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Qualcomm, Microsoft collaborate on cloud services

Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate next-generation cloud services on its 10 nanometre Qualcomm Centriq 2400 platform.

The collaboration will span multiple future generations of hardware, software and systems.

With the goal of enabling a variety of cloud workloads to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform powered by Qualcomm Centriq 2400 server solutions, QDT has submitted a server specification using its advanced 10 nanometre Qualcomm Centriq 2400 platform to the Open Compute Project (OCP).

The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Open Compute motherboard server specification is based on the latest version of Microsoft’s Project Olympus, and last week QDT conducted the first public demonstration of Windows Server, developed for Microsoft’s internal use, powered by the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor, at the OCP Summit 2017.

“QDT is accelerating innovation in data centres by delivering the world’s first 10nm server platform,” said Ram Peddibhotla, vice-president, product management, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies.

“Our collaboration with Microsoft and contribution to the OCP community enables innovations such as Qualcomm Centriq 2400 to be designed in and deployed into the data centres rapidly.

“In collaborating with Microsoft and other industry leading partners, we are democratising system design and enabling a broad-based ARM server ecosystem.”

Dr. Leendert van Doorn, distinguished engineer, Microsoft Azure, said Microsoft and QDT were collaborating with “an eye to the future addressing server acceleration and memory technologies that have the potential to shape the data centre of tomorrow”.

“Our joint work on Windows Server for Microsoft’s internal use, and the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Open Compute Motherboard server specification, compatible with Microsoft’s Project Olympus, is an important step toward enabling our cloud services to run on QDT-based server platforms.”

Peddibhotla said QDT had been working with Microsoft for several years on ARM-based server enablement and had on-site engineering at Microsoft to collaboratively optimise a version of Windows Server on Qualcomm Centriq 2400-based systems for Microsoft’s internal use in its data centres.

He said QDT’s OCP submission was the result of a multi-faceted, multi-level engagement between the two companies to facilitate ARM adoption into the data centre, and encompasses multiple areas of hardware and software including board development, firmware, operating system, compilers and tools, and CoreCLR.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).


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