ARM Ecosystem Collaborates to Deliver Initial Server Platform Standard

Acce짯le짯ra짯tes data cen짯ter soft짯ware deve짯lo짯p짯ment for ARM-based servers

Cam짯bridge, UK 29 Janu짯ary 2014 ARM짰 today announ짯ced the col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯ve deve짯lo짯p짯ment and imme짯dia짯te avai짯la짯bi짯li짯ty of a plat짯form stan짯dard for ARMv8멇 based (64-bit) ser짯vers, known as the ARM 쁓er짯ver Base Sys짯tem Archi짯tec짯tu짯re (SBSA) spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on. This effort included input and sup짯port from soft짯ware com짯pa짯nies such as Cano짯ni짯cal, Citrix, Lin짯a짯ro, Micro짯soft, Red Hat and SUSE, and ori짯gi짯nal equip짯ment manu짯fac짯tu짯r짯ers (OEMs) inclu짯ding Dell and HP along with a broad set of sili짯con part짯ners. This spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on pro짯vi짯des a frame짯work for the deploy짯ment of inno짯va짯ti짯ve ARM archi짯tec짯tu짯re-based solu짯ti짯ons in data cen짯ter appli짯ca짯ti짯ons, and it will help acce짯le짯ra짯te soft짯ware deve짯lo짯p짯ment and enable por짯ta짯bi짯li짯ty bet짯ween ARM-based plat짯forms. This spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on is focu짯sed on alig짯ning the ARM part짯ner짯ship around key sys짯tem ele짯ments; empowe짯ring the eco짯sys짯tem to build dif짯fe짯ren짯tia짯ted, value-added solu짯ti짯ons that acce짯le짯ra짯te inno짯va짯ti짯on and choice in the marketplace.

Data cen짯ters demand stan짯dards-based soft짯ware and hard짯ware offe짯rings to ensu짯re ease of deploy짯ment and mana짯gea짯bi짯li짯ty. Releasing the SBSA spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on marks the begin짯ning of a broa짯der stan짯dar짯diza짯ti짯on acti짯vi짯ty that will sim짯pli짯fy the deve짯lo짯p짯ment and deploy짯ment pro짯cess for the enti짯re deve짯lo짯per eco짯sys짯tem from sili짯con to soft짯ware, and all the way through to end-users. This initia짯ti짯ve will acce짯le짯ra짯te the soft짯ware eco짯sys짯tem for ARM-based ser짯vers by pro짯vi짯ding ope짯ra짯ting sys짯tem ven짯dors (OSVs) and inde짯pen짯dent soft짯ware ven짯dors (ISVs) the abili짯ty to deli짯ver tech짯no짯lo짯gy that addres짯ses the enti짯re짯ty of the ARM ser짯ver com짯mu짯ni짯ty, fea짯turing a rich, broad set of devices and plat짯forms in a com짯mon way.

As ARM셲 data cen짯ter eco짯sys짯tem con짯ti짯nues its rapid growth, this mile짯stone enables part짯ners to focus on their inno짯va짯ti짯on while buil짯ding on stan짯dards that help sim짯pli짯fy their deve짯lo짯p짯ment and acce짯le짯ra짯te their time-to-mar짯ket, said Mike Mull짯er, chief tech짯no짯lo짯gy offi짯cer, ARM. 쏛s owners and ste짯wards of the ARM archi짯tec짯tu짯re, we are plea짯sed to col짯la짯bo짯ra짯te with other indus짯try lea짯ders to dri짯ve stan짯dards that enable OS, firm짯ware and soft짯ware deve짯lo짯pers to rapidly deve짯lop and deploy on ARM-based servers.

