With the allure of a good book on the beach stealing everyone’s attention this summer, you may have missed three important developments in the Linux community to support ARM in the datacenter. The first was the announcement that with the new Fedora 19, Fedora has released ARM and x86 support simultaneously. This was made possible, in part, thanks to a Boston Viridis build-farm installed earlier this year. ARM support is now available in media and installer images for TI OMAP4, nVidia Tegra 2, and Calxeda ECX-1000 (Highbank). This represents a key milestone in providing complete Linux packages for ARM based development, appropriate for customers who roll-their-own OS from open source. (Note that the Ubuntu community already enjoys a fully supported enterprise OS for ARM, thanks to the work of Canonical Ltd, a long-time supporter of the ARM architecture.)
Next on deck for your summer reading pleasure, is the release of Xen 4.3 for ARM V7 and V8 architectures by the Xen Project, enabling hypervisor support for 32- and 64-bit ARM SOCs. Once again, this work was done on a Calxeda-based Boston Viridis system.
Finally, today ARM and Oracle announced the next phase of their collaborative relationship to optimize Javafor ARM-based servers and embedded SOCs, extending their work to 32- and 64-bit optimization:
- Agreement will provide ARM architecture support for key markets e.g. data centers, network infrastructure and embedded computing
- Oracle JVM optimized further for 32-bit products and ported over and optimized for ARMv8 64-bit
- Additional areas for co-operation include improving boot-up performance, power savings and library optimization
Note that Oracle Java SE is a fundamental technology for all of the market areas mentioned above.
Ok, back to the beach…