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Red Hat 64-bit support for "Hammer"
Date: Tuesday August 13, 2002
Category: CPU / Processors
Manufacturer Link: AMD
Red Hat will offer global support for the upcoming AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ processors

Red Hat 64-bit support for "Hammer"

LINUXWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO, CA. -- August 13, 2002 --Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that 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’s 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 operating system and the upcoming AMD processors based on Hammer technology is designed to provide customers enterprise-class servers and workstations with a combination of power and price that has not existed before," said Rich Heye, vice president, platform engineering and infrastructure, 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 is intended to provide 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

  • Concurrent support of both 32-bit and 64-bit applications
  • Open standards used to power enterprise, mission-critical applications
  • Extreme performance for servers, workstations and desktops delivered through industry standard Linux and x86-64 technologies
  • Easily supported by companies and individuals through existing training and technology

Red Hat and AMD will demonstrate the 32-bit Red Hat Linux Advanced Server operating system on a 64-bit AMD Athlon processor based on Hammer technology at LinuxWorld 2002, San Francisco August 13-15 (AMD Booth #747).


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