Calxeda is cranking up the burgeoning competition between Intel and ARM Holdings with a demonstration this week of an ARM-based server running a Linux operating system. Calxeda, which last fall announced a partnership with Hewlett-Packard to develop very low-power systems running on ARM-based processors, on May 7 showed off the prototype server powered by its EnergyCard compute blades at the Ubuntu Developer and Cloud Summit in Oakland, Calif.
The system ran the Ubuntu 12.04 operating system, running a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) software stack running the company’s Website, as well as other software, including Ruby-on-Rails.
Karl Freund, Calxeda’s vice president of marketing, said the demonstration was a significant step forward for the ARM-in-servers push, and said more such demonstrations were on the way, with end-user shipments starting in four to eight weeks and volume shipments from HP and other vendors this fall.
“This is the real deal,” Freund wrote in a blog post. “[Q]uad-core, w/ 4MB cache, secure management engine, and Calxeda’s fabric all up and running.”