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LinuxPlanet: Penguin Wooed By Platform Vendors

Aug 11, 2003, 18:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"At LinuxWorld last week, 64-bit Linux was big news. OEMs ranging from IBM, HP and SGI to lesser known names such as Newisys unveiled hardware systems based on Intel Itanium or AMD Opteron chip sets.

"Although 64-bit support is still forthcoming from most large ISVs, some smaller software vendors used the LinuxWorld stage to throw their hats into the ring. Meanwhile, AMD talked up Opteron's dual-mode 64- and 32-bit support as a useful interim measure for ISVs and customers alike.

"SGI announced plans for a 128-processor edition of Altix 3000, a Linux-based high-end server rolled out earlier this year on 64-bit Itanium processors. Altix 3000 currently runs a custom version of Linux. The 128-processor system is due out this spring.

"HP and IBM each unveiled pre-integrated Linux clusters for 64-bit systems. The HPclusters run on HP's 64-bit Itanium platform, whereas the clusters rolled out by IBM last week operate on AMD's 64-bit Opteron. Also at LinuxWorld, Newisys showed its new Opteron-based 4300 Enterprise-Class Server..."

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