Arm strengthens neoverse computing infrastructure platform

Can the Neoverse V2 platform update, codenamed “Demeter”, bring a bounty to the British company?

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Arm introduced Neoverse V2, the company’s new data technology to expand the Neoverse computing portfolio. Codenamed “Demeter”, the Neoverse V2 platform update is an attempt to provide better cloud workload performance and address the needs of data and cloud infrastructure processing.

V2 designed to strengthen Arm Neoverse

As the latest addition to the Arm Neoverse roadmap, the V2 platform aims to upgrade the N1 Central Processing Unit (CPU) and enable the platform technology to deliver better per-thread performance for hyperscale, cloud, and high-performance -Deliver computing (HPC) workloads and drive next-generation infrastructure solutions.

The new additions to the company’s computing roadmap will enable its partners to leverage Arm-based technology, support scalability for more significant cloud and HPC workloads, and provide security upgrades for the Arm v9 architecture. The Neoverse V2 platform also includes the latest V-series core and Arm CMN-700 mesh interconnect.

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V2 offers 2 MB (megabytes) of private L2 cache and up to 512 MB of system-level cache, which means users can gain up to 4 TBps (terabytes per second) of bandwidth for the CMN mesh connection. It is also equipped with DDR5 (Double Data Rate 5), LPDDR5 (Low-Power DDR5), and CXL (Compute Express Link) 2.0 memory expansion performance to increase memory utilization at scale.

Arm’s current partnerships

The company’s specialized processing technology aims to reduce workload power consumption and meet the increased computing demands of modern cloud-native software. With the Arm software ecosystem, Neoverse platforms, and fabrics such as AMBA CHI, UCIe, and CXL, Arm partners have support in building bespoke cloud-to-edge software solutions.

The Neoverse V2 platform design currently supports multiple enterprise partners with their architectures. One of these current partners, NVIDIA, is using V2 as the foundation for its Grace data center CPU, which will use V2 technology and LPDDR5X memory to improve performance-per-watt for servers with traditional architectures.

Arm Neoverse also announced that it is currently developing its next-gen N-series product, which is slated for launch in 2023. The company’s E-series CPUs provide support for a range of features including data plane processing, edge networking and 5G RAN.

The Neoverse E2 core platform leverages the Cortex-A510 CPU with the Neoverse CMN-700 and N2 system backplane to support cloud usage in constrained applications with a range of core counts; SystemReady Compatibility; and PCIe, CXL, IO and interfaces.

Today, Arm has more than 1,000 technology partners and most major cloud providers offer Arm-based instances. The company continues to work with cloud partners to support their cloud-native frameworks, workloads and infrastructure.

The Arm Neoverse technology holds great potential for the development of future applications as it will be used by developers to generate contributions to open source communities. Some examples include contributions to existing tools to provide native builds for the ARM architecture and that have helped extend existing frameworks for machine learning and cloud software workloads.

Steps in the cloud computing platform and network infrastructure scene

As Arm has developed ways to meet the increased demands of computing infrastructure platforms, other vendors have also increased their efforts in this technology space. Other competing technologies for more complex workloads and computing are solutions from Intel and AMD.

Arm claims that Neoverse V2 CPUs will offer the highest single-threaded integer performance on the market and will eclipse next-gen designs from AMD and Intel. Still, Arm’s cloud computing technology is a worthy solution with the ability to fuel the development of valuable applications that will help improve tomorrow’s digital world.

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About Arm and Neoverse technology

Arm is a custom semiconductor and software design company based in Cambridge, England, owned by Japan’s SoftBank Group. It offers processor designs and software platforms to enable chip computing and secure power supply for digital products.

Since its launch in 2018, Neoverse has been embraced by businesses and developers as a platform that enables the creation of custom applications and solutions. Arm Neoverse also rolled out the 11th Gen Ampere Altra-based HPEProliant platform with partners in traditional enterprise sectors including VMware’s Project Monterey, Red Hat supporting OpenShift on Arm, and SAP HANA aligning its cloud infrastructure to that of Arm powered AWS Graviton relocated.

Arm’s solutions reduce the power consumption required for performance in 5G RAN (Radio Access Network) and wireless infrastructure. The Arm 5G Solutions Lab partners with several leading 5G ecosystems including Google Cloud, Dish Wireless and Vodafone to support end-to-end 5G networks on Arm.

While it’s still early days, things could be looking up for the potential success of Arm’s new processor chip and other technology offerings so far. New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng are reportedly planning to persuade Softbank Group to list Arm in the UK

However, Softbank has considered the possibility of forming a dual listing to own a base in the UK and US, which would allow the Arm Index to be included in those two markets. This could be quite favorable for the company considering the potential increase in its mutual funds and possibly even lead to its spot in the FTSE 100 index.

With higher valuations and the huge investor pool in the US attracting Softbank, we’ll have to wait and see if they decide to go for a rare secondary listing or stick with the States. In any case, more investment could mean funding further advances in Arm Neoverse technology.

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