ARM Adds Virtualization Support

ARM Adds Virtualization Support


August 25, 2010

ARM has recently announced two extensions to its ARMv7-A instruction set. According to this report on PC Mag, both virtualization and large physical address support have been added in a bid to push the ARM architecture into the data center. The story also notes that both extensions are ideally suited to servers, a market which has traditionally been dominated by the Intel Xeon, the AMD Opteron.


"The first instantiation of the ARMv&-A instructions will be part of the 'Eagle' architecture. David Brash, the architecture program manager for ARM who presented the new instruction-set extensions at the Hot Chips conference here said that ARM was 'very close to releasing that design'.

"Both extensions are ideally suited to servers, a market which has been traditionally been dominated by the Intel Xeon, the AMD Opteron, and, to a lesser extent, various proprietary RISC architectures. While server processors have traditionally been the Cadillac of chip designs, sacrificing little in their quest for top-of-the-line performance, IT managers of late have been asking for lower power consumption to reduce their servers' power consumption and resulting costs, part of the total cost of ownership equation."

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