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Athlon Powered Delaware Supercomputer
Date: Monday January 22, 2001
Category: Computer / SFF PCs
Manufacturer Link: AMD Discus -- BBS
AMD Athlon(tm) Processors Power University of Delaware Supercomputer Racksaver's "Samson" uses 128 AMD Athlon(tm) processors

AMD Athlon(tm) Processors Power University of Delaware Supercomputer Racksaver's "Samson" uses 128 AMD Athlon(tm) processors

SUNNYVALE, CA-January 22, 2001-AMD today announced that the University of Delaware's Bartol Research Institute (BRI) has installed a supercomputer powered by AMD Athlon(tm) processors. Racksaver's "Samson" supercomputer, a Beowulf Cluster design that uses 128 AMD Athlon processors, was purchased through a $500,000 Major Research Infrastructure (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). "We are excited that the 'Samson' supercomputer is showcasing the AMD Athlon processor," said Pat Moorhead, Vice President of Marketing of AMD's Computation Products Group. "This demonstrates another step in AMD's continuing plan to expand into the high-performance server and workstation markets. At the same time, both the academic and private sectors are evaluating AMD Athlon processor-based supercomputers for use in the highest areas of the scientific workplace." "The new parallel cluster supercomputer will solidify the University of Delaware's position as a leader in new technology, providing important computing power for UD researchers and students in physics, engineering and computer sciences," said Melvyn D. Schiavelli, Provost, University of Delaware. "It will provide an unparalleled learning experience for all concerned, and fits well with the University's commitment to teaching, research and technology.

"The University recognizes the value of such cluster supercomputers, which provide exceptional computational power and speed, and is proud to stand at the leading edge of this emerging technology. The University is grateful for the support of the National Science Foundation, RackSaver, Dolphin Interconnect, and AMD in this endeavor," Schiavelli added.

"The design of the 'Samson' supercomputer using AMD Athlon processors reflects the economic changes in supercomputing," said David Driggers, President and CEO of Racksaver ( "Racksaver specializes in using existing, advanced technology to design flexible, yet powerful systems that can fit into specific space limitations. The 'Samson' supercomputer with AMD Athlon processors fulfills both the space and performance needs of the University of Delaware."

To match the speed of the AMD Athlon processor power, the system also employs 1GB bandwidth between nodes using Dolphin Interconnect's SCI (Scaleable Coherent Interface) Wulfkit, offering an efficient combination of fast network hardware and corresponding software.

"The combination of AMD's 1GHz AMD Athlon processors and our high performance Wulfkit Interconnect offers our users the scalability and performance they require for this generation of supercomputers," says Pat Darden, CEO at Dolphin Interconnect. The award-winning AMD Athlon processor is already employed in several supercomputers used for scientific research in both the academic and private sectors, including systems used in universities such as the University of Kentucky and the University of Utah, and in companies such as GeoCenter and MSC.Software.

Racksaver's 'Samson' supercomputer using AMD Athlon processors is expected to rank within the top 200 of the fastest supercomputers in the world based on the Top500 supercomputer list (, but should move to a higher ranking upon the addition of updated Linux compilers. UD officials are expected to conduct industry standard benchmarks over the next several months, including single processor benchmarks such as SpecINT and SpecFP, and the Stream memory bandwidth test.

About the AMD Athlon Processor
The AMD Athlon processor is an x86-compatible, seventh-generation design featuring a superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar microarchitecture optimized for high clock frequency; the industry's first fully pipelined, superscalar floating point unit for x86 platforms; high-performance cache architecture, now featuring 256KB of on-chip level (L2) cache and 128KB of on-chip level (L1) cache; enhanced 3DNow!(tm) technology with 24 additional instructions designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming, and DSP communications; and a 200MHz system interface based on the Alpha(tm) EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing. AMD Athlon processors are manufactured using AMD's aluminum 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas and AMD's 0.18 micron copper technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.

About AMD
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets. AMD produces microprocessors, flash memories, and integrated circuits for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000 (NYSE: AMD).

Cautionary Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally preceded by words such as "plans," "expects," "believes," "anticipates" or "intends." Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations, including the risk that AMD may be unable to expand into high-performance server and workstation markets, including additional supercomputers. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the Company's filings with the United States Securities Exchange Commission.


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