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LinuxPR: IBM Application Solution Center Starting to Port Linux Applications to Itanium

Oct 27, 2000, 22:37 (0 Talkback[s])

"Research Triangle Park, NC -- 27-10-2000 -- Planning ahead, IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) today announced that its Application Solution Center* here is currently performing 64-bit porting exercises to prepare for Intel's (NasdaqNM: Intel) new ItaniumTM processor, due later this year."

The ASC, dedicated to maximizing the performance of IBM's industry-leading software, has been certified by Intel as a fully qualified 32-bit performance tuning and 64-bit porting center. The award-winning IBM DB2 Universal Database* was the first product tested with the new chip and was prominently featured running on new processor at LinuxWorld in mid-August..

"The ASC is just one way we're maintaining our competitive advantage in the software space," said Rodney Thomas, Project Manager for the IBM ASC. "We've created a real-world environment that meets Intel's guidelines - allowing our team to tune and refine our software with Intel's fastest processors, including the new 64-bit Itanium chip. While a majority of the tuning and porting exercises in the ASC are focused on Windows applications, we are starting to expand our efforts to include other operating platforms, such as Linux**."

With simulated workstations located throughout the ASC, IBM engineers are currently working on 64-bit porting exercises, as well as fine-tuning IBM software for 32-bit processors to ensure maximum performance.

"The IBM Application Solution Center is offering developers facilities and tools to accelerate the introduction of Itanium processor-based software solutions," said Dan Russell, General Manager of the Intel Solutions Enhancement Group. "The tools and training offered will provide customers of IBM software on Itanium processor-based systems an improved computing experience."

For more information, please visit our Web site at: www.ibm.software.com

* Indicates a trademark of the IBM Corp.
** Indicates a trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Contact: Alise McNeill,
Voice: IBM Corporation
Email: alisem@us.ibm.com
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