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AMD Opteron Processor Update
Posted Sun November 23, 2003 @07:09PM
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Hardware techman wrote in with news regarding AMD's 64-bit Opteron processor:

  • AMD has announced new additions to the AMD Opteron processor family which adds support for registered PC3200 memory speeds, which is DDR-1 memory operating at 400 MHz. The Sciencemark 2.0 Stream benchmark, designed to measure 1P workstation performance on advanced scientific calculations, shows an improvement in performance of up to 28% when registered PC3200 memory is utilized.

  • Sun Microsystems and AMD have announced a strategic alliance through which Sun will deliver new AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Fire systems and versions of the Solaris Operating System (OS) and the Java platform as well as Linux OS.

  • PathScale, developer of innovative software and hardware solutions to accelerate the performance and efficiency of Linux clusters, has unveiled a suite of high-performance compilers for the AMD Opteron processor. PathScale compilers leverage the AMD Opteron processor's high-performance 64-bit functionality and remarkable industry-leading price/performance benefits, including 32-bit capability. Initial benchmarks on real application code and initial SPEC results show that the PathScale Compiler Suite is the highest performance 64-bit compiler for AMD Opteron-based Linux servers by a margin of up to 40 percent.

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