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ARM, Red Hat, AppliedMicro to develop disruptive 64bit server platform

30 Oct 2012

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ARM, Red Hat and Applied Micro Circuits have teamed up to develop a disruptive 64bit server design platform that aims to cut the total cost of ownership (TCO) 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 unprecedented low power, high performance and integration.

Red Hat is actively engaged in developing support within the Fedora community for the 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."

"We are excited to support AppliedMicro's innovation as it develops 64bit ARM powered server system-on-a-chips," said Tom Cronk, deputy general manager, processor division, ARM. "ARM's business model is centred on partnership, and this collaboration is a further example of ARM ensuring that a compelling software ecosystem coalesces. The ecosystem will enable the industry to take full advantage of the device innovation and integration underway for deployment in the server market."

"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, GM, 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. We believe this collaboration with ARM and Red Hat will transform the cloud server market."




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