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Appro's Servers and Supercomputing Solutions to Support the New Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) Processor

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MILPITAS, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Appro (http://www.appro.com), a leading provider of supercomputing solutions, today announces the support of the new Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) 2000 and 8000 Series processors, codenamed "Istanbul," across all product lines.

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Appro's dual and quad socket servers, Appro HyperGreen(TM) Cluster and Appro Xtreme-X(TM) Supercomputer, will now support Six-Core AMD Opteron processors, built on 45 nm process technology and featuring significant enhancements to AMD's industry-defining multi-core microprocessor technology. The new processors are expected to deliver up to 30% more performance compared to the previous generation in the same power and thermal envelopes,* helping offer customers a business advantage when it comes to managing power costs.

Appro servers and supercomputing solutions based on the new AMD Opteron processors are expected to provide superior price/performance for a variety of compute intensive applications that require substantial workload optimization and floating-point capabilities.

"Appro is proud to collaborate with AMD to offer Six-Core AMD Opteron processor-based server clusters and supercomputing solutions. The release of the new Six-Core AMD Opteron processor continues AMD's commitment to offering superior price/performance and performance-per-watt for multi-thread environments, while helping to improve customers' overall value," said John Lee, VP of Advanced Technology Solutions for Appro. "Working together, Appro and AMD provide the performance and energy efficiency to meet the demands of our High-Performance computing customers."

"AMD and Appro have a long history of collaborating to provide leading-edge solutions that offer customers incredible levels of performance, reliability and flexibility," said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Workstation division, AMD (NYSE: AMD). "The new Six-Core AMD Opteron processors offer a higher performing Integrated Memory Controller with increased HyperTransport(TM) 3 technology (HT3) bandwidth, and also feature the entire AMD-P suite of power saving technologies to deliver six-core performance in a quad-core footprint** for customers who are looking to get more computing power with less wattage."

For more information about the Appro AMD Clusters and Supercomputing Solutions, go to http://www.appro.com/product/opteron_main.asp.

About Appro

Appro is a leading developer of supercomputing solutions. Appro is uniquely positioned to support High Performance Computing markets focusing on small to large-scale deployments where lowest total cost of ownership is a primary consideration. Appro accelerates technical applications and business results unlocking the value of IT through outstanding price/performance, balanced architecture, open standards and engineering expertise. Appro headquarters is in Milpitas, CA with offices in Korea and Houston, TX. To learn more go to http://www.appro.com.

* Internal testing at AMD performance labs as of 3/27/09 showed the following performance gains for Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor Model 2435 ("Istanbul") over Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor Model 2384 ("Shanghai"): SPECint(R)_rate2006 (estimate) 42%; SPECfp(R)_rate2006 (estimate) 19%; virtualization 41%. Configuration for SPECint_rate2006 & SPECfp_rate 2006 estimates: Supermicro A+ Server 1021M-UR+B server, 32GB (8x4GB DDR2-800) memory, 300GB SATA disk drive, SuSE Linux(R) Enterprise Server 10 SP1 64-bit. Configuration for virtualization: Dell R805 server, 64GB memory (8x8GB DDR2-533), VMware(R) ESX 3.5 Update 3.

SPEC, SPECint, and SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.

** Compared to Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors codenamed "Shanghai."


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