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Sun rises on AMD's new Opterons

Advanced Micro Devices got a vote of support from Sun Microsystems and added three new models to its stable of 64-bit Opteron processors for servers.

The chipmaker, which announced a partnership with Sun Microsystems at this week's Comdex trade show, launched the new Opterons--models 148, 248 and 848--early Monday. The new models, which run at 2.2GHz, represent an increase in performance for the chip family.

Sun said in a statement that it will introduce two- and four-processor Sun Fire servers, which contain the chip, over the course of 2004. Meanwhile, AMD hopes the Opteron and the Sun partnership will work as a fulcrum that catapults its revenue by winning more business from corporations. To date, the chip has seen a string of wins in supercomputers and also high-performance computing clusters.

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Posted 2003-11-18, 23:56 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun teams with AMD for AMD Opteron processor-based systems

On November 17 at COMDEX, Sun Microsystems announced that it has teamed with AMD to deliver AMD Opteron processor-based x86 systems to customers in the next calendar year. By joining 20 years of enterprise expertise with the industry economics of x86, Sun will deliver systems that provide extreme performance at compelling prices, as well as a growth path to 64-bit x86 computing.

Sun will add AMD Opteron processor-based x86 to its current line of entry-level systems, giving customers greater platform choice with maximum price-performance. Further, Sun and AMD will work together to optimize the Solaris Operating System for AMD Opteron 64-bit processors, which will enable customers to take advantage of the industry's number one UNIX platform and binary compatibility between 32- and 64-bit environments.

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Posted 2003-11-17, 20:26 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun forging ahead after criticism

"The undercarriage of this whole [effort] is where we go with Solaris," Schwartz said. A key effort is the planned release of Solaris for the 64-bit AMD Opteron platform, slated to go into a preliminary release in early 2004. Sun on Thursday announced it has more than 300,000 registered licensees for the Solaris 9 operating system on the Intel x86 platform.

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Posted 2003-11-16, 00:08 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun's Dynamic Tracing Tool For Next Solaris Upgrade Released This Week

Sun is giving an early liftoff to an advanced detection technology designed for the next version of Solaris that speedily diagnoses and repairs system problems.

The diagnostic tool, called dynamic tracing, or D-Trace, is characterized as a "flight recorder" for both Unix and x86-based versions of Solaris, and will be officially announced and distributed to customers and partners on Tuesday, said John Loiciano, vice president of the operating systems group at Sun, Santa Clara, Calif.

The technology is just one of roughly 300 new features planned for Solaris Next, an upgrade that includes support for Advanced Micro Devices' 64-bit processor, and due in mid-2004.

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Posted 2003-11-15, 01:08 GMT by BFG

Sun plans server with AMD's Opteron

Sun Microsystems Chief Executive Scott McNealy is expected to announce his company's intention to sell servers using Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processor--a significant endorsement for the chip.

McNealy will make the announcement Nov. 17 at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, sources familiar with the plan said. The move would make Sun the second, after IBM, of the top four server makers to back the AMD processor.

The move isn't entirely unexpected. John Loiacono, head of Sun's operating systems products, said in April that Sun was likely to sell Opteron servers. And Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's top software executive, said in October that Sun will release a version of its Solaris operating system specifically for Opteron in 2004.

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Posted 2003-11-10, 11:18 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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