abundantly clear that the AMD64 architecture is the next big thing in
microprocessors. System vendors small and large have discovered the
price/performance benefits of AMD's 64-bit x86 compatible processors.
While AMD64 processors run 32-bit applications at impressive speeds,
they truly shine at 64-bit computing. But how does one take a
garden-variety 32-bit code and turn on the 64-bit afterburner? It's
easy to learn how when you make AMD Developer Central the first stop on your journey to unparalleled performance.
Knowledge Is Power
If knowledge is power, absorbing what AMD Developer Central
has to offer will make you very powerful indeed. AMD has collected
every resource that a 64-bit developer needs and made it available in a
well-organized and searchable knowledge repository.
Looking for AMD64 developer guides, tips and tricks, conference
presentations, and whitepapers? You'll find that and more at Developer
Central. How about the latest 64-bit-ready development tools? Developer
Central will point you in the right direction. Or maybe you want the
advice of other knowledgeable developers. Well, then Developer
Central's lively discussion forums are sure to meet your needs.
Get the Skinny on 64-bit Development
Now how many developers get excited about a product's documentation?
The developers that want to succeed, that's who. One should never
underestimate the value of building software on a well-documented
infrastructure. AMD has gone the extra mile to ensure that you won't be
up the creek because of some undocumented nuance in the AMD64
at AMD Developer Central ranges from lively how-to tips and tricks to
programmer manuals and technical references. For instance, if you're
looking for an entertaining overview of how AMD Opteron support for
large memory pages impacts JVM performance, this article
from the DevX AMD64 DevSource portal is a real gem. Or maybe you just
want the scoop on how C and C++ source-level optimizations can maximize
64-performance; you'll find the thoroughly detailed AMD64 Software Optimization Guide is packed with relevant details.
Oh, and don't forget to check out Developer Central's conference presentations
and video section. AMD's luminaries have presented the AMD64
architecture at leading developer conferences such as GDC, WinHEC,
Tech-Ed, and the Linux Summit. You can see what they have to say from
the comfort of your favorite chair—no travel required.
Tools, Tools, and More Tools
As any software developer knows, the right tools can make the
difference between success and failure. AMD knows this too and has
worked with leading tool vendors to ensure widespread support for the
AMD64 architecture (in addition to developing some of its own 64-bit
Developer Central is the natural place to start the search for tools. It contains an extensive list
of AMD64-ready compilers, debuggers, libraries, profilers, JVMs, and
everything else. Did you know that there are five 64-bit Fortran
compilers vying for your attention? How about the fact that AMD64
support is already a standard part of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET? And
let's not forget AMD's superlative development tools, AMD CodeAnalyst, the AMD Core Math Library, and the AMD SimNow process simulator. And best of all—CodeAnalyst, ACML, and SimNow are all available to you at no cost!
If you're interested in better software performance—and who
isn't—you'll just love AMD CodeAnalyst. The AMD CodeAnalyst Performance
Analyzer is a suite of powerful tools that analyzes software
performance on AMD microprocessors. CodeAnalyst performs system-wide
profiling and supports the analysis of both user applications and
kernel mode software. It provides four types of data collection and
analysis: timer-based profiling (TBP), event-based profiling (EBP),
pipeline simulation, and thread profiling.
The AMD Core Math Library (ACML) revs up serious number crunching
with highly optimized numeric functions essential to mathematical,
engineering, scientific and financial applications. Keep in mind that
AMD partnered with the world-renowned Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG)
to build this library. The ACML combines the rigor and accuracy that
NAG is famous for with the unsurpassed performance of AMD64
processors—truly a best of breed solution.
Developers of low-level code (BIOS, device drivers, etc.) may find
AMD SimNow fits their needs. The SimNow simulator is a fast and
configurable x86 and AMD64 dynamically-translating instruction-level
platform simulator. With SimNow users can connect complex software
models to form a PC platform emulation environment. SimNow emulates AMD
Athlon 64 and AMD Opteron uniprocessor and multiprocessor based systems
that run several commercial operating systems and applications.
There's no better way to learn than taking an immersive training
course. AMD's training partner, MindShare, has pulled together some
top-notch courses that offer an in-depth treatment of the AMD Opteron processor, the AMD64 architecture, and AMD's HyperTransport technology.
Once you're up to speed, you'll need some AMD hardware of your own.
Before running out and grabbing the first AMD box you find, check out
the savings offered by AMD's discount hardware program.
High quality, robust, pre-configured AMD64 processor-based desktop
systems, workstations and servers are available at discounted prices
through AMD partner Colfax International.
If you're developing heavy-duty applications (i.e. high performance computing), you'll be glad to know that AMD's Developer Center
offers a hands-on or virtual opportunity to develop, test, and optimize
products on AMD's Athlon 64 and Opteron technology. Where else could
you get your hands on an AMD64 cluster with 288 AMD Dual-Core Opteron
But Wait, There's More
As if all this wasn't already enough, AMD Developer Central offers a rich community experience for AMD64 developers. The discussion forums
are hopping with dozens of lively discussions. If for some reason you
can't find an answer to your question in Developer Central's extensive
documentation archives, the forums are the next place to turn. And be
sure to take a gander at Developer Central's Developer Spotlight for stories of success on the road to 64-bits. Tell AMD your story and your company could be featured next.
Begin Your Journey, Now
The AMD Developer Central truly is your one-stop shop for 64-bit
development knowledge. You provide the imagination, and AMD Developer
Central provides the tools to help you create infinite possibilities.
It's not too late to join AMD's developer program and put the
outstanding resources of Developer Central to use, just click here to get started at no cost to you.