AMD Announces Scyld Beowulf 64-Bit Support for Upcoming AMD Opteron™ Processor-Based Server Clusters
— AMD 64-bit computing designed to deliver increased performance, decreased computing time for x86-based clustered environments —
SUNNYVALE, CA. --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Scyld Computing Corporation is developing a 64-bit version of Scyld Beowulf, a leading cluster operating system, for systems based on the upcoming AMD Opteron™ processors.
The new version of Scyld Beowulf, expected to be available mid-first half 2003, will be optimized for AMD’s 64-bit technology to bring enhanced Linux kernel, libraries and utilities specific to clustered x86 computing. Scyld Beowulf system provides developers with a stable, standard, supported platform for the deployment of advanced clustering applications. Customers who use the Beowulf operating system on AMD Opteron processor-based clustered systems will be able to realize amazing computing performance with more addressable memory, which would allow them to process large jobs in a short timeframe.
“With AMD Opteron processors and Scyld Beowulf software, customers should have the ability to take a complicated set of calculations and run it parallel across multiple machines, providing the first 64-bit, x86-based classic cluster model,” said Marty Seyer, vice president of server business for AMD’s Computation Products Group. “Enterprise and high performance computing customers are also planned to be able to run existing 32-bit applications on clusters based on the AMD 64-bit technology, protecting their existing technology investment while simplifying their migration to 64-bit clustered computing — another example of customer-centric innovation from AMD.”
“Linux clusters using Scyld Beowulf and AMD Opteron processors are planned to provide customers a powerful, more affordable alternative to ‘big iron’ machines,” said Don Becker CTO Scyld. “Increasingly, customers’ computing needs are expanding beyond demand accommodated by a single, large shared memory machine. AMD Opteron processor-based Beowulf clusters are designed to provide 64-bit performance and x86 economies of scale.”
The upcoming version of Scyld Beowulf is planned to support both 32-bit and 64-bit application development on AMD Opteron processors, and to also allow customers to experience simplified migration of existing 32-bit applications and easier development of new 64-bit applications for systems based on AMD Opteron processors.
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