Lenovo has joined hands with the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre of the U.K. to conduct joint research to improve energy-efficiency of high-performance computing systems.
As part of the partnership, the Hartree Centre will be conducting research on the key challenges of power consumption in computing and the performance effects of scale-out versus scale-up systems given a defined power budget.
This apart, Hartree will also be developing software intellectual property and defining best practices regarding ARM-based server deployments.
They will evaluate the benefits of targeted, workload-optimized server design to address challenges. They will focus on a narrow set of application environments with the goal of optimizing performance / watt and performance / cost for these select workloads.
The main highlight of the program is that Lenovo will develop an ARM-based server prototype as an extension to its dense computing platform NeXtScale. Users of high-performance computing, grid deployments, analytics workloads, and large-scale cloud and virtualization infrastructures are using NeXtScale solutions.
The NeXtScale ARM server will be based on the Cavium ThunderX SoC which has capabilities to help minimize cost and power consumption. NeXtScale enclosure can optimize density and performance while fitting in a standard 19-inch rack and can hold up to 12 ARM-based servers, delivering 1,152 cores while occupying 6U of rack space.