At Yolted, we love experimenting.
Running hack days and trying something different is part of Yolted’s DNA.
One recent topic for one of these hack days was ARM and how we can use it, and we feel the result of this is worth sharing.
The ARM architecture is nothing new. It has been around for decades, but with the growth in popularity of Rasberry PI’s for home use and, more recently, the introductions of Apple’s M1 and M2 ARM-based chips, it is clear that it has a strong future.
Even ARM-based hosting is becoming more and more available.
One of the significant advantages of ARM vs Intel x86/x64 servers is the considerable difference in power consumption.
This translates into the PC market; for example, a new Mac Studio can draw as little as 16% of the power drawn by an equally specced PC running an Intel or AMD CPU.
So naturally, this is attractive to anyone facing skyrocketing electricity prices.
So what did we need to do to get this working-?
- Get our RGS (Remote Gaming System) and all supporting services to compile and run for ARM.
- Package it in ARM Containers.
- Run it on ARM container runtime.
- Push it to the limit!