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AMD Hammer, Sledgehammer presentations arrive

THE SLIDES presented at the AMD Developer Symposium held in October this year have now been placed on the AMD site. These are largely indepth presentations – the list includes IBM DB2 Universal Database for Linux, Porting to 64 bit for IBM DB2 on the Opteron, Driving Linux on AMD into the Enterprise, Introduction to Hypertransport Technology, a 64-bit market outlook from Nathan "Itanic.com" Brookwood, and a number of other pieces on chipsets, software porting and other presentations.

A 23-slide presentation by Tim Wilkins of AMD's Computation Products Group and called Optimization for the AMD Opteron Processor is of some considerable interest. He encourages programmers to provide for support for SSE, SSE2, and PowerNow – the instructions that provide that extra bit of oomph.

There's a deal of information not just on these type of optimisations but also ways to improve memory operations on the Sledgehammer/Opteron. Some good block diagrams there too, for those who like such details. A slide on platform validation is also important for third parties, and shows this infrastructure is now being taken seriously. Back at Computex in Taiwan this year, several motherboard manufacturers specialising in server boards were critical of the lack of information on this front.

Nathan Brookwood, an experienced analyst at Insight64.com, has his view on the 64-bit systems dominating the high end, with some interesting slides on useage, projected shipments, and market share between the different chip platforms.

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News source: The Inq

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