“The initial priorities likely will be around a boot architecture and
single kernel system image across SoCs—it’s important for OEMs to have
everyone use the same boot architecture,” said Grey.
challenges are probably around some of the new 64-bit technologies,
Java and full optimization of user space languages like Ruby, and the
Cassandra stacks relied on to run Hadoop,” he said.
this is being done early on with V8 [ARM’s 64-bit architecture] is a
strong sign the ARM community recognizes we will be more powerful if we
do this together once than if everyone tries to do it on their own,” he
Members of LEG and the Linux Foundation applauded the new effort in a press statement.
number of leading companies involved in LEG is a clear indication of
the requirement in this space and we look forward to working with them
to accelerate the development of the ARM server software ecosystem,”
said Teresa He, president of HiSilicon, the semiconductor division of
“Ubuntu Server has enabled developers to start building
prototypes and implementing ARM-based servers, and LEG provides context
for us to build on this leadership and to help accelerate the commercial
adoption of hyperscale and ARM servers" said Jane Silber, CEO at
Linaro is now the third-largest company contributor to
the Linux 3.5 kernel. “In the last year or so, ARM has turned around to
be an outstanding citizen in the open source world,” said Linaro’s Grey
enterprise efforts will bring together software engineers to help
accelerate Linux development for ARM servers, and we're confident that
this new group will advance Linux and offer additional choices to Linux
users around the world.” Said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.