Red Hat: Open Source ARM Platform Gets Closer to Prime Time
Red Hat's investment in ARM hardware is heating up. This week, the company announced that more than 35 hardware and software companies have joined its ARM Partner Early Access Program, and that it expects its partners to begin delivering ARM software and drivers to the open source community starting now.
Red Hat‘s (RHT) investment in ARM hardware is heating up. This week, the company announced that more than 35 hardware and software companies have joined its ARM Partner Early Access Program, and that it expects its partners to begin delivering ARM software and drivers to the open source community starting now.
Red Hat created the ARM Partner Early Access Program last July, with nine initial participating organizations. The initiative’s goal is to prepare the open source community to build a software platform for 64-bit ARMv8-A processors, which are becoming increasingly important in hardware solutions across the channel.
ARMv8-A support is already out there. Current versions of iOS and Android can run software on ARMv8-A chips, and the Linux kernel has supported the architecture since 2012. Red Hat, however, is eager to implement software solutions for the architecture that provide the assurance of certification and are based on open standards.
The expansion of the ARM partner program to more than 35 participating organizations brings Red Hat, and the open source community, closer to a standards-based, feature-rich, open ARMv8-A platform. And since the partners have met requirements for compatibility with the ARM architecture in their products, Red Hat said it expects them now to begin contributing “system-specific software and drivers to an open source upstream Linux community for incorporation into future commercial offerings.”
“Since its launch just over six months ago, the Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program has achieved two critical goals, driving significant interest and participation from both hardware vendors and independent software vendors as well as the successful completion of the hardware enablement phase,” said Mike Werner, senior director, Global Technology Ecosystems at Red Hat. “The program is a perfect example of how Red Hat, along with our vast network of partners and ISVs, drives standardization within specific technology segments, with the ultimate goal of delivery of fully tested and certified solutions to the marketplace.”
So if you’re wondering when the ARM hype that has predominated over the last several years will translate into large-scale commercial deployments, the answer from Red Hat is “pretty soon.” Stay tuned.