Microsoft has developed a version of its Windows operating system for servers using ARM processors, working with Qualcomm Inc. and Cavium Inc. The software maker is now testing these chips for tasks like search, storage, machine learning and big data, said Jason Zander, vice president of Microsoft's Azure cloud division. The company isn’t yet running the processors -- known for being more power-efficient and offering more choice in vendors -- in any customer-facing networks, and wouldn't specify how widespread they eventually will be.The move is part of Project Olympus, a new open-source cloud server design that aims to reduce costs. Besides Windows Server running on ARM hardware, the software giant also announced partnerships with various other parties include AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, etc. Project Olympus will include designs with the Intel Skylake, as well as versions with AMD's Naples and the NVIDIA HGX-1 GPU accelerator.
"It's not deployed into production yet, but that is the next logical step," Zander said in an interview. "This is a significant commitment on behalf of Microsoft. We wouldn't even bring something to a conference if we didn't think this was a committed project and something that's part of our road map."
Microsoft ported Windows Server to ARM
Posted on Thursday, Mar 09 2017 @ 14:05 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck