SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD 64 has a recommended retail price of $448, which includes four CDs, documentation and a years access to the SuSE Linux maintenance program for one CPU. Markus Rex, vice president of development at SuSE Linux, said its Enterprise Server 8 for AMD 64 is based on an optimized 2.4.19 kernel that enables high-availability solutions and the high-performance interaction with storage systems in the SAN by means of asynchronous I/O, multipathing memory access, and the management of up to 600 physical hard disks. Load balancing and the O(1) scheduler are responsible for the optimum balancing of the computing capacity in the network."It also provides improved scalability for up to 64 processors and up to 512GB of main memory. These characteristics make SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 an ideal computing cluster platform for 32- and 64-bit high-performance computing solutions and environments with advanced speed and scalability requirements," Rex said. Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMDs Microprocessor Business Unit, said in a statement that AMD 64 also preserves existing investments in 32-bit hardware and software and provides a simplified migration path to the power of 64-bit computing for SuSEs customers.
The complete 64-bit operating system includes Apache, Perl, MySQL, Samba and Sendmail, while the new software allows existing 32-bit x86 and new 64-bit AMD applications to be executed. It also includes all the necessary components for building C and C++ applications for both 32-bit x86 and 64-bit AMD 64 code, he said.