Sun to start selling Opteron systems - official + Sun/AMD to work with community to create 64-bit Linux ABI

Chris Samuel csamuel at
Mon Nov 17 17:46:54 EST 2003

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Usual PR stuff, but the last part I've quoted (which ran on from the bit about 
64-bit Solaris for Opteron originally) about joint work on a 64-bit Linux ABI 
seems the most interesting part to me.


With today's announcement that Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and AMD 
(NYSE: AMD) have formed an alliance to deliver a broad range of AMD 
Opteron[tm] processor-based systems, Sun also announced it plans to offer its 
Java Enterprise System on the AMD Opteron processor and is significantly 
extending the reach of its Solaris Operating System (OS) and leadership in 
the 64-bit space.  [...]

[...]  The Solaris OS on the 64-bit AMD Opteron processor platform is expected 
to be available in the first half of 2004 through Sun's innovative 
early-access Software Express for Solaris program.

Furthermore, Sun and AMD intend to work jointly with the Linux community to 
define and promote a 64-bit UNIX(r)-Linux Application Binary Interface (ABI) 
to enable interoperability. UNIX or Linux applications could run natively on 
any operating systems supporting this ABI.


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 Christopher Samuel - (03)9925 4751 - VPAC Systems & Network Admin
 Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing
 Bldg 91, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton South, VIC 3053, Australia

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