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Athlon Supercomputer Hits Top 500 List
Date: Monday July 02, 2001
Category: Computer / SFF PCs
Manufacturer Link: AMD
Tokyo Institute of Technology's PRESTO III marks first time an AMD processor-based supercomputer joins elite list

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 neuroscience.

"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 projects."

Compiled by high-performance computer experts, computational scientists, manufacturers and the Internet community, the Top 500 ( 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, Germany.

About AMD

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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AMD, the AMD arrow logo, AMD Athlon, 3DNow!, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Alpha is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corporation. Other product names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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