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Qualcomm and Red Hat collaborate to advance the ARM server software ecosystem at Linaro Connect

Mar 9, 2016

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At the Linaro Connect event in Bangkok this week, Qualcomm’s momentum in developing the ecosystem for its server chips based on ARM’s 64-bit architecture took another step forward. Today, Qualcomm Technologies (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm, announced that it is currently collaborating with Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of Linux-based open source solutions, to port Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux Server for ARM Development Preview onto QTI’s server platforms.

[See what Jon Masters, chief ARM architect at Red Hat, had to say as he kicked off ARM Enterprise Day here.]

QTI and Red Hat successfully booted Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM on QTI’s Server Development Platform (SDP). What this means is that Red Hat's unsupported ARM operating system is now available for partners through Red Hat’s ARM Partner Early Access Program (PEAP). This could be installed on QTI’s SDP to enable faster development of new applications for enterprise servers using ARM SoCs.

QTI’s SDP adheres to the ARM Server Base System Architecture (SBSA), which enables a single operating system image to run on multiple ARM platforms, accelerating software development and supporting compatibility across multiple 64-bit ARM platforms.

Red Hat's development preview of an open standards-based ARM operating system supports 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture and brings a familiar environment and tooling to existing customers to help users enjoy a consistent experience across architectures with simplified porting and development efforts. When combined with QTI’s SDP, the comprehensive solution provides developers with an experience that “just works.”

In October, QTI did the first live demonstration of its server technology featuring a pre-production 24-core System-on a-chip (SoC) based on the ARMv8-A instruction set. At that time, the company also announced technology collaborations with both Xilinx and Mellanox to accelerate FPGA-enabled dynamic workload acceleration and Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions.

Today’s announcement marks another milestone for Qualcomm and Red Hat as well as other key companies in the enterprise server landscape, as Qualcomm and other technology partners continue to drive the ARM server ecosystem forward.

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