Earlier this month I was down in Texas visiting the Calxeda office where for the past four years they have been busy trying to revolutionize the server market through ultra-low power ARM-based servers. This morning one of their partners, Boston Limited, is formally launching their energy-efficient "Viridis" server built around Calxeda's EnergyCore ECX-1000 hardware. In this article are the first of some public Calxeda ARM benchmarks on Ubuntu Linux while more results will be out in the coming days.
While spending a few days in Austin at Calxeda's headquarters, I was able to carry out a number of benchmarks on the ECX-1000 server design that is being used by the Boston Viridis. Benchmarking was handled via the Phoronix Test Suite and now that Boston is launching their low-power ARM server, my collected results will begin to be uploaded to OpenBenchmarking.org. These Calxeda ARM benchmark results range from comparing the performance of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 12.10, LLVM/Clang to GCC compilers on the ECX-1000 ARM hardware, performance-per-Watt comparisons, etc; it's the usual assortment of enthusiast-oriented benchmarks that are of interest to Linux hardware readers at Phoronix.