Sun is providing JavaTM technology support for the 64-bit AMD Opteron
processor through a new collaboration with AMD. Sun hopes that
supporting 64-bit Linux and Windows platforms on the Opteron processor
will allow companies to migrate their Java technology applications from
a 32-bit to a 64-bit computing platform with little or no code changes.
Sun also hopes to enable the development and deployment of new Java
applications and Web Services.
The 64-bit Linux and Windows ports to AMD Opteron should be available
with the release of the JavaTM 2 Platform, Standard Edition
(J2SETM) v1.5 in the summer of 2004. The J2SE platform licensee Blackdown is
also credited with contributing technology to the port developments.
"By partnering with AMD to create a 64-bit J2SE software port for AMD
Opteron, Sun is able to extend Java (technology)'s reach to a larger
market and provide a reliable and highly performant platform for Java
application and Web services deployment," said Joe Keller, vice
president of marketing for Java Web Services at Sun. "We're committed
to ensuring that customers have the greatest flexibility and can reap
the maximum value from their current Java technology-based applications
when transitioning to 64-bit computing."
AMD64 technology is designed to preserve a customer's investment in
32-bit applications while allowing a seamless transition to 64-bit
computing. AMD64 extends the x86 instruction set architecture (ISA) to
64-bit computing for the first time and is the basis for the AMD
Opteron processor for servers and workstations. It allows for the
development of a unified 64-bit computing infrastructure that is
completely compatible with the x86 architecture.
"AMD is working with Sun to develop a platform that extends the reach
and seamless migration of critical Java technology-based business
applications for the high performance computing market," said Marty
Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor
Business Unit. "Working directly with Sun on the J2SE technology port
to AMD Opteron for 64-bit computing, our shared customers can be
assured they'll receive the best possible implementation of Java
technology on the scalable, high-performance AMD Opteron platform."
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