Red Hat and AMD Announce Red Hat Linux Advanced Server Operating System for AMD's Hammer Technology

Red Hat to offer mainstream support of AMD's X86-64 technology in enterprise product lines, providing optimised native 64-bit and 32-bit application supportAugust 13, 2002

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Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Red Hat will offer global support for the upcoming AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon processors based on AMD's Hammer technology in Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, and future enterprise Linux offerings from Red Hat.



Red Hat will provide native 64-bit support for processors based on AMD's x86-64 technology, while providing support for existing 32-bit Linux-based applications. "Red Hat and AMD share the goal of providing customers powerful, fast and affordable enterprise solutions based on industry standards," said Paul Cormier, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat. "The combination of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and AMD's x86-64 technology will provide a logical migration path for enterprise customers seeking to move off RISC/Unix."

said Rich Heye, vice president, platform engineering and infrastructure, AMD's Computation Products Group. "A range of customers with data-intensive applications are ready for the performance of 64-bit computing, and the AMD-Red Hat combination is intended to provide a mainstream solution as new applications become available across consumer and enterprise customer segments."

Benefits Preview of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server for AMD Processors based on Hammer Technology

  • Concurrent support of both 32-bit and 64-bit applications
  • Open standards used to power enterprise, mission-critical applications
  • Extreme performance for servers, workstations and desktops delivered through industry standard Linux and x86-64 technologies
  • Easily supported by companies and individuals through existing training and technology

Red Hat and AMD will demonstrate the 32-bit Red Hat Linux Advanced Server operating system on a 64-bit AMD Athlon processor based on Hammer technology at LinuxWorld 2002, San Francisco August 13-15 (AMD Booth #747).

Platform Milestones for AMD Processors Based on Hammer Technology

  • 8/13/02: AMD Announces Red Hat support for AMD x86-64 Technology
  • 7/29/02: AMD Announces IBM DB2 Database Software Support for Linux-based Enterprise Database Solution on x86-64 Architecture
  • 6/3/02: AMD Announces Broad Industry Support for Upcoming AMD Opteron and Eighth-generation AMD Athlon Platforms
  • 5/22/02: AMD Announces 3DLabs, ATI, Matrox and SiS to Support Upcoming AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon Platforms
  • 4/24/02: AMD Announces "AMD Opteron" as Brand For Next-Generation Server and Workstation Processors
  • 4/24/02: AMD Announces Collaboration With Microsoft to Incorporate 64-bit Support for the Future Eighth-generation AMD Athlon and AMD Opteron processors
  • 2/26/02: First Public Eighth-Generation Processor Demo Debuts With 64-bit and 32-bit Technology
  • 10/15/01: AMD Discloses Details of Next-Generation PC Microprocessor Architecture
  • 2/14/01: AMD Announces HyperTransport Technology- Broadcom, Cisco, NVIDIA, and Sun Among First Adopters
  • 1/16/01: AMD and Virtutech Announce High-Performance Simulator to Help Further Enable 64-Bit Software Development
  • 8/10/00: AMD Releases x86-64 Architectural Specification- Enables Market Driven Migration to 64-Bit Computing
  • 10/5/99: AMD Announces x86-64 bit Architecture and Future System Bus

About the AMD Opteron Processor

The upcoming AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD's eighth-generation processor core, which is planned to mark the introduction of AMD's x86-64 technology. This technology is planned to preserve companies' investments in 32-bit applications while allowing a seamless transition to 64-bit computing, as those companies require. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to deliver high-performance server and workstation solutions for today's most demanding enterprise applications. The processor is designed to be scalable, reliable and compatible, which can result in lower total cost of ownership. Key AMD Opteron processor innovations include an integrated memory controller, which reduces memory bottlenecks, and HyperTransport technology, which increases overall performance by removing or reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing bandwidth and reducing latency.

About AMD's x86-64 Technology

AMD's straightforward approach to 64-bit computing builds upon the x86 instruction set, one of the industry's most proven and widely supported technologies. AMD's x86-64 technology is designed to support applications that address large amounts of physical and virtual memory, such as high-performance servers, database management systems, and CAD tools. AMD's x86-64 technology seamlessly integrates into the current computing and support environment, and is designed to enable enterprises to deploy high-performance 64-bit capable systems that build upon the billions of dollars already invested in 32-bit software.

About AMD

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 Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).

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About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world's premier open source and Linux provider. Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and has offices worldwide. Its European headquarters is based in Surrey, UK, with offices throughout Europe. Please visit Red Hat on the Web at /a>

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