Calxeda sheds more light on its HP Moonshot ambitions

Calxeda has revealed a few more tasty details about HP ProLiant Moonshot server range. The first generation of Moonshot servers are based on the Intel Centerton S1200 Atom processor but Calxeda says that ARM-based solution will arrive in the second half of the year.

Its own solution will offer a quad-node server cartridge with the cores clocked at 1.4GHz as well as 4GB of RAM. The outfit says that it will be able to deliver 180 quad-core EnergyCores processors in a 4U server chassis compared to 45 for its Intel counterpart.

HP selected Calxeda back in November 2011 to form part of a project that aims to redefine the server fabric from ground up. No surprise therefore that Moonshot is presented by HP as being a software-defined server.

Calxeda didn’t reveal why Intel was offered a head start (if indeed it was) and didn’t say how much its servers would cost.

It did however underline the fact that independent research show that Calxeda’s EnergyCores can deliver 80 per cent better performance per watt compared to a “best-in-class” Xeon processor, which the S1200 is not.

Other silicon partners for HP include the likes of AMCC, Texas Instruments and AppliedMicro.

AMD is part of it and we suspect that the Austin-based semiconductor company will bring out an Intel-based solution before shifting to its own Opteron x86 solution and eventually perhaps a hybrid x86/ARM solution.