AMD announces x86-64 Linux support and more

AMD continues its week-long guerrilla campaign to steal some of the limelight from the Intel Developer's Forum. Up today: a pair of press releases. The first of the two concerns support for AMD's 64-bit extensions to the x86 ISA, x86-64, in version 2.6 of the Linux kernel. SuSE has submitted the necessary kernel tweaks to support x86-64:
"We are excited to be working with AMD to support their next-generation processors based on the x86-64 technology. We have reached an important milestone today towards the future availability of 64-bit Linux operating systems on the 'Hammer' platform," said Andreas Jaegar, lead project manager, SuSE Linux AG.

"With support for AMD's future processors in the official Linux tree, Linux users everywhere will appreciate being able to run their native x86-64 applications and their existing 32-bit x86 applications," said Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux.

Oh, man. We need this for a webserver.

AMD also announced the opening of a new design center in Boston. Here's the crux of it:

SUNNYVALE, CA-February 28, 2002-AMD today announced the opening of its Boston Design Center. The new design center will be responsible for developing server and HyperTransport(tm) interconnect solutions supporting AMD's Computation Products Group. Gerry Talbot, former president and chief technical officer of API Networks, has been named senior AMD fellow and director of the AMD Boston Design Center.
HyperTransport forms the infrastructure foundation for the upcoming Hammer line of processors, so the extra effort makes sense.
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