Integrated Microsoft Dev Tooling with new Arm-based Azure VMs – Visual Studio Magazine


Integrated Microsoft Dev Tooling with new Arm-based Azure VMs

When announcing a preview of Azure virtual machines (VMs) based on Arm-based processors earlier this month, Microsoft noted that a majority of its development tools already support the new scheme or will soon do so.

“Most major developer platforms and languages ​​are preparing for, or already offering, ARM support and the inherent benefits that this processor architecture brings,” the company said in an April 4 blog post Office.

Featuring the Ampere Altra Arm-based processor, the new VMs are designed to efficiently run scale-out workloads of many types including web servers, application servers, open source databases, cloud native/rich .NET applications, Java -Applications, gaming servers, media servers and more. ARM chips are based on Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC), which is commonly used for smartphones and other low-power devices, while mainstream x86 chips use Complex Instruction Set Computing (CISC). Microsoft says it’s seen up to 50 percent better price/performance than comparable x86-based VMs for these scale-out workloads.

Microsoft pointed out how its development tools support Arm-based computing.

“The modern .NET platform introduced native support for the ARM architecture on Linux as of .NET5 and has built on that with the youngest .NET 6 version‘ the company said. “With C# 10 and F# 6, .NET 6 offers language improvements that simplify your code. In addition, a new dynamic profile-guided optimization (PGO) engine provides deep optimizations only possible at runtime, resulting in significant performance gains that reduce the cost of running cloud services in Azure, improved cloud diagnostics, and access to many new APIs can lower . With the arrival of native support for Arm in .NET Framework 4.8.1 (currently in preview and available as part of the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview builds), investments in the vast ecosystem of .NET Framework apps can now reap the benefits to run these workloads on Arm.”

Microsoft also offered several other examples:

  • With the latest Microsoft Visual C++ tools included in Visual Studio 17.2 previews, developers can not only run apps, but also build them natively for Arm on Arm.
  • Thanks to Microsoft’s recent JEP 388 Contribution to OpenJDKJava applications can now run on a wider range of ARM systems without additional changes.
  • Company’s own Microsoft build of OpenJDK provides binaries for Windows, Linux and macOS on compatible ARM hardware for Java 11 and Java 17.
  • Visual Studio Code, running natively on ARM, helps developers leverage the cloud for both production and development environments.
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[Click on image for larger view.] preview access (Source: Microsoft).

The preview release of Arm-based Azure VMs is initially available in the Azure regions West US 2, West Central US, and West Europe. Developers can be invited to participate at go here register (see graphic above).

Next week Microsoft will host a webinar titled “New innovations with Azure Core Compute.”

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