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Applied Micro Provides ARM Boost to openSUSE Build Service for Linux

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted March 30, 2016

The openSUSE Build Service (OBS) has a long history dating back to January 2007, when it was first announced. For the majority of its lifespan, OBS has enabled developers to easily build Linux packages for x86, but in recent years, ARM has become increasingly important.

OBS has now officially gained access to a new 64-BIT ARM capability, courtesy of Applied Micro, which donated a number of servers for development. OBS enables SUSE Linuxdevelopers to build packages in any number of formats for different Linux distributions.

"The openSUSE Build Service was certainly able to build/compile for ARMv8 prior to this donation using emulated compilation environments," David Byte, senior technology strategist for SUSE, told ServerWatch. "What this donation of hardware does is provide native ARMv8 build power."

Byte added that having native ARMv8 for OBS to build Linux packages provides greatly improved performance of the build environment, and it also simplifies the support and administration of the infrastructure to do so.

"The obvious benefit of this is that more packages can be built in less time," Byte said. "This is extremely important as the software ecosystem continues to grow around ARMv8."

Overall, Byte emphasized that at SUSE, ARM continues to move forward. SUSE made a major ARM announcement last July, bringing SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 to 64-bit ARM processors and has had traction since from partners and customers to the effort.

Perhaps the most visible SUSE ARM effort came with the announcement last fall of the launch of SUSE Enterprise Storage 2, which including the participation of SoftIron, Cavium and StackVelocity in an effort to bring commercially-supportable Ceph solutions to market on ARMv8 hardware.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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