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Extending ARM’s Ecosystem for Server Developers

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Developers traveling to Boston for the Red Hat Summit, one of the industry’s premier open source technology events, are in for a treat! They will get a sneak peek at some exciting new 64-bit ARM® development platforms featuring the AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series processor (codenamed “Seattle”). 

How would you like an affordable and compact 160x120mm board to jump start your development efforts with AArch64? AMD and Linaro have been collaborating to develop a 96Boards Enterprise Edition (EE) specification that is ideal for the individual developer. Targeting the server and networking markets, the board will feature a 4-core AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor with two SO-DIMM memory slots, PCIe®, USB, SATA, and Gigabit Ethernet capabilities. Popular operating systems such as CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM Development Preview are targeted for use with this particular board. Additional software downloads, updates, and a forum for software developers will be available via the 96Boards web site. The board is slated to be available in 2H 2015 from distribution partners worldwide and it will be supported through the Linaro Enterprise Group’s site.

If you are looking for a more traditional server-type development environment, AMD is also showcasing a sleek 1U half-depth rack mount developer system by SoftIron, an enterprise technology innovation company based in the UK. This system, which targets more robust development and application testing environments, will be running proof-of-concept demos during the Red Hat Summit of Hadoop big data framework and the Ceph storage platform on the just announced Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM Development Preview. The SoftIron system features an 8-core AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor, two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 8 SATA3 ports, 8 lanes of PCIe Gen3, and advanced memory characteristics. Systems are scheduled to be available from SoftIron in 2H 2015. SoftIron is dedicated to developing next generation enterprise computing products and has been collaborating with AMD on low power, highly efficient platforms that utilize the AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor.

Red Hat has a long track record of developing open source software and driving standards for 64-bit ARM architecture in a collaborative and transparent environment. The Red Hat Summit will feature several sessions focused on ARM technology including Developing Red Hat Enterprise Linux for 64-bit ARM: Platform standardization for customer success by Jon Masters and Yan Fisher on Wednesday, June 24.

We are excited about the role the AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor is playing in accelerating the 64-bit ARM server ecosystem. The upcoming 96Board EE and SoftIron development platforms are the perfect vehicles for broadening development activities. Come see for yourself - these platforms are on display at Red Hat Summit at the AMD booth (1220) and ARM booth (1216).

Michael Detwiler is a Product Marketing Manager for the AMD Server Business Unit. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.