AMD Opteron™ Processor to Power the Dawning 4000A, Expected to Be One of the World’s Top Supercomputers Exceeding Speeds of 10 Tflops
BEIJING, CHINA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that it has reached an agreement with Dawning Information Industry Corp. Ltd. of China to include Dawning’s plans to use the AMD Opteron™ processor to build the fastest supercomputer in China. The Dawning 4000A supercomputer is planned to run at maximum speeds in excess of 10 trillion operations per second, or 10 Tflops. It is also expected to be the first supercomputer made in China to be considered among the most powerful in the world.
Coupling the AMD Opteron processor’s outstanding performance, 64-bit capabilities and powerful, highly scalable design advantages with Dawning’s strength in research and development, the Dawning 4000A project represents the first IT industry effort in China to build one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. More than 2,000 AMD Opteron 800-series processors are planned to power the system with planned memory capacity to be up to 2256GB, or 2.256 Terabytes. The AMD Opteron processor is the only processor in the world capable of supporting a large, centrally located 64-bit computing resource while being compatible with existing 32-bit applications and the commodity desktop PC infrastructure. End users for supercomputing in China include scientific research institutes, commercial establishments, private enterprises, and computing centers.
"Drawing on AMD’s leading edge AMD Opteron processors and Dawning’s team of world-class research and development engineers, we expect to usher in a new era of supercomputing technology and innovation in China,” said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD’s microprocessor business unit. “AMD believes in providing customers true benefits, highlighting our customer-centric innovation. AMD Opteron processor-based systems are revolutionizing the server industry. This project demonstrates the synergy that can be achieved when two powerful companies combine their strengths."
"The Dawning 4000A supercomputer will play an important role in promoting the development of high-performance computing networks in China,” said Li Jun, president, Dawning Information Industry Corp. Ltd. “AMD’s launch of the AMD Opteron processor was a watershed moment in the global IT industry. Its high performance, 64-bit capabilities and use of open standards are paving the way for the rapid enhancement of the performance of Chinese-made supercomputers.”
“The development of the Dawning 4000A supercomputer based on the AMD Opteron processor truly represents a milestone in the history of supercomputers in China,” said Shi Dinghuan, secretary-general of the Ministry of Science and Technology. “We are very excited to see that local Chinese enterprises like Dawning are actually 'turning the fruit of scientific research' into industrial products to the benefit of many. We are happy to see their rapid emergence in the world of science and technology and winning honor for the country."
The project has also won the support and recognition of the Ministry of Information Industry and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and AMD is committed to working to obtain any necessary U.S. government approval to participate in this project.
About the AMD Opteron Processor
The AMD Opteron processor for servers and workstations, which extends the x86 instruction set architecture (ISA) to 64-bit computing for the first time, is also the first processor in a new class of computing called AMD64. AMD64 follows the evolutionary path of the industry standard x86 ISA, allowing development of a unified 64-bit computing infrastructure fully compatible with the pervasive x86 architecture. The AMD Opteron processor is the highest performing 2P and 4P server processor, according to industry standard benchmarks.
AMD64 defines a new class of computing by extending the industry-standard x86 instruction set architecture across 32- and 64-bit platforms. AMD64 is an AMD innovation designed to deliver full compatibility with existing 8-, 16-, and 32-bit x86 solutions and simultaneous industry-leading 64-bit performance. The AMD Opteron processor for servers and workstations is the first processor in this new class of computing. AMD plans to introduce the AMD Athlon™ 64 processor for desktop and mobile personal computers in September, which will allow pervasive adoption of the AMD64 architecture. AMD64 replaces terms such as "Hammer" (now, “AMD64 technology”) and "x86-64 ISA" (now, "AMD64 ISA").
Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and silicon-based solutions for communications and networking applications.
Founded in June 1995, Dawning Information Industry Corp. Ltd. is an 863 Program-based stock company that was initiated as a joint venture by a number of high-profile companies and national R&D organizations. Dawning is a high-tech company that offers a wide portfolio of server solutions, including hardware and software. The company also manufactures its own-brand high, middle and low-end servers. Based in Shenzhen and listed in May 2001 in Hong Kong, Dawning has offices in more than 20 provinces and conducts business through more than 160 resellers in China. According to data from CCID, Dawning is one of the top three server vendors in China.
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Specifically, AMD is working to obtain any necessary U.S. government approval to participate in this supercomputer project, and there is a risk that an inability to obtain such approvals may impact AMD’s participation in this project as currently planned. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2002, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 30, 2003.
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