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Red Hat unveils ARM Partner Early Access Programme

New initiative enables partner collaboration around data centre innovations based on 64-bit ARM architecture

Red Hat unveils ARM Partner Early Access Programme
Totton says the new scheme continues Red Hat's efforts to drive open standards.

Red Hat, Inc, a maker of open source solutions, has launched Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Programme, an initiative the company says will enhance partner collaboration and facilitate partner-initiated system designs based on the 64-bit capable ARMv8-A architecture that include Red Hat software.

The scheme is aimed at silicon vendors, independent hardware vendors (IHVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs), and launches with participation and support from several ARM ecosystem leaders, including AMD, American Megatrends Inc, AppliedMicro, ARM, Broadcom, Cavium, Dell, HP and Linaro.

Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit, Red Hat, said: “The Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Programme continues Red Hat’s efforts to drive open standards and best practices within the 64-bit ARM ecosystem, enabling tighter collaboration with leading innovators in the ARM ecosystem. By providing our participating partners with the tools, resources and support needed to build a common development platform, we can help facilitate partner-driven 64-bit ARM solutions that are based upon Red Hat technologies.”

Red Hat expects the participants in its ARM Partner Early Access Programme to contribute to more streamlined and applicable implementations of 64-bit ARM standards and practices.

Suresh Gopalakrishnan, general manager and corporate vice president, Server Business Unit, AMD, added: "The Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Programme is an excellent vehicle to help accelerate a robust ecosystem for ARM-based servers. In addition to our participation in the Red Hat ARM PEAP, AMD is pleased to support this growing community with standard ARM Cortex-A57 ARMv8 based hardware alongside the newly announced AMD Opteron A1100-Series processor development platform."

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