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The ARM Server Ecosystem Continues to Gain Momentum

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SUSE Linux has officially released the much anticipated 13.2 version of its popular openSUSE distribution. One of the most exciting aspects of openSUSE 13.2 is its support for AArch64 (ARMv8). At AMD we are thrilled that the AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series processor (codenamed “Seattle”) is one of the hardware platforms supported by openSUSE 13.2, making it the first generally available Linux distribution that offers direct support for AMD’s upcoming ARM-based processor.

SUSE engineers have been actively involved in developing ARM software for a while – in fact they were responsible for developing an AArch64 port of QEMU, a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer that enables the building of AArch64 software in emulation. The QEMU code has been employed to advance the AArch64 porting work done in openSUSE and has played a major role in openSUSE being one of the first generally available, fully built, general purpose Linux distribution for AArch64.

Most of the usual openSUSE distribution (>6000 packages) are available in openSUSE 13.2 for AArch64, providing a robust platform for developing and evaluating applications. There is a rich set of developer tools, the software components needed to run web tier applications based on the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQl, and PHP, Python, or Perl), and OpenJDK 7 for testing Java-based applications. The entire listing of the software components included in OpenSUSE 13.2 for AArch64 available on-line.

This is not the first time that SUSE Linux has taken a lead in offering support for AMD innovation. If you travel back in time twelve years to March 20, 2002, SUSE Linux announced that their Linux operating system would offer full 64-bit support for the x86 AMD Opteron processor. Fast forward back to today and we see a similar milestone - with openSUSE and AMD technologies once again delivering to the server world a straightforward path to a next era of 64-bit computing. Image data centers where servers based on ARM are seamlessly interacting with the growing world of ARM-based devices. The scalable, cost and power efficient nature of ARM processors make them ideal for processing large amounts of information and undertaking high I/O tasks.

“SUSE and AMD have a long history of collaborating to drive new features and functions into the market,” said Vojtěch Pavlík, Director of SUSE Labs. “The release of openSUSE 13.2 with AArch64 support is another significant event in this partnership. SUSE looks forward to continuing to work with AMD on new innovations.”

The openSUSE 13.2 support for AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series processor reflects AMD’s continued leadership in driving the AArch64 software ecosystem through collaboration and partnerships. AMD showcased demonstrations of the LAMP Stack and Wordpress  in May, was a target partner of the Red Hat Early Access Program  announced in July, and most recently showcased Hadoop running with the Oracle JDK at JavaOne in September.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the work we’re doing with SUSE, be sure to catch our very own Karl Freund, corporate vice president, Product Management and Marketing, Server Business Unit, who will present a session on “Seattle” in the SUSE booth at SuperComputing 2014 on Wed, Nov 19th at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Margaret Lewis is the Director of Software, Server Business Unit at AMD.  Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. 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.

*Originally Posted by Guest Blogger in AMD on Jan 29, 2015 5:38:16 PM