Whenever I talk about the AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series processor (codenamed “Seattle”) one of the first questions I get asked is “how is the software ecosystem for ARM servers maturing?” It is an established fact that the success of ARM® servers requires the right combination of software to support today’s demanding data center workloads. It’s also a fact that finding that perfect combination doesn’t just happen overnight – and as you likely know, we’ve dedicated significant time, energy and resources into building a stable ecosystem for ARM servers….and the fun has only just begun for 2015.
I am happy to report that the recent releases of Fedora 21 and Xen 4.5 will support the AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series processor! These are two significant milestones toward achieving our goal of a robust software ecosystem to drive the adoption of ARM server technology. Fedora 21 and Xen 4.5 join OpenSUSE 13.2 in providing developers using AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series 64-bit ARM Developer kits a growing base of operating systems and hypervisors to choose from.
In December, the Fedora ARM Team announced the release of Fedora 21 for AArch64, a game-changing technology ready to run in the emerging world of ARM servers. Fedora 21 for AArch64 delivers the software infrastructure needed to run basic server applications stacks, such as storage and file serving (Ceph, GlusterFS, XFS), Web server (Apache, Tomcat), database server (MySQL), and developer tools (OpenJDK, Phython, Perl). It also includes KVM for developers who want to take an early look at virtualization on ARM server platforms. Fedora is developed by the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora community, providing users with access to their latest free and open source software.
In January, the Xen Project announced the release for Xen 4.5. Spanning across x86 and ARM architectures and several server platforms, Xen 4.5 features a hypervisor code base with increased usability, simplicity and innovation. The Xen Project provides an overview of its ARM Hypervisor-Specific updates including UEFI booting, IOMMU, and Super Pages support. While not all features made this release, Xen 4.5 provides the basics needed to begin creating virtualization environments on ARM servers. The Xen Project is a collaborative project of the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux® and collaborative software development.
2015 promises to be a big year for the ARM64 software ecosystem, so be sure to stay tuned for further developments. Industry leaders in Linux on ARM - including AMD, the Linux Foundation, and Red Hat - will be gathering in February in Hong Kong for Linaro Connect to showcase the latest in software developments and optimizing ARM technology.
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