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AMD Hammer, Sledgehammer presentations arrive

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Sun Nov 17 2002, 13:28
THE SLIDES presented at the AMD Developer Symposium held in October this year have now been placed on the AMD site.

These are largely indepth presentations - the list includes IBM DB2 Universal Database for Linux, Porting to 64 bit for IBM DB2 on the Opteron, Driving Linux on AMD into the Enterprise, Introduction to Hypertransport Technology, a 64-bit market outlook from Nathan "" Brookwood, and a number of other pieces on chipsets, software porting and other presentations.

A 23-slide presentation by Tim Wilkins of AMD's Computation Products Group and called Optimization for the AMD Opteron Processor is of some considerable interest.

He encourages programmers to provide for support for SSE, SSE2, and PowerNow - the instructions that provide that extra bit of oomph.

There's a deal of information not just on these type of optimisations but also ways to improve memory operations on the Sledgehammer/Opteron. Some good block diagrams there too, for those who like such details.

A slide on platform validation is also important for third parties, and shows this infrastructure is now being taken seriously. Back at Computex in Taiwan this year, several motherboard manufacturers specialising in server boards were critical of the lack of information on this front.

Nathan Brookwood, an experienced analyst at, has his view on the 64-bit systems dominating the high end, with some interesting slides on useage, projected shipments, and market share between the different chip platforms.

One interesting point he makes is that 95 per cent of all server systems are priced less than $25,000, while systems priced above $25,000 account for 65 per cent of all server revenues.

Linux system shipments are growing at 35 per cent a year and the eroding price of memory will speed the adoption of 64-bit processors.

Industry-standard chips will capture the microprocessor performance lead, largely because of economies of scale and widespread adoption, while proprietary architectures will continue to show a steady decline. Brookwood thinks industry standard 64-bit systems will become commodities.

The last three slides pose the question of which industry standard (X86 based) architecture will win, with one slide seeming to show that AMD's Opteron family will grab market share from 32-bit X86 systems (Xeons), while the Itanic will grab market share from 64-bit RISC systems (Sun, IBM).

You can find the full list of presentations at this AMD page. µ


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