IBM Pumps Up Opteron Launch
At AMD's Opteron launch, IBM makes a hardware endorsement, announcing Opteron-based servers.NEW YORKOn this cold and drizzly Manhattan morning Advanced Micro Devices Inc. got a warmer reception for its brand new than anyone had expected: a hardware endorsement from IBM. From the time AMD began discussing its x86 64-bit "Hammer" architecture ideas, industry observers and IT administrators said that for the chip to succeed, it would need the support of top-tier OEMs.
AMD got that support when IBM took the stage here and announced plans to ship in the second half of the year servers based on the Opteron, citing increased performance and streamlined and "seamless" migration from 32-bit to 64-bit computing. It will also offer Opteron-based supercomputers as part of its Supercomputing On Demand initiative that will provide customers with access to huge supercomputer clusters on demand, said Mark Shearer, vice president of IBMs eServer products group.