Canonical and Microsoft enable new Azure-tailored Ubuntu kernel

Microsoft’s Azure team and Canonical have enabled a new Azure-tailored Ubuntu kernel in the Ubuntu Cloud Images for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Azure.

According to Softpedia, the kernel is enabled by default for the Ubuntu Cloud images running the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS OS on Azure.

“Canonical vows to offer the same level of support as the rest of its Ubuntu kernels until the operating system reaches end of life,” stated the report.

Canonical said the new Azure Ubuntu kernel comes with an 18% reduction in the size of the kernel, Hyper-V socket capability, support for the latest Hyper-V device drivers and features, RDMA and InfiniBand capability for Azure HPC, and better support for Accelerated Networking in Azure.

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