Project Olympus is the codename for Vole's next-generation cloud hardware design that it contributed last autumn Fall to the OCP.
Microsoft recently partnered with Qualcomm in an attempt to revive those efforts using Qualcomm Centriq 2400, a second-generation server chip with 48 cores and built on the latest 10nm manufacturing process. Those areas include search and indexing, storage, databases, big data and machine learning. Microsoft hopes that the move could save it money, as the chips use less power and are built by multiple manufacturers, keeping pricing competitive. As we've talked about here at The Next Platform, despite the idea of ARM-based servers being debated for nearly a decade and the pent-up demand among end users for viable alternatives to Intel and its X86-based chips, there has not been widespread adoption of such systems.
The ARM-based Windows Server hardware is for Microsoft's internal use. "We wouldn't even bring something to a conference if we didn't think this was a committed project and something that's part of our road map". "This is a significant commitment on behalf of Microsoft". He added that ARM chip designs are "much more amenable" to handling future new ISA enhancements "without disrupting their installed software base". ARM Chipmaker Qualcomm and Microsoft have collaborated and made a Windows Server powered by Qualcomm Centriq 2400.
Microsoft is planning to incorporate the ARM chips as it develops a new cloud server design, which it will discuss Wednesday at the Open Compute Project Summit in Santa Clara, California. So for now, the ARMv8-compiled Windows Server will be used for internal testing, ahead of any deployment within Microsoft's data centers to provide cloud services.
Our collaboration with Microsoft and contribution to the OCP (open compute project) community enables innovations such as Qualcomm Centriq 2400 to be designed in and deployed into the data centers rapidly.
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Microsoft did not announce an official date for an ARM version of Windows Server, though the software company is using such systems internally.
Ram Peddibhotla, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Data Centre Technologies, said: "QDT is accelerating innovation in data centres by delivering the world's first 10nm server platform". With less power the need for Intel's use in the server room becomes less important and if ARM designs become more established because of Microsoft's blessing, it is unlikely that anyone will want Chipzilla there.
"We have ported language runtime systems and middleware components, and we have ported and evaluated applications, often running these workloads side-by-side with production workloads", said Leendert van Doorn, a distinguished engineer for Microsoft in a blog post. Way back in 2011, Microsoft said it had no interest in putting the Windows Server OS on ARM servers. The company didn't share information about when Windows Server would be available for ARM servers. But Microsoft has been warming up to ARM on laptops and now servers.
With Microsoft releasing a new variant of Windows on Arm later this year targeted at the consumer and now that they are supporting the chipset in the server environment as well, this has a big impact on Intel's bottom-line.