ThunderX Arm Processors

High Performance Workload Optimized processors For data demanding applications and cloud infrastructure

ThunderX Arm Processors

ARM Server Processors

The Marvell® ThunderX® product family is comprised of best-in-class 64-bit Arm®v8 based processors that enable servers and appliances optimized for compute, storage, network and secure compute workloads in the cloud and HPC datacenters.  Based on highly efficient full custom processor cores designed in 28nm processor technology, the ThunderX family includes multiple workload optimized models that enable servers and appliances optimized for compute, storage, network and secure compute workloads in the cloud.

Key Features

  • Arm based SoC that scales up to 48 cores with up to 2.5 GHz core frequency
  • Fully cache coherent across dual sockets using Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect™ (CCPI)
  • The largest integrated I/O capacity with 100s of Gigabits of I/O bandwidth
  • Four DDR3/4 72 bit memory controllers capable of supporting 2400 MHz memories with 1TB of memory in a dual socket configuration
  • Hundreds of integrated hardware accelerators for security, storage, networking and virtualization applications
  • Standard based low latency Ethernet fabric interconnecting thousands of ThunderX nodes in 2D and 3D configurations and enabling fabric monitoring and SLA enforcements with awareness and policy enforcement for virtualized networks
  • Virtualization everywhere with Cavium virtSOC™ technology – Full system-level, low latency virtualization solution from core to I/O
  • Best-in-class performance per watt and performance per dollar for the target applications
Arm Server Processors

Optimized for private and public cloud web servers and content delivery, web caching and social media data analytics workloads, the ThunderX_CP family has up to 48 highly efficient cores along with  integrated vSoC, multiple 10/40 GbE and high memory bandwidth.

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This family includes hardware accelerators for data protection/integrity/security, user to user efficient data movement (RoCE) and compressed storage. It’s also optimized for Hadoop, block & object storage, distributed file storage and hot/warm/cold storage type workloads.

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With hardware accelerators that include 4th generation NITROX technology with acceleration for IPSec, SSL, Anti-virus, Anti-malware, firewall and DPI, the ThunderX_SC family is optimized for Secure Web frontend, security appliances and Cloud RAN type workloads.

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Optimized for media servers, scale-out embedded application and NFV type workloads, the hardware accelerators in the ThunderX_NT family include high packet throughput processing, network virtualization and data monitoring.

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Use Cases

Segment ThunderX Family Example Workload
Compute ThunderX_CP Private/Public Cloud web servers & content delivery, web caching, social media data analytics
Storage ThunderX_ST Hadoop block & object storage, distributed file storage, hot/warm/cold storage appliances
Networking ThunderX_NT Media Servers, scale-out embedded applications, NFV appliances
Secure Compute ThunderX_SC Secure Web frontend, security appliances, C-RAN