‘When You Come to a Fork in the Road, TAKE IT!’ | SUSE Communities

‘When You Come to a Fork in the Road, TAKE IT!’


For close to 30 years, SUSE has excelled at helping businesses choose an Open path. From the industry’s most adaptable Enterprise Linux to a leading Container Management solution providing full management of all Kubernetes distributions, SUSE enables customers to choose the right combination of technology and solutions to ensure their business success.

To provide our customers with choice, SUSE has led enablement of and works across all major processor instruction set architectures (ISAs). As such, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is available across x86_64, arm64, POWER and z/Architecture today with our container management solutions expanding its availability (currently on x86_64 and arm64) to include IBM ISAs as well. (See associated blog post by my colleague Michael Friesenegger for more details on Rancher on IBM System Z and LinuxONE).

It is in that same spirit of openness and choice that SUSE recently joined RISC-V International. RISC-V is an open standard instruction set architecture (ISA), and RISC-V International’s charter is “to standardize and promote the RISC-V instruction set architecture together with its hardware and software ecosystem” (source: RISC-V website).

Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International, said, “The momentum of RISC-V adoption across the compute spectrum has accelerated with an increase in software supported on RISC-V,” said Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International. “SUSE brings a long-standing reputation for open-source innovation and collaboration to the RISC-V Community. We look forward to SUSE’s technical leadership and contributions as we together accelerate the software ecosystem and industry adoption of RISC-V around the world.


Near-Term Plans

Given the state of development of the RISC-V ecosystem, our immediate focus is participation in key RISC-V definition and steering committees as well as working with the openSUSE Community to support openSUSE Tumbleweed and the openSUSE Build Service in making software development tools available for RISC-V-based Silicon. Be assured: Future announcements for product/platform availability will be forthcoming

Long-Term Picture

As customers and partners alike make their voices heard and more RISC-V platforms and devices become available world-wide, SUSE aims to expand its ISA coverage with enterprise-supported versions of our product portfolio. We will continue to be driven by our dual mandate of providing choice with open systems.

We would love to hear more from our customers and partners on what their plans are for RISC-V as well as what can SUSE do to help with their journey onto the new platform.

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