Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Sep 2010 13:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems So, we have Intel and AMD. These guys are doing pretty well in laptops, servers, and of course desktops, but when it comes to mobile devices, they've so far been unable to adapt the x86 architecture to the stricter requirements that come with those devices. ARM, on the other hand, pretty much owns this market at this point. And you know what? It's time for Intel and AMD to get worried - really worried. ARM has just announced its Cortex-A15 MPCore chips - which will reach 2.5Ghz in quad-core configurations.
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RE: Why not?
by lemur2 on Fri 10th Sep 2010 01:43 UTC in reply to "Why not?"
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ARM don't make processors themselves, and it seems none of their partners are making chips for anything other than embedded uses... It remains to be seen wether anyone will take up these new server oriented designs or not.

There will be a lot of resistance to them, as initially there will be little or no closed source software for them... No windows, no oracle etc... Even support by mainstream linux distributions is lacking in some areas, and linux is generally just a recompile away.

Personally i would love to migrate to ARM based servers, everything i'm running is open source and power is my biggest expense these days.

Oracle runs on Linux.

The current state of the art for real-world production of ARM chips that you can actuall buy, today, is the Samsung Orion: dual-core Cortex A9 @ 1 GHz.

This chip is designed to handle true high-definition (1080p) video. It is already at desktop-level performance capability.

Gather together say 16 of these chips and you have the basis of a high-performance enterprise server (for use with oracle on linux, say, or as a high-traffic enterprise web server).

Gather together a few thousand of them and you have a supercomputer that can run on batteries.

As for support by Linux ...

Linux runs everywhere.

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