WOA Issue 40

WOA Issue 40

In this issue

  • Ampere Computing announcement
  • Ampere: analysis
  • Ampere: Renee James, CEO
  • Puppet Enterprise adds support for arm64
  • Booting the Lemaker Cello arm64 development board
  • Hardkernel ODroid N1
  • OpenJDK 9 builds for arm64 from Adopt OpenJDK
  • FOSDEM 2018 highlights
  • Jobs: Linaro GCC compiler (worldwide, remote)
  • Works on Arm office hours changes
  • Subscription and back issues information


Ampere Computing announcement

Santa Clara, CA. (February 5, 2018) – Today a new company, Ampere™, was launched to address memory performance, cost, space and power constraints for emerging hyperscale cloud applications and next-generation data centers. Ampere was born in and built for private and public clouds and delivers customers reliable 64-bit Arm® server processors with high memory performance and substantially lower power and total cost of ownership (TCO). The company is backed by The Carlyle Group.

Ampere processors offer a modern architecture with a unique, high performance, custom core Armv8-A 64-bit server operating at up to 3.3 GHz, 1TB of memory at a power envelope of 125 watts. The processors are sampling now and will be in production in the second half of the year.

The leadership team is comprised of semiconductor and cloud computing experts, including several well-known architects from the industry. Renee James, former president of Intel, is the CEO.

Ampere: analysis

David Schor, WikiChip, via Twitter: “This chip is largely the ‘Skylark’ uarch.”

Kevin Krewell, TIRIAS, via Data Center Knowledge: “They have a solid product. Over 3 GHz is a good clock speed and 125 watts is very efficient. It’s got good price, performance and power. With the new design team and the new management team, they have a reasonable chance.”

STH: “We expect approximately a $1k price for these chips. Although X-Gene 3 was at OCP Summit 2017, Ampere expects mid-2018 shipments. That is going to put them in contention with shipping ARM server products and a next-generation of x86 solutions.”

Ampere: People

A partial roster of Ampere employees is available on LinkedIn. Here are some names and very brief backgrounds from the senior management team.

LinkedIn lists 20 people at the company.

  • Renee James, Ampere CEO; ex-Intel president.
  • Chi Miller, Ampere CFO/COO, former Intel and Apple executive
  • Rohit Vidwans, Ampere EVP Hardware Engineering; 26 year Intel veteran
  • Kumar Sankaran, Ampere VP of software and platform engineering
  • Atiq Bajwa, Ampere’s Chief Architect; 30 year Intel veteran
  • Greg Favor, Ampere Senior Fellow, AMCC Arm lead architect

Hardkernel ODroid N1 (via CNXSoft – Embedded Systems News)

The ODroid N1 is a Rockchip RK3399 arm64 board under development. If all goes according to plan, it will ship with 4G of memory and a dual SATA configuration. Debian Stretch is the first target operating system, as Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver” is not ready yet. We saw the announcement via @CNXsoft – Embedded Systems News which always has good details of new single-board computer systems.


Booting the LeMaker Cello arm64 development board

The LeMaker Cello is a 96boards Enterprise Edition Single Board Computer based on the AMD “Seattle” Opteron A1100 ARM Processor. A short run of these boards was produced before they were discontinued. In “Bring up of the LeMaker Cello”, Carl Perry (edolnx) carefully documents the several steps necessary to get these systems online. He writes

Thanks a bunch to Ard, Robert, and Ricardo from 96boards for their help getting my Cello boards up and running!


Puppet Enterprise adds support for arm64

Puppet Enterprise is an IT automation solution that allows you to automate the provisioning, configuring, and managing of servers that is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 on arm64.

We’re very excited to add support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 agents running on Arm’s AArch64 CPU architecture. We’ve developed this capability in partnership with Arm to better serve Puppet Enterprise customers who are deploying Arm-based servers in their data centers.

OpenJDK 9 builds for aarch64 from Adopt OpenJDK

AdoptOpenJDK provides prebuilt OpenJDK binaries from a fully open source set of build scripts and infrastructure. Supported platforms include Linux, macOS, Windows, ARM, and AIX.

Among the releases from this project ais OpenJDK 9, Build jdk-9+181 for arm64 (aarch64).

Adopt OpenJDK is sponsored in part by the Works on Arm project.


FOSDEM 2018 highlights: Jon Masters, Red Hat, on Spectre and Meltdown

Jon Masters of Red Hat gives the closing keynote at FOSDEM 2018 about Spectre and Meltdown and how systems can mitigate against these novel attacks.

Linaro Connect HKG18 in Hong Kong, March 19-23 2018.

Since 2010, Linaro Connect has been the event to attend if you are interested in open source software development for Linux, tools and the various vertical segment ecosystems that use Arm processors. Registration is now open for Linaro Connect HKG18 at the Regal Airport Hotel in Hong Kong from Monday 19 March to Friday 23 March 2018.


If you have a job posting for a position anywhere in the Arm server ecosystem, please drop a note to [email protected]with a link and (ideally) the name of a hiring engineer for a conversation.

Jobs: Linaro GCC compiler (worldwide, remote)

“The Linaro Toolchain Working Group is looking for an experienced GCC Compiler engineer to work on various topics around the GCC compiler for ARM architecture (AArch64 and AArch32).”

Jobs: Ampere

Ampere is “currently hiring CPU architects, CPU micro-architects, logic and RTL design engineers, SOC design engineers, SOC & SYSTEM validation engineers, package design engineers, and software design engineers.”

Works on Arm project

Works on Arm office hours changes

Office hours for the Works on Arm project are at 4:00 p.m. Eastern, 1:00 p.m. Pacific time each Wednesday. We are currently using Talky.IO for our conversations, which runs completely in the browser using WebRTC, for maximum portability among our regular participants.

Subscription and back issue information

All back issues of Works on Arm News are online, if you missed a copy or want to do a search. Current news is available via RSS feeds, email, and Github notifications.


Written during a snow day in Ann Arbor, MI. Transportation by Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA, “The Ride”). Coworking at Workantile, Ann Arbor. Coffee and wifi from Argus Farm Stop (“Local food rocks”, all lower case, all one word).

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