Red Hat launched the ARM Partner Early Access Program last week, with the mission of creating industry standards for the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture. The program already includes participation from AMD, HP, Dell, ARM, Broadcom, AppliedMicro and Linaro.
The program fosters collaboration between partners and supplies developers with early development software and documentation. One of the most important collaboration tools within the program is Red Hat's Linux-based platform designed specifically for the 64-bit ARM architecture. The platform is currently unnamed but is built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
"Within the 64-bit ARM ecosystem, Red Hat is focused on creating a singular operating platform that relies on common standards to foster the development of new applications," states Red Hat's announcement. "The goal is to maintain expected enterprise-class attributes such as reliability, security, and performance for applications that are largely available today as open source projects."
Red Hat has already shown its commitment to the standardization of 64-bit ARM server hardware through their participation in the Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG) and the recent founding of the Server Base System Architecture (SBSA) standard. Released in January of this year, the SBSA involved collaboration between software and hardware manufacturers, including Citrix, Linaro, Microsoft, Dell and HP.
Red Hat sees the standardization of 64-bit ARM ecosystems as part of the required development for the realization of true hyperscale computing in the data center. Without a trusted standard, the implementation of this type of systems architecture will end up being a gamble at best. A successful platform standard for supporting ARMv8-A hardware, on the other hand, would create numerous opportunities for manufacturers.
"We are committed to helping our partners reshape the data center by fostering an emerging ecosystem, one based on open source software as well as industry standards," says Red Hat of its Partner Early Access Program. "Ultimately, we look to stand behind the innovation of our customers and partners as they explore 64-bit ARM system designs."
To learn more about Red Hat's ARM Partner Early Access Program, visit engage.redhat.com.