[Bioc-devel] Support for Linux ARM64

Vincent Carey @tvjc @end|ng |rom ch@nn|ng@h@rv@rd@edu
Thu Jan 5 12:31:10 CET 2023

On Thu, Jan 5, 2023 at 5:02 AM Martin Grigorov <martin.grigorov using gmail.com>

> Dear community,
> Happy and successful new year!
> Appologies if this has been discussed before but
> https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/bioc-devel/ does not provide search
> facilities and my googling didn't help much!
> I'd like to ask whether Linux ARM64 is officially supported ?
> I know that Mac ARM64 is supported since 3.16 [1] [2].
> I cannot find such test results for Linux ARM64 and the site search [3]
> also mentions "arm64" only in context of "macOS".
> In addition the Docker images are also single-platform [4] (linux/amd64).
> How can we help to add support for Linux ARM64 ?
> My employer is willing to donate VMs and man power if the community is
> interested in adding support for Linux ARM64!

Thanks Martin, very interesting question.  Can you tell us a little more
about basic
support for R for this environment?  I would have to remark that even
expanding our
support to mac ARM was out of scope for our core project, but the demand was

Superficial searching in response to your question led to


which suggests to me that we (or you!) could get a dual-platform container
out without
too much hassle.  Would that help meet your need?  Once the container is
produced there
is then the implied requirement that a compatible set of package binaries
is made and
maintained.  That's a place where your offer of machinery and staff time
could be very
beneficial.  We have tooling for binary repository production that should
be re-usable on
that platform.

(Is arm64 linux a build target supported on github actions, by the way?)

This is a pretty specialized topic so I think I will make a slack channel
for it in the
community bioconductor slack and we can carry on the discussion there,
although I am
fine with further discussion here as well.

> Regards,
> Martin
> 1. https://bioconductor.org/news/bioc_3_16_release/
> 2. https://bioconductor.org/checkResults/3.17/bioc-mac-arm64-LATEST/
> 3. https://bioconductor.org/help/search/index.html?q=arm64/
> 4. https://hub.docker.com/r/bioconductor/bioconductor_docker/tags
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