5G Ready Intelligent Flexible Cloud

5G ready

Intelligent Flexible Cloud

5G is driving aggressive goals for latency and throughput. Underlying infrastructure will require right-sized compute with common, scalable architecture elements and distributed intelligence from network core to the edge to access in order to deliver performance objectives.

energy-efficient platforms optimized for improved performance

Efficient data center

One size does not fit all

Mobile, IoT, Cloud, and 5G are the drivers for growth and transformation of the data center. Data centers need energy-efficient platforms optimized for improved performance of a variety of different workloads, and that can be deployed and managed as cost effectively as possible.

innovative software and systems ecosystem that delivers the flexibility, scalability and efficiency


Open Standards for Open Source

The ARM community is fueling an innovative software and systems ecosystem that delivers the flexibility, scalability and efficiency needed for infrastructure. Solutions address the data center, core, edge, access and on premise equipment.

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Tracking toward Exascale

The world-wide push for exascale computing is driving aggressive targets for performance and energy-efficiency. ARM is collaborating with strategic super-computer sites and partners around the globe to deliver architectural enhancements, cutting-edge processor IP, and a complete software ecosystem for HPC.

5G requirements drive an architectural shift

An Intelligent Flexible cloud delivers infrastructure for 5G

The transition from 4G to 5G will drive challenging requirements for infrastructure. With latency demands decreasing up to 50x, throughput demands increasing by 100x and the number of connections expected to increase by 100x, the underlying architecture will transform.

As Infrastructure grapples with the demands for service agility as delivered by Network Virtualization, it needs to comprehend the added overhead.

Network nodes have fixed constraints such as power limits, space and form factor and the need for real-time processing to be able to handle events driven by IoT and other emerging needs.

To balance these competing requirements, the infrastructure will require architectural compatible solutions optimized for differing workloads, with the right combination of compute and network function acceleration. One size will not fit all.

The ARM ecosystem delivers a range of solutions from optimized silicon to systems that scale from core to edge to access.

Data center transformation

Scalable, portable, optimized platforms

The modern data center needs to support the delivery of services to millions if not billions of end users.

This is driving growth and complexity of applications and services that need to be supported.

Data center platforms need to offer higher performance, better compute density, the flexibility to scale in response to elastic demand, all while being optimized yet portable to ensure choice that suits the challenging business needs of data centers.

Data centers see additional value in deploying hardware that is energy-efficient, optimized for improved performance of a variety of different workloads, and that can be deployed and managed as efficiently as possible.

The ARM ecosystem has created a broad and varied range of SOC-based solutions that leverage a common software ecosystem to deliver compelling compute density, flexibility and efficiency over legacy architectures.

Broad ecosystem for infrastructure

Underpinned by common software and standards

Increasingly, software is becoming hardware agnostic with more and more mainstream server software available on multiple architectures.

The ARM ecosystem is a vibrant community driving innovation and choice for infrastructure from data center to network core to edge to access. AIDC is global directory of solution providers delivering ARM based infrastructure building blocks and reference solutions.

Our community drives open source Linux organizations like Linaro and the Linux foundation, and communities like Open Platform for NFV.

Major Linux distributions like RHEL, SLES and Ubuntu are available on ARM. Key middleware pieces like Java and container technologies such as Docker are being deployed on ARM-based solutions.

ARM's innovative approach on standardization fosters innovation that has led to the development of API's like Open Data Plane (ODP) that allow for rapid porting of Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) on a variety of platforms to deliver much needed hardware acceleration.

Open source software on ARM is ready for deployment now. Write once, deploy anywhere.

Co-designing the journey to exascale efficently

An innovative approach to breaking the exascale barrier

The HPC community is trying to solve the critical compute challenges of next generation high-performance computing.

Applications like machine learning and scientific computing  are driving demands for orders of magnitude improvements in capacity, capability and efficiency to achieve exascale computing for next generation deployments.

The ARM partnership has been taking a co-design approach with the ecosystem from silicon to system design to application development to develop solutions to address this challenge.

Our collaboration has included working with industry leaders like Cray on the Department of Energy’s Fast Forward Program and Fujitsu on the Riken institute’s Post K-Supercomputer. More information can be found in our development resources for HPC.

ARM has acquired Allinea Software, an industry leader in development and performance analysis tools that maximize the efficiency of software for high performance computing systems.

allinea - Now part of ARM

What companies are saying about ARM in the infrastructure space

"The advent of data center-class ARM processors provide end users options to tailor hardware to suit specific workloads"

said Greg Scherer
Vice President and CTO, QLogic

"Huaxintong Semiconductor sees the opportunity to deliver hardware designs and solutions that are better optimized for emerging server applications than legacy server platforms,"

- Ouyang Wu
Chairman of Huaxintong Semiconductor Technology

"The ARM community has contributed quite a bit of code to Ceph over the past two years to make it run well on the previous-generation 32-bit and new 64-bit architectures. Our work is by no means complete, but we think the results are quite encouraging!"

Sage Weil
Founder and Chief Architect of CEPH