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02 November 2012, 10:01

Linaro creates ARM enterprise server group

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Linaro logo As the ARM architecture prepares for a future not only powering consumer devices but also driving a new generation of power-sipping high-density enterprise servers, Linaro, the not-for-profit group created to develop open source software for ARM, has announced the creation of an enterprise group to help drive forward collaboration in the new space.

In the process of launching the Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG), existing Linaro members ARM, HiSilicon, Samsung and ST-Ericsson have been joined by new members AMD, AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Canonical, Cavium, Facebook, HP, Marvell and Red Hat. The membership of the group therefore covers everything from architecture design, through chip fabrication and server development, to server builders and operating system vendors. “We are especially pleased with the broad industry support and to be working with commercial Linux providers and OEMs in addition to SoC vendors to ensure that we meet the requirements of all members of the ecosystem" said George Gray, CEO of Linaro.

The new group's first focus will be working on creating a low-level Linux boot architecture and kernel software to be used by the members in developing their 32-bit and 64-bit servers. Initial software is expected to be delivered by the end of the year and then enhanced regularly thereafter.

Linaro brings together engineers from member organisations to work and collaborate within the group's neutral environment rather than the more traditional model of engineers working from within their own companies and the companies collaborating. The group became the third largest contributor the the Linux 3.5 kernel, but it has to be noted that that was in part due to them cleaning up and reorganising ARM support in the kernel after Linus Torvalds had complained of sprawl and complexity of ARM source trees.

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