AMD has introduced a platform based on the integration of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. The company is demonstrating this technology at the Microsoft TechEd Developers conference in Barcelona, Spain, with the intentions of drawing greater synergies between AMD processors and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.
According to AMD, the integration will help Microsoft Windows application developers as the Visual Studio 2008 tools will produce optimized code when compiling for Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. This hardware/software collaboration is designed to ensure that software developers have improved instruction selection, register allocation, and 128-bit floating-point performance.
In September 2007, AMD introduced the Quad-Core AMD Opteron, an x86 quad-core microprocessor. The company states that the key features include 50% increase in integer and floating-point performance, improved virtualization performance, energy efficiency, and investment protection.
Engineers from AMD and Microsoft collaborated so that Visual C++ has code generation improvements for Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. Other integration improvements include the presence of SSE4a and Advanced Bit Manipulation (ABM) intrinsic functions in Visual Studio 2008.
The hardware/software collaboration is vital across the entire Microsoft Application Platform, so we are also working to ensure that Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 are optimized for Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, said Earl Stahl, vice president of Software Development at AMD.
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are also being used by system manufacturers such as Appro, Egenera, Gateway, Supermicro, and Verari to develop systems. Servers and storage provider Rackable Systems has adopted the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors for its Eco-Logical servers for large-scale data centres.
In the Quad-Core processor market, AMD competes with Intel, which offers products such as Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 and Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor families.
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