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64-Bit ARM (AArch64) Gets Refined On Linux 3.13 Kernel

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Published on 11 November 2013 12:54 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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While 64-bit ARM hardware isn't publicly out yet, the AArch64/ARM64 support continues to be improved within the Linux kernel and readying for the onslaught of new, faster ARM devices to appear in 2014.

The latest improvements to the ARM64 support in the mainline Linux kernel include a ticket-based spinlock implementation, big endian support, CPU hot-plugging support (with the Power State Coordinate Interface supported firmware), the virtual address space being extended to 42-bits in the 64K page configuration, improved 32-bit (AArch32) compatibility, code clean-ups, and other minor fixes.

These latest ARM 64-bit improvements were pulled in Git this morning for the Linux 3.13 kernel with its merge window having just opened this weekend.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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