SUNNYVALE, CA-JULY 2, 2001-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the Tokyo
Institute of Technology's PRESTO III-a server cluster containing 78 AMD
Athlon(tm) processors-was ranked in the Top 500 list released at the June
2001 International Supercomputer Conference held in Heidelberg, Germany. The
PRESTO III marks the first time an AMD processor-based supercomputer has
made the internationally renowned list.
The PRESTO III is employed at the Matsuoka Laboratory of the Global
Scientific Information and Computing Center and the Department of
Mathematical and Computing Science. It runs simulation and scientific
applications such as operations research, high-energy physics, and
"Upon launching the project, we evaluated many solutions and concluded that
the AMD Athlon processor was the best choice in terms of performance and
stability. We are delighted that our PRESTO III cluster has become the first
AMD Athlon processor-based computer to make the Top 500 list," said Dr.
Satoshi Matsuoka, who led the PRESTO III supercomputer initiative. "We are
grateful to our research sponsor, the Japan Science and Technology
Corporation, for support throughout the PRESTO program, and to AMD for
providing the processor technology. Our hope is to move up on the Top 500
list for the second half of 2001."
"The AMD Athlon processor is an excellent choice for cutting-edge computer
platforms targeted at computation-intensive applications," said Shunsuke
Yoshizawa, AMD director of corporate/channel marketing, North Asia Pacific.
"This innovative processor is a powerful and reliable solution, well suited
to supporting advanced scientific facilities and critical research
Compiled by high-performance computer experts, computational scientists,
manufacturers and the Internet community, the Top 500
(http://www.top500.org) list provides current information about the most
powerful computer systems in the world. The international list has been
released twice a year since 1993. The Tokyo Institute of Technology's PRESTO
III was ranked No. 439.
Other AMD Athlon processor-based supercomputers are installed at research
institutions such as the University of Delaware, University of Kentucky,
University of Utah, University of California at Santa Cruz, Western Michigan
University, Calvin College, and the Hong Kong University of Science &
Technology. These Linux-based supercomputers use the Beowulf Cluster design
architecture, which involves connecting each processor in parallel to
maximize speed and processing power while providing inter-communications
between the processors and compute nodes.
About the AMD Athlon(tm) 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 384KB of total on-chip cache (256KB of on-chip
level level two (L2) cache and 128KB of on-chip level one (L1) cache);
enhanced 3DNow!(tm) technology with 24 additional instructions designed to
improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming, and
DSP communications. The AMD Athlon processor features either a 266MHz
Front-Side Bus (FSB) or a 200MHz FSB based on the Alpha(tm) EV6 bus
protocol. AMD Athlon processors are manufactured using AMD's 0.18-micron
process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas and Fab 30 in Dresden,
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and
networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities
in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and
Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, flash memory
devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking
applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had
revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000. (NYSE: AMD).
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