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Unreleased AMD Opteron Gets Software Support
Advanced Micro Devices is scheduled to formally announce availability of its next-generation Opteron processor next Tuesday, but a group of software vendors on Thursday preannounced their plans to provide new applications to run on the chips.
The Opteron Rev-F processor will be AMD's first server processor to include integrated virtualization and to use faster DDR2 memory. AMD says the new design will also provide a "seamless" upgrade path from its current dual-core implementations to quad-core processors scheduled for availability by midyear 2007.
In an announcement on Thursday, executives from Citrix, Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, SWsoft, Virtual Iron, VMware, and XenSource are all quoted as planning to specifically tailor their software to take advantage of the new Opteron processors.
"The next-generation AMD Opteron processor includes additional hardware support that further accentuates the benefits of VMware Infrastructure 3 as a true distributed platform for sharing resources transparently across the enterprise," said Brian Byun, VP of products and alliances at VMware, in a prepared statement.
The Opteron Rev-F introduction will provide AMD's response to Intel's recent Woodcrest server platform, which uses Intel's new Core architecture.
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