We are extre짯me짯ly plea짯sed to see ARM take the짯se steps, which we belie짯ve are very much in line with the prin짯ci짯ples of the Open Com짯pu짯te Pro짯ject, said Frank Fran짯kovs짯ky, pre짯si짯dent and chair짯man, Open Com짯pu짯te Pro짯ject Foun짯da짯ti짯on. 쏷he짯se stan짯dar짯diza짯ti짯on efforts will help speed adop짯ti짯on of ARM in the dat짯a짯cen짯ter by pro짯vi짯ding con짯su짯mers and soft짯ware deve짯lo짯pers with the con짯sis짯ten짯cy and pre짯dic짯ta짯bi짯li짯ty they requi짯re, and by hel짯ping increase the pace of inno짯va짯ti짯on in ARM tech짯no짯lo짯gies by eli짯mi짯na짯ting gra짯tui짯tous dif짯fe짯ren짯tia짯ti짯on in are짯as like device enu짯me짯ra짯ti짯on and boot pro짯cess. Mobi짯li짯ty and the Inter짯net of Things (IoT) are dri짯ving the rapid adop짯ti짯on of cloud-based ser짯vices, and data cen짯ter ope짯ra짯tors have to adapt to the shif짯ting cha짯rac짯te짯ristics of the짯se new workloads. In order to effi짯ci짯ent짯ly meet the짯se demands, the indus짯try is see짯king a richer choice of tar짯ge짯ted solu짯ti짯ons whe짯re soft짯ware por짯ta짯bi짯li짯ty and stan짯dar짯diza짯ti짯on are key deploy짯ment considerations.

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쏛dop짯ting indus짯try stan짯dards and defi짯ning base plat짯forms are essen짯ti짯al for crea짯ting a healt짯hy ARM-based 64-bit ser짯ver eco짯sys짯tem, said Dr. Leen짯dert van Doorn, cor짯po짯ra짯te fel짯low and cor짯po짯ra짯te vice pre짯si짯dent, AMD. AMD is exci짯ted to have work짯ed with ARM on the Ser짯ver Base Sys짯tem Archi짯tec짯tu짯re requi짯re짯ments, and the public release of this spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on will acce짯le짯ra짯te the adop짯ti짯on of ARM-based 64-bit servers.

쏻ith X멒ene as the first pro짯duct in the indus짯try to be SBSA com짯pli짯ant, Appli짯ed짯Mi짯cro is in full sup짯port of the ARM ser짯ver stan짯dar짯diza짯ti짯on efforts, said Dr. Paramesh Gopi, pre짯si짯dent and chief exe짯cu짯ti짯ve offi짯cer, Appli짯ed짯Mi짯cro. 쏝rin짯ging tog짯e짯ther OS ven짯dors, ser짯ver OEMs and sili짯con pro짯vi짯ders to work cohe짯si짯ve짯ly is pro짯vi짯ding a ful짯ly inter-ope짯ra짯ble stan짯dard plat짯form at the same time fos짯te짯ring inno짯va짯ti짯on resul짯ting in com짯pel짯ling ser짯ver solutions.

쏝road짯com stron짯gly belie짯ves in the value of stan짯dar짯diza짯ti짯on and ensu짯ring soft짯ware inter짯ope짯ra짯bi짯li짯ty for the long-term suc짯cess of the 64-bit ARM archi짯tec짯tu짯re, said Ron Jan짯kov, seni짯or vice pre짯si짯dent and gene짯ral mana짯ger, Pro짯ces짯sors and Wire짯less Infra짯struc짯tu짯re, Broad짯com. 쏻ith the ARM 64-bit archi짯tec짯tu짯re, Broad짯com is uni짯que짯ly posi짯tio짯ned to pro짯vi짯de lea짯der짯ship in the 64-bit ARM eco짯sys짯tem with ser짯ver-class CPUs, best-in-class hard짯ware acce짯le짯ra짯ti짯on, and data-cen짯ter net짯wor짯king expertise.

