Semiconductor startup Tachyum has joined the OpenBMC Project as a contributor to the community seeking to define standards for a standard Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) firmware stack. The stack will work across heterogeneous systems, including enterprise, HPC, telco and cloud-scale data centers.
For the uninitiated, BMCs are specialized controllers that monitor the state of a computer or hardware, including aspects such as system health, log events for failure analysis, and a range of remote management capabilities.
Tachyum will be among the contributors from across the industry helping to define and create the OpenBMC stack to ensure the greatest access and control to those involved in the management of remotely deployed server systems.
“With Tachyum developing its Prodigy Universal Processor to serve as a replacement for the majority of existing chips provisioned in hyperscale data centers, we felt it was important to be a part of the community developing standards for an OpenBMC stack that will be adopted by the majority of the industry. We look forward to contributing with our fellow participants on this significant project,” said Dr. Radoslav Danilak, Tachyum founder and CEO.
Tachyum is working to provide its OEM/ODM and system integrators with complete software and firmware for motherboard reference designs, including UEFI and BMC firmware for the Tachyum Prodigy Universal Processor. Enabling fast and wide deployment of the Tachyum technology, which recently achieved a verified physical design of more than 90 percent of the design silicon area, is the key focus of the company.
Prodigy, the company’s 64-core flagship product, is scheduled for high-rate production in 2021. It is said to outperform the fastest Xeon processors at 10x lower power (core vs. core) on data center workloads, as well as outperforming NVIDIA’s fastest GPU on neural net AI training and inference.