Cavium Collaborates with the Fedora Project to Support Project Thunder 64-bit ARMv8 Processors

Cavium Collaborates with the Fedora Project to Support Project Thunder 64-bit
                               ARMv8 Processors

Fedora Project software with Project Thunder processors will provide early
adopters with an end-to-end development solution for next generation cloud and
datacenter markets

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a
leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable
intelligent processing for networking, communications and the digital home,
today announced the Project Thunder software development platform kit (SDK)
and collaboration with the Fedora Project to support 64-bit ARM^®v8 systems in
a future Fedora release. The Fedora Project is a Red Hat, Inc-sponsored
community which produces the open source Linux distribution known as Fedora.
The Project Thunder SDK will be used by independent software vendors (ISVs),
data center and cloud vendors to develop software for 64-bit systems based on


The Project Thunder SDK offers application programmers a platform to start
developing their software for Project Thunder 64-bit ARMv8 processors. It
offers the Linux operating system, toolchain and example applications that
will enable ISVs and programmers to start distributed-computing development on
the latest 64-bit ARMv8 architecture. Additionally, a variety of applications
can be ported to scale workloads and execute them on thousands of cores and
virtual machines. These applications include, but are not limited to, web
frontends, enterprise data integration and messaging middleware, data center
and cloud management.

The Project Thunder SDK offers a complete ARMv8 development environment, and
provides programmers access to cache coherent 64-bit ARMv8 CPU cores,
interrupt controller, network connectivity, mass storage interface, timers,
System Memory Management Unit (SMMU) and console. It comes equipped with all
device drivers and utilities required for platform components including a
cross-developmental platform enabling programmers to write their own
applications or build third party packages for Thunder and a Unified
Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) compliant firmware used to boot OS

The Fedora Project recently unveiled Fedora 18, the latest version of its
free, open source operating system distribution, nicknamed "Spherical Cow."
32-bit ARM processor support has been included in the Fedora 18 distribution
since its Beta release, providing a robust set of features, including
installable pre-built system images, network boot support, and a yum
repository of software updates in RPM format. Red Hat engineers, in
conjunction with the broader Fedora community, are working on 64-bit ARMv8
processor support and have made initial images available for testing. Full
Fedora distribution support for 64-bit ARMv8 will follow in a later release.

"Building on our history of rapid innovation, we are enabling initial support
for emerging 64-bit ARMv8 processors such as Project Thunder in the Fedora
Project," said Jon Masters, Chief ARM Architect at Red Hat. "During our
initial testing, the Project Thunder SDK demonstrated stability, scalability
and performance that should make it an important component of the ARM 64-bit
ecosystem's development efforts. We look forward to continued collaboration
with Cavium, even ahead of silicon availability."

"Project Thunder will offer an innovative system-on-chip (SoC) that will
redefine performance, power and cost metrics for the next-generation cloud and
datacenter markets," said Amer Haider, Vice President Corporate and Business
Development, Cavium. "We are excited to work with the Fedora Project to enable
application development for Project Thunder SoCs."

The Project Thunder SDK is currently available for selected partners. ISVs and
application programmers interested in access can apply for an invitation by
completing the form at:

About  Project  Thunder:
Project Thunder provides a scalable family of 64-bit ARMv8 processors
incorporated into a highly differentiated SoC architecture optimized for cloud
and datacenter applications. The family of SoCs will integrate
high-performance compute, networking, security, storage along with targeted
workload application acceleration and high-speed industry standard IOs.
Project Thunder processors will provide significantly better price,
performance and power value proposition over alternative solutions for target
applications. For more information contact us at:

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About  Cavium
Cavium is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that
enable intelligent processing in networking, communications and the digital
home. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible
processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to over 100 Gbps that enable
secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center,
broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. Cavium's
processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems,
tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium's principal offices
are in San Jose, California with design team locations in California,
Massachusetts, India and China. For more information, please

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and  test  Project  Thunder  products  and  technologies;  Cavium's  ability 
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implementation  factors  for  Project  Thunder  products,  including  the 
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SOURCE Cavium, Inc.

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