AMD closes OS Research Center and with it support for Linux

first_imgAMD announced last month that it was set to reduce its workforce by 15%, which amounts to around 1,700 jobs. At the time we didn’t know where those job cuts would come from, but now it is becoming both clear and surprising who AMD is deciding to let go.AMD is in the business of making chips, which it relies on selling to generate revenue. But in order for those chips and associated hardware to sell there needs to be support in place across multiple operating systems. With that in mind, AMD created the Operating System Research Center (OSRC) in Dresden, Germany back in 2006.OSRC’s goal was to be a center of excellence for operating systems, provide support for CPU designs within the company, implement new CPU designs, carry out research and development for operating systems, and be the engineers on hand to help partners using AMD chips. In other words, a key part of the company and also the place where developers worked to support the use of AMD on the Linux platform.With that in mind it was surprising to find out AMD has apparently decided to close the Dresden OSRC facility. That means a number of staff working on supporting the Linux kernel have also been dismissed, some of whom have confirmed this via the Gmane mailing list.AMD is making staff cuts due to the tough economy it is working within, but it doesn’t make much sense to cut internal support for operating systems. There are still thought to be OSRC staff located in Austin, Texas, but the majority of Linux support was handled by roughly 25 staff out of the Dresden office.Those staff will easily find new jobs elsewhere due to their experience and skill sets, but they likely won’t be working on supporting AMD chips anymore. So this really doesn’t seem like an intelligent decision by AMD, does it?More at ExtremeTech and The H Openlast_img

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