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May 05, 2008

AMD's OSRC: Optimization and Tuning Advancements for OpenSolaris OS and SunxVM

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced that its Operating System Research Center (OSRC) has included optimization and tuning advancements for Sun Microsystems’ (News - Alert) OpenSolaris Operating System and SunxVM Virtualization family of products.

AMD (News - Alert) will be working with technology software partners in order to ensure that their OS and virtualization software layers are best suited for working with AMD processor-based platforms’ features. OSRC expects that research and development on the OpenSolaris Operating System will help improve Solaris OS performance for business customers, besides providing feature enhancements on AMD Opteron processor-based systems.
“Sun and AMD share a long history of technology collaboration. This next step at the OSRC represents an even deeper commitment on the part of both companies to ensure that our respective technologies work in concert to deliver customers the highest performance possible on our systems,” said Earl Stahl, vice president of software development for AMD.
Stahl pointed out that Solaris is a key enterprise-class OS for mission critical applications while the xVM family of products addresses desktop and server virtualization for the enterprise and data center with high availability, scalability, performance and management. AMD is a strong supporter of open source and will be a contributing member of the OpenSolaris community.
Jim McHugh, vice president of Solaris Marketing at Sun Microsystems said that a critical factor in the success of the new OpenSolaris OS release and xVM will be their ability to run and perform exceptionally well on any system. Sun and AMD will be further optimizing these products for AMD Opteron processor-based systems.

McHugh added, “AMD has long been a leader in processor innovation and we’re excited to take this next step in better aligning our technologies and ultimately meeting customer needs.”
The Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor has been designed to work with all Sun Software like OpenSolaris, Sun Studio compilers and tools, xVM and Java technology. SunFire systems powered by AMD Opteron processors and the Solaris operating system have together delivered best combinations for enterprises, workstations and HPC environments.
AMD is also a supporter and contributor to the Java community due to its relationship with Sun and participation in the OpenJDK project.
AMD provides innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics, and consumer electronics markets besides driving innovation in industry by focusing on customer-centric solutions required by customers and businesses through out the world.
Shamila Janakiraman is a TMCnet contributing editor.

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