The ARM cloud scene just got more interesting with Scaleway’s
of their new ARMv8 product.
We wanted to have a quick look at the performance of those ARM cores, so we spun
up a node and poked around. Here’s what we found.
The 4-core ARM Server
Scaleway’s “ARM64-4GB” is based on the ThunderX ARMv8 SoC from Cavium, and comes with 4 cores and
4GB RAM. From the UI, only Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian 8 images appear to be
Packet.net’s Type 2A ARMv8
servers also use Cavium ThunderX processors.
We spun up one of these and installed the OpsDash Smart Agent which is also available for
monitoring ARMv8 platforms.
Here’s the default dashboard for the instance:
You can see that the bundled 100GB SSD disk comes as two separate block devices.
Running a Benchmark
We ran a simple CPU benchmark, stressing all the cores:
The total time was 65.2214s. Considering what is coming up next, that is
impressive! Here is how the graphs looked during the execution:
The 4-Core Intel SoC
Since Scaleway also has a “VC1M” product with the same RAM and same number of
cores but running on Intel Atom C2750, we were curious as to what numbers that
would have. We spun up a VC1M node:
and tried the same benchmark:
This took more time, clocking in at 105.6248s, a good bunch more than the
Which made us even more curious – what numbers would we get on DigitalOcean and
A 4-core DigitalOcean Node
So we spun up a 4-core server on DigitalOcean that comes with 8GB RAM. Here’s
what /proc/cpuinfo said:
Again, we ran the same benchmark:
And we have a time of 89.1095s for this one.
Vultr offers a 4-core VM with 8GB RAM. The VMs do not expose the physical CPU
model or make, although they are Intel 64-bits. Here’s the sysbench result:
This was not a very scientific test, just a quick comparison of a new product.
However, the results are quite interesting, especially considering that the prices for
the products in this chart vary from €5.99 to $80 per month!
We are excited by the expanding ARM cloud offerings, and especially the way it’s
introducing different price ratios for CPU and RAM. Maybe we’re seeing the
beginning of hybrid-architecture cloud deployments? Interesting times!
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