The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Project has given ARM processors a big boost in reputation by announcing the deployment of a compute cluster based on Calxeda-powered ARM processors from Boston Ltd.
While the low-power chip architectures and broad licensing strategy for ARM servers have helped them dominate the mobile device market, ARM executives believe they are a great fit in the data center as well, particularly for running low-power microservers.
"The Fedora Project team's experience, from install to deployment to production, is a testament to compatibility of Linux code on Calxeda: it just works," Karl Freund, vice president of marketing for Calxeda, said in a statement. "That is what data centers will expect and demand from ARM platforms, and we plan to deliver."
The data center is one of several key areas in the growing competition between Intel and ARM. Intel executives have touted the strengths of their Atom platform over the ARM architecture for servers, from its 64-bit capabilities and other features to the familiar x86 programming tools.
While ARM is at work on its next-generation ARMv8 architecture, which will include 64-bit capabilities as well as greater memory and virtualization support, Intel is touting its "Centerton" Atom SoCs (system-on-a-chip) for microservers, which are already available, and the next-generation "Avoton" chips, which Intel claims is on track for release later this year.