AMD and Zeus Cozy Up
The vendors followed up on this announcement, made at PC Expo, by demonstrating a 64-bit Zeus Web server application ported on a system based on the upcoming AMD Opteron processor.AMD and Zeus Technology this week announced that Zeus will support AMD's eighth-generation processors scheduled to be released later this year.
The AMD Opteron processor is designed to help provide investment protection, running already installed 32-bit applications with "unsurpassed performance," according to AMD, and offering customers a seamless transition to 64-bit technology.
The Zeus Web Server was shown on a 4-way AMD Opteron-processor-based system using a 64-bit Linux operating system. The demonstration simulated Web pages being served to an AMD Opteron processor-based system with simulated network traffic of up to 500 concurrent users.
"This demonstration of Zeus' inventive Web server technologies, along with AMD's eighth-generation processors, shows how we can provide enterprise-class Web serving capability and stability to all commercial customers, from small business to the enterprise," said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD's Computational Products Group.
"AMD's upcoming eighth-generation processors will allow users to optimize 32-bit performance, and deploy 64-bit applications and systems as needed. We believe this compelling migration strategy will also enhance the migration of enterprise-class applications, such as Zeus Web server, throughout the commercial market," Ellet added.
John Paterson, CEO of Zeus Technology, noted, "By moving to their 64-bit processor, and with the optimization of the Zeus Web Server, AMD can offer greater performance than current x86 systems. This Zeus development can further enhance the already exceptional business benefits expected from the future processor."
Shipments of the AMD Opteron processor for servers and workstations are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2003. Shipments of AMD's eighth-generation Athlon processor for desktops are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2002.
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