mais sans franchir le pas.

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Illiad déploie des micros serveurs sur base ARM. 288 serveurs par chassis tout de même.

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Cloudwatt : « Les processeurs ARM ? Une opportunité à étudier »

Cloudwatt : « Les processeurs ARM ? Une opportunité à étudier » | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Fayçal Boujemaa, responsable recherche et développement de Cloudwatt, revient pour Silicon.fr sur l’adoption de l’architecture ARM dans les serveurs. Et ouvre la porte à une diversification des processeurs présents dans les datacenters du Cloud.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Un vrai sujet identifié il y a déjà 2 ans et qui pourrait redonner du sens à la notion de souveraineté numérique européenne puisque 98% des architectures de processeurs de smartphones sont conçues non pas dans la Silicon Valley mais à Cambridge, UK. Pour une fois cela vaudrait le coup de considérer que les Anglais font partie de l'Europe ;-)

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is Intel new management at ARM's length ?

is Intel new management at ARM's length ? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

is Intel’s new CEO is rethinking the “x86 and only x86″ strategy? Last week, a specialty semiconductor company called Altera announced that Intel would fabricate some if its chips containing a 64-bit ARM processor. The company’s business consists of offering faster development times through “programmable logic” circuits. Instead of a “hard circuit” to be designed, manufactured, tested, debugged, modified and sent back to the manufacturing plant in lengthy and costly cycles, you buy a “soft circuit” from Altera and similar companies (Xilinx comes to mind). This more expensive device can be reprogrammed on the spot to assume a different function, or correct the logic in the previous iteration. Pay more and get functioning hardware sooner, without slow and costly turns through a manufacturing process.

With this in mind, what Intel will someday manufacture for Altera isn’t the 64-bit ARM processor that excited some observers: “Intel Makes 14nm ARM for Altera“. The Stratix 10 circuits Altera contracts to Intel manufacturing are complicated and expensive ($500 and up) FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) devices where the embedded ARM processor plays a supporting, not central, role. This isn’t the $20-or-less price level arena in which Intel has so far declined to compete.

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Couldn't resist "Management at ARM's length", yet this note is definitely worth a thorough and full read 

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Mobile Moore: The New iPhone Is 40X Faster Than The Original iPhone

Mobile Moore: The New iPhone Is 40X Faster Than The Original iPhone | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
An impressive explosion in speed: In the six years since the original iPhone was released, the speed of the iPhone has increased by 40X. The iPhone 5S alone is a doubling in speed over the iPhone 5.
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ARM Server Maker Offers Cloud Service to Port X86 Code

ARM Server Maker Offers Cloud Service to Port X86 Code | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
ARM processors are used mostly in smartphones, but Boston Limited is offering a service through which developers can port existing x86 applications to work on ARM servers, which can then be tested via a cloud service.
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After capturing the mobile processor market, ARM enters the cloud

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The imminent role of ARM as a storage platform?

The imminent role of ARM as a storage platform? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It seems not too long ago that the storage industry was fragmented in terms of the "compute" layer in their storage systems. PowerPC, MIPS, Sparc and other platforms dominated the "pie chart" with x86 occupying a small share. Then something happened - all suppliers moved to x86 as a premise for commoditization of the storage platform. With vendors like Dell now testing low-powered ARM based servers and ARM releasing a 64-bit architecture, the question is how long before ARM becomes the platform of choice for storage vendors?

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iPhone 5 Memory Size and Speed Revealed

iPhone 5 Memory Size and Speed Revealed | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple thankfully didn't obscure the details of its A6 slide at the launch event, which gave us a Samsung part number: K3PE7E700F-XGC2. Through crafty navigation of Samsung's product guide, Brian Klug got us the details. The K3P tells us we're looking at a dual-channel LPDDR2 package with 32-bit channels. The E7E7 gives us the density of each of the two DRAM die (512MB per die, 1GB total). The final two characters in the part number give us the cycle time/data rate, which in this case is 1066MHz.

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Russia building ARM-based, homemade 'Baikal processor' to replace AMD and Intel chips

Russia building ARM-based, homemade 'Baikal processor' to replace AMD and Intel chips | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The Russian government has decided to domestically produce a computer chip which for use in government offices and state-run firms. The move is meant to elbow processors from the likes of AMD and Intel out of government use due to concerns about US spying and processor back doors.

