The Vapor Chamber exhibited at MWC was described as a micro-scale multi-tenant edge data center, with capable of housing 175kW worth of IT load in a cylindrical form factor easily split into interchangeable trapezoidal rack towers.
Tightly integrated with ARM’s Vapor IO software for automatic operation, remote “lights out” monitoring and programmatic API-driven control, the Vapor Chamber leverages the company’s Neoverse N1 CPU, promising the performance, features, and scalability needed to accelerate the transformation to a scalable cloud-to-edge infrastructure. Compared to Arm’s Cortex-A72 processor deployed in various infrastructure applications including servers, the company says its N1 CPU delivers up to 2.5X performance on data centre workloads, 5X better machine learning vector performance and 30% better performance per watt in the same technology node.
The Arm Neoverse N1 Platform comprises the N1 CPU and supporting system IP connected via a coherent mesh interconnect. The platform is optimized for low-latency and bandwidth efficiency, to deliver extreme core scalability from sub-35W 8-core systems to 128+ cores in servers.
It is yet to be seen how big or small edge-computing units should be designed to become commercially attractive for operators and how those will monetize the low-latency promised by such decentralized data processing.
But ARM is adamant the internet will need to be completely re-architected with such edge-computing clusters to cater for future AI-driven data analytics and applications and make them more responsive.
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