AMD has reasons to smile these
days for its 64-bit Opteron processor (and variants)
have gained industry commitment.
IBM said it would use Opteron
in a server platform and high-performance computing
clusters. It is also working with AMD for chip manufacturing.
Fujitsu-Siemens said it would
come out with an Opteron workstation. RackSaver and
other smaller server and workstation makers have already
Microsoft said it will offer
a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 for Opteron.
It also intends to release a 64-bit variant of Windows
XP for the Athlon 64 processor (the desktop version
Sun Microsystems has said it
may adopt Opteron into its x86 server line. In addition,
Sun is planning software support for Opteron.
SuSE has released a version
of Linux for the Opteron processor, and Red Hat is planning
to do so later this year.