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Advancing the Future of Cloud with Arm-Based Computing

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Bringing the Power of Arm to the Cloud (22:55)

Today, Arm-based compute is at an inflection point. Learn how market momentum, investments in the Arm ecosystem, and a new Oracle offering make it easy for customers and developers to access this exciting technology in the cloud. You'll also hear leaders at Oracle, Ampere, and Arm reveal tools, solutions, and support to fuel Arm-based development.

Clay Magouyrk, Executive Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
Renée James, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Ampere Computing
Chris Bergey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm
Victor Jakubiuk, CTO, OnSpecta
Tim Danford, CEO, Genymobile
Simon McIntosh-Smith, Professor of High Performance Computing, University of Bristol
Alexander Breuer, Professor, University of Jena

Highlights: Advancing the Future of Cloud with Arm-Based Computing (5:59)

Ampere Computing and Arm share their vision for the Arm ecosystem

Why Choose Ampere Altra on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure? (5:08)

In this Q&A, Ampere CEO Renee James makes the case that leading-edge performance from the new Ampere Altra processor—combined with a growing software ecosystem—can deliver the performance, power, and scalability enterprises demand.

How Is Arm Changing the Cloud? (10:17)

Deployed in more than 180 billion chips, Arm technology is now redefining data centers and the cloud with server-side processors. In this Q&A with Arm executive Chris Bergey, you’ll learn why the market for this technology is accelerating.

Arm Endorses Oracle’s Ampere Altra A-1 Compute Instance (1:15)

Chris Bergey of Arm shares how the partnership between Oracle, Ampere, and Arm led to the availability of Arm compute on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Discover how Arm-based processors deliver leading performance, power efficiency, and cost savings.

Organizations leverage Arm-based cloud computing for its linear scalability and price-performance

OnSpecta Accelerates AI Models with Arm-Based Servers on Oracle Cloud (1:11)

With OCI Ampere A1 Compute, OnSpectra improved the performance of its deep-learning software inference engine. Learn how it accelerated deployment for the AI models used in video processing, medical imaging, and recommendation engines.

Genymobile Brings Android as a Service with Arm on OCI (1:04)

Developers and QA can now create, customize and run Android virtual devices that run natively on Arm-based Ampere A1 compute, providing excellent performance while supporting Android native tools.

Everything just worked, and then everything just ran…really fast on Arm-based platform (0:58)

Learn how professors and students in the University of Bristol’s high-performance computing department saw performance on par with the best available technology at a fraction of the cost with Ampere Altra on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

University of Jena Powers Large-Scale Calculations with Arm Compute (1:08)

With Arm-based processors, the University of Jena can run multiple, simultaneous workloads of complex calculations and analytics—all while teaching the latest technology. Hear what professors say about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Ampere A1 Compute.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Will there be an Arm-based server available for on-premises use?

    Arm-based servers with Ampere Altra processors for use on-premises are available from Ampere Computing. OCI will offer Ampere A1 Compute in Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer.

  • Are the Ampere binaries (libraries and executables) compatible with the ones for Arm instances on AWS?

    The Ampere A1 shapes are AArch64-compliant, which is the same as AWS.

  • What kind of applications is ARM compute best suited for?

    Arm is good for general purpose workloads. Some of the workloads that we expect to do well on Arm Ampere A1 are listed on the compute product page: https://www.oracle.com/cloud/compute/arm/

    Also, more information on the workloads currently running on OCI Ampere A1 can be found here:

    https://solutions.amperecomputing.com/solutions/oci#oci-ampere%20a1

  • Where can I find details about the free trial for Arm-based compute? Is there a web link?
  • Have the Oracle core products—such as Oracle or MySQL databases—been precompiled and released for the new Ampere instances?

    Oracle has added support for MySQL, Java, Oracle Linux, Kubernetes and more for the new Ampere A1 Compute platform. We will add more and more services and products as we go along. Stay tuned.

  • Will Arm compute be the de facto architecture three years from now or further in the future? That is, will x86 be dead for cloud infrastructure in 3 to 5 years?

    We believe multiple CPU architectures will be available. Developers will have choice and diversity in the compute offerings.

  • Are Ampere processors made by Oracle, like Graviton processors are made by AWS?

    Ampere Computing makes Altra processors. Ampere Computing and Oracle have partnered to bring Ampere A1 Compute on Oracle Cloud.

  • Will Oracle cloud customers have to pay extra for Arm-based computing?

    Arm-based Ampere A1 Compute pricing can be found at: https://www.oracle.com/cloud/compute/arm/

  • What are flexible VM shapes?

    Flexible VM shapes help you select the amount of RAM and OCPUs (vCPUs) for your virtual machine. Unlike a fixed-size shape (fixed configuration), flexible VMs allow you to rightsize your VMs. Find more information at: https://blogs.oracle.com/cloud-infrastructure/optimize-your-workload-using-flexible-virtual-machines-on-oracle-cloud

  • Where can I find more information about the NGINX performance graphs shown in the presentation?

    The Arm benchmark blog has the details for NGINX performance: http://bit.ly/OcNGINX

  • Which Arm-based processor is used in the Ampere A1Compute?

    The Ampere Altra uses the ARM N1 core. Ampere has made enhancements to the standard ARM N1 architecture to enable higher core counts, higher frequencies, and increased scalability.

  • Is Oracle Database available on Arm?

    You can connect applications running on Arm to Oracle Database today using the Oracle Instant Client. Learn more at https://www.oracle.com/database/technologies/instant-client.html. We are working on future support for Oracle Database.

  • Is Ampere Altra an exclusive offering to OCI?

    Ampere Altra is a generally available CPU that is available to both cloud and on-premises enterprise customers. OCI is the first major cloud service provider to offer Ampere Altra CPUs in a pay-as-you-go model.