IBM shows PowerPC microserver for Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope

IBP_power_logoIBM has revealed more about a PowerPC microserver that will help to analyze data gathered by the square kilometre array (SKA), the colossal radio telescope to be built across South Africa and Australia.

Once operational, the SKA is expected to generate around an exabyte – a million terabytes – of data each day. Even sorting this amount of data is going to need plenty of computing power, but also power efficeint.

The microserver is based on a Freescale T4240 chip with 12 phisical cores (24 virtual) and running Fedora 20. The power consumption is around 16W.

The T4240, with 24 virtual cores, is the flagship of the Freescale’s QorIQ T series. It is based on four Power Architecture® e6500 cores and supports:

  • frequencies up to 1.8 GHz
  • AltiVec technology SIMD engine
  • three DDR3/3L RAM controllers
  • integrated multiple 1Gbps and 10Gpbs Ethernet connections
  • four PCI Express 2.0/3.0 controllers
  • hardware acceleration and advanced system peripherals

Read more about the new IBM microserver at The Register and about the T4240.

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