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Old 30th January 2014
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Default ARM finally defines a platform as it sets its sights on the server room

From http://arstechnica.com/information-t...e-server-room/

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In an attempt to strengthen the entry of ARM processors into the server market, British chip designer ARM has put together the Server Base System Architecture (SBSA), a definition of a standard platform for ARM-based servers. This move should reduce the abundant variation and complexity that has hitherto been a feature of ARM systems. SBSA was assembled by ARM along with its partners, including HP, Dell, AMD, Citrix, and Microsoft.
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About time!

There's never been a reason that it couldn't be done. It was just that all the little kingdoms decided to play by themselves. I imagine that the standardization of the boot block code will be similar to what's going on now, but ... well ... standardized.

Some of the OSes on ARM set up a HAL (hardware abstraction layer) approximating a "pseudo bios" - a bit of code that, after a fashion, acts (sort of) like a bios for ARM. Generally, those things set up at execution point zero, take the first xxk for themselves, do their HAL thing and then pitch off to the kernel, which calls them back to say hello once in a while.

A bit more standardization at the hardware level will allow the various "HALs" to play better.

Standardization on ARM could be a real stunner for the incumbent x86 crowd ...

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