Codethink Launches Baserock on Calxeda® EnergyCore®

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Announces World’s First Big and Little Endian Application Development Infrastructure with Boston Limited at HPC on Wall Street

Linux systems specialist Codethink today announced the launch of Baserock Appliance Linux Infrastructure for the Viridis ARM Server. Launched at the High Performance Computing Wall Street event in New York City, Baserock on Boston Ltd. Viridis System is developed in partnership with Boston Computer Systems. This new release of Baserock exploits the dual-Endian capability of Calxeda’s EnergyCore® SoC, making it possible to create dedicated Linux appliances running in either Little Endian or Big Endian modes. Baserock will be demonstrated in the BIOS IT booth (#421) at HPC Wall Street to showcase its particular value to the financial services industry.

“We’re delighted to unleash Baserock Appliance Linux Infrastructure at HPC on Wall Street, which is a focus point for Financial Services organizations looking to maximize performance and efficiency,” said Paul Sherwood, CEO of Codethink. “Our groundbreaking work with Calxeda and Boston Limited means companies with a strategic commitment to Big Endian systems can access the power-per-watt advantages of ARM servers for the first time.”

Codethink, a provider of software engineering services for mobile and embedded devices, has specifically designed Baserock for businesses in industries such as financial services with critical applications heavily dependent on expensive, often proprietary, Unix-based systems. Many of these systems are Big Endian, therefore Baserock’s ability to support both Little and Big Endian can provide a transition path for existing application software to ARM-based architectures.

The Baserock approach enables development of custom-tuned Linux appliance system images in a highly efficient workflow. Each image can be custom optimized to support a specific task, leading to maximum performance and minimum resource usage. Images can be deployed and re-deployed as required, allowing customers to get maximum utility and flexibility from their investment in high-density, high-performance, low-power-draw ARM servers.

“Baserock is important because it provides a reliable infrastructure for migration of existing applications from existing Big Endian architectures onto ARM servers for the first time,” said Karl Freund, vice president Marketing, Calxeda, the leader in the low power server market. “This makes it possible for organizations with long term investment in software on Big Endian equipment to gain additional ROI, a common and absolutely critical driver in the financial services industry. We believe our performance-per-watt advantages will be extremely compelling for these customers.”

Boston’s Head of HPC, David Power, said: “Boston is delighted to announce yet another ‘world’s first' technology on our ARM-based Viridis platform. Having the option for Big or Little Endian removes more hurdles for ARM adoption in the financial datacentre. Boston and Codethink have been working together behind the scenes and the result is the world’s first dual-Endian ready, highly optimised appliance on an ARM platform.”

With only a handful of vendors providing traditional Big Endian hardware and software solutions, this launch opens the door to leading edge innovation from the ARM ecosystem. For financial service industry companies, the Baserock platform from Codethink enables a one-stop-shop for industry-leading integration of software and hardware. Baserock is available today to help companies assess viability and be ready to transition from architectures such as SPARC and POWER to ARM.

Baserock and Viridis are available now. Please contact either Boston Ltd or Codethink with inquiries about Baserock and the Viridis platform.

About Codethink
Established in 2007, Codethink delivers advanced systems and software engineering services to electronics companies, technology providers and service infrastructure operators primarily in Europe, Asia and USA. Codethink provides advanced software design, development, integration and test services: from embedded systems to high performance apps to cloud. For more information, visit http://www.codethink.co.uk and http://www.baserock.com.

About Calxeda
Founded in January 2008, Calxeda brings new performance density to the datacenter with revolutionary server-on-a-chip technology. Calxeda currently employs 100 professionals in Austin Texas and the Silicon Valley area. Calxeda is funded by a unique syndicate comprising industry leading venture capital firms and semiconductor innovators, including ARM Holdings, Advanced Technology Investment Company, Austin Ventures, Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Vulcan Capital. See http://www.calxeda.com for more information.

About Boston Limited
With nearly 20 years of trading within the distribution and OEM marketplace, Boston continues to lead the way in providing the latest high-performance, power-optimized technologies into the data centre, HPC, ISP, Military, VFX, Enterprise and Broadcast markets with multi-award winning server, storage, workstation and clustered solutions. Since the successful launch of Boston IT Solutions (India) Private Limited in 2009, we announced the launch of Boston Server & Storage Solutions GmbH in 2010. Expansion into both regions has been driven purely by market demand for alternate vendors providing high-performance and high value-add systems. As our global reach continues to expand we plan on opening further global facilities to improve and expand the services we offer. For more information about Boston, please visit http://www.boston.co.uk and follow @BostonLimited on Twitter.

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