Linux adapted for AMD's Hammer platform

AMD has announced that SuSE AG has developed the Linux operating system to run on its 64-bit architecture Hammer processors, which are due to reach the market towards the end of Q4.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  March 7, 2002

AMD has announced that SuSE AG has developed the Linux operating system to run on its 64-bit Hammer processors, which are due to reach the market towards the end of this year.

"We are excited to be working with AMD to support their next-generation processors based on the x86-64 technology. We have reached an important milestone today towards the future availability of 64-bit Linux operating systems on the Hammer platform," said Andreas Jaegar, lead project manager, SuSE Linux AG.

"With support for AMD's future processors in the official Linux tree, Linux users everywhere will appreciate being able to run their native x86-64 applications and their existing 32-bit x86 applications," said Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux.

"AMD continues to gain support from the Linux development community for applications as they build support for future 32- and 64-bit applications into the Linux operating system," said Wayne Meretsky, manager of Software R&D and AMD Fellow. "SuSE's revisions to the Linux operating system are key to simultaneous support of 32-bit and 64-bit applications on the Hammer platform."

"The Linux community has supported AMD's x86-64 technology from the very beginning. We appreciate the feedback that SuSE and others have given to our Hammer processor engineering teams," said Richard Heye, vice president of platform engineering and infrastructure for AMD's Computation Products Group. "AMD continues to work closely with Linux developers to help ensure that 64-bit applications and operating systems are available for use on the Hammer platform."

The processors will run 32-bit and 64-bit software applications to enable either architecture to be used and so not require legacy systems to be changed. SuSE has been the main developer of Linux support for the Hammer architecture and can now provide development tools and it will incorporate its modifications into the reatil operating systems running on version 2.6 or later, according the company.

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