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Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:04

Arm servers have software problems

Written by Nick Farell
dell

At least according to Dell
Tinbox maker Dell is experimenting with servers that use Arm chips but is finding that the software is not up to scratch.

According to PC World
the architecture faces software issues that could stop it from being a viable alternative to x86. At the request of some of its bigger clients, Dell has been testing a few low-power servers with ARM processors, which have interesting attributes related to power and density in data centres.

Forrest Norrod, vice president and general manager of server platforms for Dell was quoted as saying he had major concerns about the weak software ecosystem surrounding ARM. He said that there are lots of advantages from the architecture even if it means  porting your code over to that new instruction set and maintaining two different software stacks. But he said that there are time and cost issues associated with porting software from x86 to ARM.

Dell has a good sense of what the ARM ecosystem will look like for the next 12 to 18 months and has a cunning plan to release ARM-based servers.


Nick Farell

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-2 #1 robert3892 2011-03-11 08:40
It makes sense that ARM processors processors would have problems because as far as i am aware only Microsoft has optimized a version of Windows 8 for it. Other software vendors would need to hop on board the ARM train for ARM server systems to become legit and viable
 
 
-1 #2 youserzero 2011-03-13 00:28
Dell's entire statement or argument doesn't make sense. The Linux kernel runs on ARM, and a huge library of FOSS software to go with it...simply do a trivial recompile of the code.

Dell is probably more concerned that it won't be able to make as much money from ARM chips as they are much cheaper than x86 or AMD64 chips.
 

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