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By eweek  |  Posted 2002-07-30 Print this article Print

: AMDs Opteron Chip Gets Boost From IBM"> "The DB2 announcement drives home AMDs message that you can use one chip that can run both existing 32-bit applications well and be used for high-end enterprise-type applications," Iams said. AMD also contends the swiftness in which IBMs DB2 software was ported to its Opteron processor—in just two days using a 64-bit SuSE Linux operating system—also underscores the advantages of its chip architecture.
"The speed and ease of enabling DB2 to run on a 64-bit AMD Opteron processor-based system is a testament to the evolutionary nature of the x86-64 architecture," said Rich Heye, vice president of platform engineering and infrastructure for AMDs Computational Products Group.
Since Itaniums introduction in May 2001, Intel and software makers have labored to get their applications ported to the new processor, which requires applications to be largely recompiled to achieve optimal performance. But AMD has not yet secured the widespread support from software developers that Intel has, with most leading application makers pledged to port their products to Itanium. However, Microsofts announcement in April that it would support Opteron with a 64-bit version of its Windows operating system and IBMs announcement Tuesday appear to signal increasing support for AMDs new processor. Last year, IBMs DB2 surpassed a rival offering from Oracle Corp. to become the worlds best selling database software, based on new license sales, according to Gartner Dataquest Inc. Overall, the top three selling relational database products were IBM DB2, Oracle 9i Database and Microsoft SQL Server. "DB2 running on an AMD Opteron processor-based platform will provide enterprise customers with a powerful 64-bit solution and a simplified x86-based migration path," said Lauren Flaherty, vice president of marketing for IBM Data Management Solutions. AMD and IBM will demonstrate DB2 for Linux on the Opteron processor at LinuxWorld in San Francisco on August 13-15. Related Stories:
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