Red Hat rolls out support for AMD's Hammer

In another vote of confidence for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s (AMD) soon-to-be-released family of 64-bit processors, formerly codenamed Hammer, Red Hat Inc. today announced plans to offer a version of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server optimized for the new processor family.

Red Hat Linux Advanced Server will offer native 64-bit processor support for Hammer and will be compatible with existing 32-bit Linux applications, the company said in a statement. Working in conjunction with AMD, Red Hat plans to demonstrate a 32-bit version of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server running on a 64-bit Athlon-based system at the LinuxWorld 2002 exhibition in San Francisco, it said.

The 64-bit Athlon processor, previously codenamed ClawHammer, is expected to begin shipping later this year and is targeted at the desktop market. AMD will also ship next year a 64-bit processor named Opteron, formerly known as SledgeHammer, for multi-way servers and workstations. Both chips are based on AMD's x86-64 architecture which provides support for 32-bit and 64-bit software.

Red Hat is the latest software company to announce plans to support AMD's Hammer family of 64-bit processors. Linux SuSE AG has said it will ship a 64-bit version of its Linux operating system for Hammer and Microsoft Corp. has announced plans to release a 64-bit version of its Windows XP operating system optimized for Hammer.

IBM Corp. has also announced plans to ship a version of its DB2 database for the Hammer version of SuSE's 64-bit Linux OS.

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