Electronics Weekly says Russian President Putin decided to push forward this processor development initiative. It follows a move, four years ago, when the Russian government said that all its computers would be moving to Linux.

The Russian processor is currently referred to as the 'Baikal' microprocessor, named after most voluminous freshwater lakein the world. The chip is being designed by T-Platforms, a Russian supercomputer maker, alongside state defence corporation Rostec with co-financing from Russian state-run technology firm Rosnano.

The Russian News Agency ITAR-TASS reports that there are going to be two initial Baikal chips; the Baikal M and the Baikal M/S. These chips will be designed upon the foundation provided by the ARM Cortex-A57 64-bit processor and be employed in personal computers and microservers.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Thx to Jean-Paul Smets for spotting this. When will we Europeans realize that

1. Hardware is not dead

2. Hardware can actually be a profitable business (look at Hyve 1Bn$ revenue in the OCP space)

3. Hardware can be a lever in the Quest for Sovereignty

4. ARM is a european company

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Google Ramps Up Chip Design | EE Times

Google Ramps Up Chip Design | EE Times | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
According to venture legend John Doerr,Google is designing its own silicon for its data centers. But he stopped short of confirming rumors that the search giant was designing ARM-based chips as was reported in December. Doerr, speaking at a chip conference, also said that Facebook would be next. He’s right. Computing is the primary cost for Google, Amazon Web Services and Facebook and designing their own silicon could lower that cost. And thanks to more modular designs and advances in the ARM architecture, the cost of designing custom chips has fallen into a range where the benefits outweigh design costs.
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Researchers can slip an undetectable trojan into Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs

Researchers can slip an undetectable trojan into Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Scientists have developed a technique to sabotage the cryptographic capabilities included in Intel's Ivy Bridge line of microprocessors. The technique works without being detected by built-in tests or physical inspection of the chip.

The proof of concept comes eight years after the US Department of Defense voiced concern that integrated circuits used in crucial military systems might be altered in ways that covertly undermined their security or reliability. The report was the starting point for research into techniques for detecting so-called hardware trojans. But until now, there has been little study into just how feasible it would be to alter the design or manufacturing process of widely used chips to equip them with secret backdoors.

 

In a recently published research paper, scientists devised two such backdoors they said adversaries could feasibly build into processors to surreptitiously bypass cryptographic protections provided by the computer running the chips. The paper is attracting interest following recent revelations the National Security Agency is exploiting weaknesses deliberately built-in to widely used cryptographic technologies so analysts can decode vast swaths of Internet traffic that otherwise would be unreadable.

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Can “Less than Moore” FDSOI provides better ROI for Mobile IC?

The goal for a chip maker supporting “Less Than Moore” is not to displace the Qualcomm or Samsung, following Moore’s law and getting back more than enough revenue to invest and develop IC ever more integrated, targeting smaller technology node, supporting the type of Roadmap you can see below. This roadmap from Samsung shows Discrete Application Processor and Baseband Processor paths, as well as in parallel a roadmap for cost sensitive systems with Integrated (Application + BB) processor.

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LTM = PPP x TTM

Interesting introduction to "Less Than Moore" approaches, that combine Price/Performance/Power optimization techniques with Time To Market constrains.

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The Lightning Digital AV Adapter Surprise

The Lightning Digital AV Adapter Surprise | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

We've been doing significant testing lately with video out using various iOS devices for an upcoming project. In doing so, we waded right in the middle of a strange video out mystery. .../...

 

In short: it appears the Lightning Digital AV Adapter has a SoC ARM CPU with 2Gb worth of RAM

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Now there is a good reason why such adapter costs $50 : it's a tiny computer...

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Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel Chips for the Mac

Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel Chips for the Mac | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

While Apple is now committed to Intel in computers and is unlikely to switch in the next few years, some engineers say a shift to its own designs is inevitable as the features of mobile devices and PCs become more similar, two people said. Any change would be a blow to Intel, the world’s largest processor maker, which has already been hurt by a stagnating market for computers running Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows software and its failure to gain a foothold in mobile gadgets.


As handheld devices increasingly function like PCs, the engineers working on this project within Apple envision machines that use a common chip design. If Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook wants to offer the consumer of 2017 and beyond a seamless experience on laptops, phones, tablets and televisions, it will be easier to build if all the devices have a consistent underlying chip architecture, according to one of the people.

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Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip

Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Cambridge University researchers find that a microprocessor used by the US military but made in China contains secret remote access capability ...
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