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ThunderX™ ARM Processors


OVERVIEW

The ThunderX™ product family provides the best in class 64-bit ARMv8 Data Center & Cloud Processors, offering unprecedented level of integration and industry leading SoC performance. With high performance custom cores, single and dual socket configurations, very high memory bandwidth, large memory capacity, integrated hardware accelerators, fully virtualized core and IO, scalable Ethernet fabric and feature rich I/O’s that enable best in class performance/$ and performance/watt.  The ThunderX™ family includes multiple Workload Optimized SKUs that enable servers & appliances that are optimized for compute, storage, network and secure compute workloads in the cloud. The ThunderX processor family is fully compliant with ARMv8 architecture specifications as well as ARM’s SBSA.

This product family is based on highly efficient full custom processor cores designed by Cavium in 28nm process technology under architectural license from ARM. It is fully compliant with ARMv8 architecture as well as ARM’s Server Base System Architecture (SBSA) standard while bringing to market dramatic enhancements that include:

  • The first ARM based SoC that scales up to 48 cores with up to 2.5 GHz core frequency
  • The first ARM based SoC to be fully cache coherent across dual sockets using Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect (CCPI™)
  • The largest integrated I/O capacity with 100s of Gigabits of I/O bandwidth
  • Four DDR3/4 72 bit memory controllers capable of supporting 2400 MHz memories with 1TB of memory in a dual socket configuration
  • Hundreds of integrated hardware accelerators for security, storage, networking and virtualization applications.
  • Standard based low latency Ethernet fabric interconnecting thousands of ThunderX™ nodes in 2D and 3D configurations and enabling fabric monitoring and SLA enforcements with awareness and policy enforcement for virtualized networks.
  • Virtualization everywhere with Cavium virtSOC ™ technology – Full system level low latency virtualization solution from core to I/O.
  • Best in class performance per watt and performance per dollar for the target applications




ThunderX ARM Processors

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ThunderX™ Family Details:
With ThunderX Cavium will be delivering the most comprehensive family of integrated ARMv8 SoC products in the industry and for the first time data center and cloud operators will be able to truly optimize their deployments and workloads from the silicon all the way to the application.

  • ThunderX_CP™: Up to 48 highly efficient cores along with integrated vSoC, multiple 10/40 GbE and high memory bandwidth. This family is optimized for private and public cloud web servers and content delivery, web caching and social media data analytics workloads.
  • ThunderX_ST™: Up to 48 highly efficient cores along with integrated vSoC, multiple SATAv3 controllers, 10/40 GbE & PCIe Gen3 ports, high memory bandwidth, dual socket coherency, and scalable fabric for east-west as well as north-south traffic connectivity. This family includes hardware accelerators for data protection/ integrity/security, user to user efficient data movement (RoCE) and compressed storage. This family is optimized for Hadoop, block & object storage, distributed file storage and hot/warm/cold storage type workloads.
  • ThunderX_SC™: Up to 48 highly efficient cores along with integrated vSoC, 10/40 GbE connectivity, multiple PCIe Gen3 ports, high memory bandwidth, dual socket coherency, and scalable fabric for east-west as well as north-south traffic connectivity. The hardware accelerators include Cavium’s industry leading 4th generation NITROX and TurboDPI technology with acceleration for IPSec, SSL, Anti-virus, Anti-malware, firewall and DPI. This family is optimized for Secure Web frontend, security appliances and Cloud RAN type workloads.
  • ThunderX_NT™: Up to 48 highly efficient cores along with integrated vSoC, 10/40/100 GbE connectivity, multiple PCIe Gen3 ports, high memory bandwidth, dual socket coherency, and scalable fabric with feature rich capabilities for bandwidth provisioning , QoS, traffic Shaping and tunnel termination. The hardware accelerators include high packet throughput processing, network virtualization and data monitoring. This family is optimized for media servers, scale-out embedded application and NFV type workloads.
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ThunderX™ SKU Table:

Segment ThunderX ™ Family SKU Example Workload

Compute


ThunderX_CP™ Private/Public Cloud web servers & content delivery, web caching, social media data analytics
Storage ThundexX_ST™ Hadoop block & object storage, distributed file storage, hot/warm/cold storage appliances
Networking ThunderX_NT™ Media Servers, scale-out embedded applications, NFV appliances
Secure Compute ThunderX_SC™ Secure Web frontend, security appliances, C-RAN

ThunderX CN87XX Family
The CN87XX consist of 8-16 cores in single socket configuration with two DDR3/4 controllers, multiple 10GbE, SATAv3 and PCIe Gen3 interfaces. This family is cost and power optimized for entry level applications such as cold storage, distributed content delivery, dedicated hosting, distributed memory caching and embedded and control plane.

ThunderX™ family consists of two products named CN88xx and CN87xx. Summary of key capabilities are the following:

Features CN88XX_X (Server) CN87XX_X (Low End Server)
Cores
24-48 8-16
Core Frequency Up to 2.5Ghz Up to 2.5GHz
Dual Socket Configuration
Full Virtualization (virtSoC™)
Multiple PCIe Gen3
Multiple SATA 3
Multiple 10G/40GE
100G Connectivity
Multiple DDR3/4
Hardware Accelerators
Ethernet Fabric
 

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