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Chipmaker Arm slashes data centre footprint with AWS migration

Written by Thu 10 Dec 2020

Semiconductor giant to move chip testing workloads to Amazon’s public cloud

UK chipmaker Arm is migrating the vast majority of its workloads, including those used to test semiconductor designs, to Amazon Web Services, bringing about a dramatic reduction of its data centre footprint.

By switching workloads from its own infrastructure to instances hosted in Amazon’s hyperscale data centres, the semiconductor giant will reduce its on-premises infrastructure by 45 percent, and slash on-premises compute to a fifth of previous levels.

Arm’s electronic design automation (EDA) workloads will leverage AWS’s new Graviton2-based instances, themselves powered by Arm’s Neoverse cores, to carry out the computationally-intensive work of verifying semiconductor designs.

In initial tests, AWS’s vast storage capacity and high-performance infrastructure enabled Arm to scale simulations of compute scenarios and realise a 6x improvement in EDA workflow performance.

The chipmaker is also leveraging AWS machine learning to match optimal instance types to specific EDA workloads, further streamlining workflows and shaving costs.

Semiconductor companies running EDA workloads on-premises can face shortages of compute power that slow development and it can take many months or even years to produce new chips.

“Through our collaboration with AWS, we’ve focused on improving efficiencies and maximizing throughput to give precious time back to our engineers to focus on innovation,” said Rene Haas, President, IPG, Arm.

“Now that we can run on Amazon EC2 using AWS Graviton2 instances with Arm Neoverse-based processors, we’re optimizing engineering workflows, reducing costs, and accelerating project timelines to deliver powerful results to our customers more quickly and cost effectively than ever before.”

“AWS provides truly elastic high performance computing, unmatched network performance, and scalable storage that is required for the next generation of EDA workloads, and this is why we are so excited to collaborate with Arm to power their demanding EDA workloads running our high-performance Arm-based Graviton2 processors,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, AWS.

“Graviton2 processors can provide up to 40% price performance advantage over current-generation x86-based instances.”

Written by Thu 10 Dec 2020


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