쏛RM-based ser짯vers have the poten짯ti짯al to trans짯form the dat짯a짯cen짯ter eco짯sys짯tem back into a dyna짯mic, inno짯va짯ti짯ve mar짯ket, said Chris짯ti짯an Reis, vice pre짯si짯dent, Hypers짯ca짯le Com짯pu짯ting, Cano짯ni짯cal. 쏻e see the SBSA effort remo짯ving bar짯riers to adop짯ti짯on by pro짯vi짯ding a frame짯work for sys짯tem imple짯men짯ta짯ti짯on that any tech짯no짯lo짯gy sup짯pli짯er can easi짯ly under짯stand and fol짯low. Cano짯ni짯cal ful짯ly sup짯ports this effort and is com짯mit짯ted to SBSA com짯pli짯ance for our Ubun짯tu Ser짯ver pro짯duct family.

쏞avium셲 Pro짯ject Thun짯der will pro짯vi짯de a fami짯ly of mul짯ti짯co짯re ARMv8 64-bit ser짯ver-class pro짯ces짯sors for the cloud and data cen짯ters, said Gopal Heg짯de, vice pre짯si짯dent and gene짯ral mana짯ger, Data Cen짯ter Pro짯ces짯sor Group, Cavi짯um. 쏻orking clo짯se짯ly with ARM and the eco짯sys짯tem, the Thun짯der pro짯duct offe짯ring will pro짯vi짯de a com짯pre짯hen짯si짯ve workload opti짯mi짯zed port짯fo짯lio solu짯ti짯on that will be inter짯ope짯ra짯ble across mul짯ti짯ple manage짯ment and orchestra짯ti짯on stan짯dards. We applaud ARM셲 lea짯der짯ship in spear짯hea짯ding the Ser짯ver Plat짯form Stan짯dard that will acce짯le짯ra짯te the adop짯ti짯on of the ARM archi짯tec짯tu짯re in the data cen짯ter and cloud environment.

쏞itrix is the cloud com짯pa짯ny that enables mobi짯le work짯styl짯es. Citrix is com짯mit짯ted to open stan짯dards and has been recent짯ly enga짯ged in the Ser짯ver Base Sys짯tem Archi짯tec짯tu짯re dis짯cus짯sion. We see the publi짯ca짯ti짯on of the docu짯ment as a posi짯ti짯ve move for the indus짯try, said Ahmed Sal짯lam, vice pre짯si짯dent and chief tech짯no짯lo짯gy offi짯cer, Hard짯ware, Secu짯ri짯ty, Emer짯ging Solu짯ti짯ons and IP, Citrix Sys짯tems. 쏷he SBSA will fos짯ter the ARM-based ser짯ver eco짯sys짯tem and will act as a foun짯da짯ti짯on for the coming years. Citrix will remain enga짯ged in SBSA dis짯cus짯sions and we will con짯ti짯nue to pro짯vi짯de our input based on what bene짯fits our indus짯try, part짯ners and customers.

쏰pen and stan짯dards-based tech짯no짯lo짯gies have been a cor짯ner짯stone of Dell셲 phi짯lo짯so짯phy for 30 years, said Bri짯an Pay짯ne, exe짯cu짯ti짯ve direc짯tor of ser짯ver solu짯ti짯ons for Dell. 쏛s mul짯ti짯ple ARMv8 ser짯ver sys짯tem-on-chips beco짯me available, it셲 important that we can effec짯tively deli짯ver new inno짯va짯tions and free짯dom of choice to our cus짯to짯mers. A well-defi짯ned, stan짯dards-based plat짯form is instru짯men짯tal in pro짯vi짯ding OS por짯ta짯bi짯li짯ty and a fami짯li짯ar user expe짯ri짯ence to our cus짯to짯mers see짯king to deploy the짯se new clas짯ses of ser짯ver offe짯rings. We are plea짯sed with the pro짯gress the ARM eco짯sys짯tem has made towards achie짯ving this signi짯fi짯cant goal.

HP has sup짯port짯ed ARM셲 stan짯dar짯diza짯ti짯on effort sin짯ce its incep짯ti짯on, reco짯gni짯zing the bene짯fits of an exten짯si짯ble plat짯form with value-added fea짯tures, said Dong Wei, HP fel짯low. 쏻ith the new SBSA spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on, we are able to estab짯lish a sim짯pli짯fied base짯line for deploy짯ing ARM-based solu짯ti짯ons and look for짯ward to future HP pro짯ducts based on the ARM architecture.

