[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Foundation Announces Newly Funded Project!

Deb Goodkin deb at freebsd.org
Tue Feb 26 18:16:35 UTC 2013

Dear FreeBSD Community,

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Semihalf, an
embedded solutions company, has been awarded a grant to develop
transparent superpages support for the FreeBSD/arm architecture.
Semihalf is co-sponsoring the project with the foundation.

The ARM architecture is already common in the mobile and embedded
markets, and is becoming more prevalent in the server market. Among
the more interesting industry trends emerging recently is the 64-bit
ARMv8 architecture, which as an "ARM server" concept. Many top tier
companies have started developing systems or are announcing products
with this architecture.

One of the features needed for FreeBSD to be successful in this area
is transparent super pages.  This provides improved performance and
scalability by allowing TLB translations to dynamically cover large
physical memory regions.

The project is expected to complete in mid July 2013.

The FreeBSD Foundation

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