News this week runs the gamut from a top supercomputer to a new Raspberry Pi model, all running on Arm processors.

In this issue

  • Sandia Labs ASTRA supercomputer in Top500 list
  • SUSE Linux for Arm in manufacturing
  • OpenBSD/arm64 on QEMU with networking
  • RHEL 8 beta on arm64
  • hpcDIRECT from Verne Global features ThunderX2 for HPC
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+
  • Windows 10 official support for arm64 development tools

Sandia Labs ASTRA supercomputer in Top500 list

Arm is well represented at this week’s SC18 supercomputing show in Dallas. Leading the news is the appearance of Sandia’s “Astra” supercomputer on the TOP500 ranking of the world’s fastest systems.

For the first time, an ARM-powered supercomputer has made it into the TOP500 rankings. The new system, known as Astra, is an HPE-built supercomputer deployed at Sandia National Laboratories. It’s powered by 125,328 Cavium ThunderX2 cores and has achieved an HPL Linpack score of 1.5 petaflops. It enters the list at number 205.

SUSE Linux for Arm in manufacturing

The first success story of a SUSE customer using SLES for Arm on a Raspberry Pi to improve manufacturing efficiency has been published here, via Jay Kruemcke from SUSE.

Knorr-Bremse chose to use Raspberry Pi devices to collect data from manufacturing machines. The small, inexpensive singleboard computers are ideal for building connected IoT solutions. Next, the company selected SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM as the operating system to support its innovative Raspberry Pi project.

OpenBSD/arm64 on QEMU with networking

0x16h (Cryogenix) has a nice writeup on getting an emulated arm64 system running OpenBSD running under QEMU. The system was set up to support writing a tutorial on assembly language programming for OpenBSD with an emphasis on development for the kernel.

RHEL 8 beta on arm64

RHEL 8 is derived from Fedora 28 and 29 and features a Linux 4.18 kernel. This beta includes full support for arm64 systems as a “first class citizen”.

You can test the new features of RHEL 8 before general availability if you have an active Red Hat subscription.

hpcDIRECT from Verne Global features ThunderX2 for HPC

LONDON and DALLAS, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Verne Global, a provider of advanced data center solutions for high performance computing (HPC), today announced the expansion of hpcDIRECT, its optimized bare-metal infrastructure solution, to include servers with Arm®-based Marvell® ThunderX2 processors.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new model of their familiar single-board computer. The $25 Pi 3 Model A+ runs as fast as the Model 3 B+, but has less RAM (512GB) and fewer ports (no Ethernet and only one USB). It may find itself filling a sweet spot in your next embedded development project.

Windows 10 official support for arm64 development tools

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 support for native arm64 applications as of the release of Visual Studio 15.9. These apps will target the new laptop devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.

Developers can use Visual Studio 15.9 today to recompile apps – both UWP and C++ Win32 – to run natively on Windows 10 on ARM devices. Running natively allows applications to take full advantage of the processing power and capabilities of Windows 10 on ARM devices, resulting in the best possible experience for users.