쏷he ARM archi짯tec짯tu짯re and busi짯ness model is uni짯que in enab짯ling rapid inno짯va짯ti짯on from mul짯ti짯ple ARM licen짯sees. Many com짯pa짯nies are now buil짯ding inno짯va짯ti짯ve and dif짯fe짯ren짯tia짯ted solu짯ti짯ons for the next gene짯ra짯ti짯on low-power data cen짯ter, said David Rus짯ling, chief tech짯ni짯cal offi짯cer, Lin짯a짯ro. ARMSBSA is a cri짯ti짯cal com짯po짯nent of enab짯ling tech짯no짯lo짯gy to stan짯dar짯di짯ze the com짯mon part of the짯se solu짯ti짯ons, and we look for짯ward to working with ARM and ARM셲 licen짯sees on uti짯li짯zing this tech짯no짯lo짯gy to acce짯le짯ra짯te the deploy짯ment of a broad ran짯ge of ARM짯v8-based ser짯ver products.

Red Hat:
쏶tan짯dar짯diza짯ti짯on is essen짯ti짯al to the suc짯cessful adop짯ti짯on and deploy짯ment of modern com짯pu짯ter archi짯tec짯tures, such as ARMv8. At Red Hat, we are proud of our ongo짯ing col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on with ARM on ser짯ver stan짯dards, such as the ARM Ser짯ver Base Sys짯tem Archi짯tec짯tu짯re, said Jon Mas짯ters, chief ARM archi짯tect, Red Hat. 쏷oday셲 announce짯ment marks the begin짯ning of a series of exci짯ting and important deve짯lo짯p짯ments in terms of plat짯form stan짯dards for the ARM archi짯tec짯tu짯re. We look for짯ward to con짯ti짯nuing to bring our uni짯que insight as the world셲 lea짯ding sup짯pli짯er of Open Source ser짯ver tech짯no짯lo짯gies, working with ARM, and the ARM part짯ner짯ship, to dri짯ve the adop짯ti짯on of a uni짯fied com짯mon plat짯form approach that will faci짯li짯ta짯te the deploy짯ment of ARM at Hyperscale.

SUSE has work짯ed on and sup짯port짯ed deve짯lo짯p짯ment around ARM pro짯ces짯sors for seve짯ral years, and we anti짯ci짯pa짯te ARM pro짯ces짯sor adop짯ti짯on in cloud, big data and high-per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯ting appli짯ca짯ti짯ons, said Ralf Fla짯xa, vice pre짯si짯dent of engi짯nee짯ring, SUSE. SUSE wel짯co짯mes the SBSA stan짯dar짯diza짯ti짯on efforts and is proud to con짯tri짯bu짯te to the ser짯ver plat짯form standard셲 deve짯lo짯p짯ment. As the mar짯ket emer짯ges, this stan짯dard will beco짯me a key fac짯tor deter짯mi짯ning suc짯cess in the enter짯pri짯se eco짯sys짯tem, and we look for짯ward to working with plat짯forms that imple짯ment it.

Texas Instru짯ments:
쏛s an ear짯ly inno짯va짯tor of uni짯que ser짯ver-gra짯de Key짯Stone SoCs that com짯bi짯ne digi짯tal signal pro짯ces짯sors, ARM Cor짯tex pro짯ces짯sors, packet pro짯ces짯sing, secu짯ri짯ty acce짯le짯ra짯ti짯on and Ether짯net swit짯ching, TI applauds the ARM eco짯sys짯tem for its col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on on deli짯ve짯ring the SBSA spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on, said Bill Mills, chief tech짯no짯lo짯gist for open source, Texas Instru짯ments. 쏶tan짯dar짯diza짯ti짯ons, such as SBSA, enable soft짯ware sim짯pli짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on wit짯hout impac짯ting the inno짯va짯ti짯on our hete짯ro짯ge짯neous com짯pu짯te ele짯ments bring to high-per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯te customers.

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