Hammer support in the next Linux generation
What use is the fastest processor if no operating system in the world is able to really unleash this performance? Certainly not much. As was the case with the Intel 64-bit Itanium processor, 64-bit hammer support will now also migrate to Linux.
In contrast to the Itanium, the Hammer is not a pure 64-bit processor. It supports both 32 and 64 bit applications. To create this support for the Linux kernel, AMD has teamed up with SuSE. SuSE is thus given the pen for the integration of corresponding extensions, which have now been integrated into the official Linux development kernel. These extensions will later be used in all operating systems based on the Linux kernel 2.6. SuSE has played a decisive role in the integration of Hammer support into the Linux kernel and the porting of development tools and applications for AMD's 64-bit platform.
The x86-64 technology from AMD, which is based on the x86 instruction set based, supports applications that use a lot of physical and virtual memory. These include, for example, high-performance servers. With the AMD approach, companies can use 64-bit-capable systems that are still based on 32-bit software in order to allow a slow transition. AMD plans to start shipping the first Hammer processors in late 2002.