ThunderX Gigabyte Cavium Motherboard Video Overview:
Who is a typical buyer of this motherboard?
Perfect for students or professionals to learn about multi-core programming with the AArch64 instruction set architecture in a familiar Linux environment. Rich IO for networking professionals to develop switching/routing/load balancing applications. This platform excels at multicore workloads that require lots of PCIe, networking and storage IO. Supports DPDK.
Is this motherboard a good deal?
This motherboard combines the power of 32-cores with unsurpassed networking connectivity and storage throughput in one SoC providing exceptional value. Compare the 4x 10G on motherboard NIC to an Intel XL710 quad PCIe NIC (X710DA4FH/$406.99 on AMZN) or compare the on-board 40 GbE NIC to the XL710 40G PCIe NIC (XL710QDA1/$409.11 on AMZN). This motherboard includes all 5 NIC interfaces.
- 32-core 1.8 GHz ThunderX ARM64 CPU SoC
- Eight total slots DDR4 memory upto 2133 MT/s, 256 max capacity
- 2x 8 lane PCIe Gen3 slots
- 4x USB ports (2x on rear panel, 2x on header)
- RS-232 DB-9
- AST 2400 BMC VGA connector and 1 GbE LAN connector
- 4x SATA III ports (on Motherboard)
- 1x 40GbE NIC (on Motherboard)
- 4x 10GbE NIC (on Motherboard)
- The following have been installed and tested with this model motherboard.
- RedHat 8.0 AArch64 Server
- Ubuntu 16.04.4 or later AArch64 Server w/Ubuntu Desktop
- Ubuntu 18.04.2 or later AArch64 Server w/Ubuntu Desktop
- Ubuntu 19.04 or later AArch64 Server w/Ubuntu Desktop
- Centos 7 AArch64 Server (Cavium version only. 4.14 Kernel.)
- OpenSUSE Tumbleweed AArch64
- Fedora 30 AArch64 Server Kernel 5.0
- SFP+ and QFSP+ modules not included.