A lot has changed since last year’s Arm TechCon. So much has changed that we decided to rename the event from Arm TechCon to Arm DevSummit.
The change is not in name alone. We are shaping the event by being inclusive of and focused on our software & hardware development communities and partners. As you look through the agenda and participate in sessions, we have made a lot of progress in how we engage and enable the software & hardware that brings Arm based compute to life.
Like last year’s event, in this blog I would like to highlight some of the major news and advancements the Arm Neoverse ecosystem has made over the past year. In looking back on the year, it is amazing how quickly the ecosystem has evolved and grown multi-fold. There is still a long way to go and a lot to do, but it has been a great year for the ecosystem nonetheless. There are three main areas that I would like to highlight specifically:
There has been significant progress in the open source & ISV ecosystem using Arm Neoverse based platforms to drive a broad range of use cases from the edge to the cloud. We see new projects adding support for Arm daily. If you want to keep up to date on the almost daily announcements, follow the @ArmSoftwareDev handle on Twitter. The ISV Ecosystem blog from Bhumik Patel does a great job of highlighting the ISV support for Arm Neoverse.
On the CI/CD ecosystem, at Arm TechCon 2019 we announced partnerships with major CI/CD partners such as DroneIO, GitLab, Jenkins, and Travis CI. We saw a lot of traction within developer community in adopting these CI/CD systems. Also, we have now expanded support for new CI/CD tools such as AWS CodeBuild, Azure Pipelines, GitHub Actions and CircleCI. For more details on CI/CD progress, read Kushal Koolwal’s blog.
One of the primary ways to enable the developer community to ‘frictionlessly’ develop on Arm is easy access to standards-based Arm hardware platforms where “software just works”. We are thrilled to be announcing at this year’s DevSummit, platforms from SolidRun and Raspberry Pi Ltd that are Arm SystemReady. These standards-based platforms, along with our cloud-based developer options from Packet, AWS, and Mythic Beasts provide Arm developers with a host of options that range from physical systems to cloud based instances to make the development experience as frictionless as possible. Read Imran Yusuf’s blog that highlights the announcements around the hardware ecosystem at DevSummit and its strategy for enabling a hardware ecosystem that enables developers and ODMs to work more simply with Arm.
The Arm Developer Program for Infrastructure was launched on March 25 2020. This launch was the culmination of months of work both with our partners and the greater Arm ecosystem. The goal, to provide Arm developer communities with the resources, communication channels, and support they need to successfully develop on Arm from cloud to edge. Since the launch earlier this year, our team has been busy at work, strengthening the foundation of this program by expanding our reach and adding collaborative tools, all while providing Arm developers with engaging opportunities to interact with Arm, our partners, and their fellow innovators.
At the center of it all is our Arm Developer website. More specifically, the Infrastructure Solutions section of the Arm Developer website. This area was built with developers in mind and provides anyone who lands here, the ability to explore, experience, and consume the various assets under the program’s umbrella.
From the website, developers can now branch off and get updates from our new @ArmSoftwareDev Twitter channel, collaborate on projects and share proof of concepts on GitHub (like the Pico Project by Ajeet Raina), engage directly with Arm Evangelists on weekly livestreams via YouTube, chat in real-time on Discord, and even request enterprise grade hardware through Works on Arm, a partnership with Packet (an Equinix company). Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Robert Wolff, who has been leading the Arm Developer Program for Infrastructure has written a blog that goes into more detail on all we are doing to enable developers. There, he details this program, looking back at how far we have come, and providing a glimpse at all the amazing things to come.
As you can see it has been a busy year in the Arm Ecosystem. The mission that I outlined last year remains the same:
We have more exciting announcements planned for this week. I encourage you to tune into Chris Bergey’s keynote as some exciting new partnerships will be announced. You can also keep up to date on these announcements through the channels Robert mentioned in his blog.
Have a great Arm DevSummit, I encourage you to go to the sessions and as always reach out with any inputs, questions, or suggestions.