8/15/2002 - Red Hat will offer global support for the upcoming AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon processors, based on AMD's Hammer technology in Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, and future enterprise Linux offerings from Red Hat. Red Hat will provide native 64-bit support for processors based on AMD's x86-64 technology, while providing support for existing 32-bit Linux-based applications.
"Red Hat and AMD share the goal of providing customers powerful, fast and affordable enterprise solutions based on industry standards," said Paul Cormier, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat. "The combination of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and AMD x86-64 technology will provide a logical migration path for enterprise customers seeking to move off RISC/Unix."
"The combination of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and the upcoming AMD processors based on Hammer technology will provide customers enterprise-class servers and workstations with a combination of power and price that has not existed before," said Rich Heye, vice president infrastructure and platform engineering, AMD's Computation Products Group. "A range of customers with data-intensive applications are ready for the performance of 64-bit computing, and the AMD-Red Hat combination provides a mainstream solution as new applications become available across consumer and enterprise customer segments."
Benefits Preview of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server for AMD Processors based on Hammer Technology
Platform Milestones for AMD Processors Based on Hammer Technology
About the AMD Opteron Processor
The upcoming AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD's eighth-generation processor core, which is planned to mark the introduction of AMD's x86-64 technology. This technology is planned to preserve companies' investments in 32-bit applications while allowing a seamless transition to 64-bit computing, as those companies require. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to deliver high-performance server and workstation solutions for today's most demanding enterprise applications. The processor is designed to be scalable, reliable and compatible, which can result in lower total cost of ownership. Key AMD Opteron processor innovations include an integrated memory controller, which reduces memory bottlenecks, and HyperTransport technology, which increases overall performance by removing or reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing bandwidth and reducing latency.
About AMD's x86-64 Technology
AMD's straightforward approach to 64-bit computing builds upon the x86 instruction set, one of the industry's most proven and widely supported technologies. AMD's x86-64 technology is designed to support applications that address large amounts of physical and virtual memory, such as high-performance servers, database management systems, and CAD tools. AMD's x86-64 technology seamlessly integrates into the current computing and support environment, and is designed to enable enterprises to deploy high-performance 64-bit capable systems that build upon the billions of dollars already invested in 32-bit software.
About AMD (www.amd.com)
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).
About Red Hat (www.redhat.com)
Red Hat is the world's premier open source and Linux provider. Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and has offices worldwide.
AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. HyperTransport is a trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc.
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