Opteron-optimized Counter-Strike server available
AMD can add another feather to its 64-bit Hammer architecture's cap; Valve Software has announced that a 64-bit version of its Counter-Strike server software runs 30% faster the 32-bit version on AMD's upcoming Opteron processor. For all those early Opteron adopters, the 64-bit version of Counter-Strike's dedicated server is apparently available right now:
San Jose, Calif. – March 6, 2003 – Valve, L.L.C., creators of Counter-Strike and Half-Life, today announced immediate availability of a 64-bit version of the Counter-Strike dedicated server using the upcoming AMD OpteronTM processor. Counter-Strike has the largest service footprint of any game on the Internet, with 35,000 servers generating over 4.5 billion player minutes per month.
This new 64-bit Counter-Strike server comes before Opteron's official launch, and surely well in advance of server admins moving over to AMD's new 64-bit platform. Still, it's nice to see that AMD has another game developer on-board. Team Fortress 2 might even have a 64-bit build, if the game ever comes out.
Honestly, I chuckled when I read the announcement for the first time. Back in the good old days, I used to play Counter-Strike on a P2 266 with 64MB of RAM and a 12MB Voodoo 2, but I was never running a server for more than a handful of players. These days, with games like Battlefield 1942 designed to support ever-more players on a single server, game server software optimized for 64-bit hardware sounds like a pretty good idea.