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ARM, Red Hat, AppliedMicro form server platform alliance

Posted: 30 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud? data centre? 64bit server platform?

ARM has teamed up with open-source solutions developer Red Hat and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AppliedMicro) to develop a 64bit server design platform to significantly lower the total cost of ownership of cloud computing, data centres and enterprises.

Fully compliant with the ARMv8 architecture, the AppliedMicro X-Gene Server on a Chip has been purpose-built for cloud and enterprise server deployment to deliver low power, high performance and integration, with the goal of changing the way servers are designed for cloud, data centre and enterprise applications.

Red Hat is actively engaged in developing support within the Fedora community for the new 64bit ARMv8 architecture, also known as AArch64.

"We have a multi-year history in the ARM space, and already have our community-powered Fedora Linux distribution running on AppliedMicro hardware in our labs," said Jon Masters, Chief ARM Architect at Red Hat. "Red Hat is collaborating with AppliedMicro to enable support for ARM's 64bit ARMv8 architecture used in the upcoming X-Gene Server-on-Chip designs. We aim to have a remix of Fedora 19 available in time to support the roll out of that platform."

"The X-Gene platform is designed to enable web front end, big data, search and grid farm applications at a price/performance level previously not seen," said Vinay Ravuri, general manager, X-Gene, AppliedMicro. "Open source is a key piece of the equation that, when combined with our fully integrated, purpose-built Server-on-Chip, delivers the cost efficiency, power and performance needed to serve evolving data centre workloads."

A demonstration of the initial support for the X-Gene platform being added to the Fedora Linux distribution will be held by Masters at the upcoming ARM TechCon on November 1.

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