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October 29, 2012

ARM, Red Hat and AMCC to develop 64-bit server platform

The Applied Micro X-Gene Server on a Chip that is compliant with the ARMv8 architecture

By CBR Staff Writer

ARM, Red Hat and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) have partnered to develop a 64-bit server design platform to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of cloud computing, data centres and enterprises.

The Applied Micro X-Gene Server on a Chip that will be compliant with the ARMv8 architecture will be built to deliver low power, high performance and integration.

Red Hat will be responsible for developing support within the Fedora community for the new 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, also called as AArch64.

Red Hat chief ARM architect Jon Masters said that the company’s labs have community-powered Fedora Linux distribution running on its AppliedMicro hardware.

"Red Hat is collaborating with AppliedMicro to enable support for ARM’s 64-bit ARMv8 architecture used in the upcoming X-Gene Server-on-Chip designs," Masters said.

"We aim to have a remix of Fedora 19 available in time to support the roll out of that platform."

AppliedMicro general manager of X-Gene Vinay Ravuri said that 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.

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"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 center workloads," Ravuri said.

The unveiling of the initial support for the X-Gene platform being added to the Fedora Linux distribution will be at the upcoming 2012 ARM TechCon on 1 November 2012.

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