Chapter 8. 64-Bit, Multi-Core, and Hyper-Threading Technology Processors


As systems, both servers and desktops, require more processing power, large file sizes, and access to more and more memory, CPU manufacturers have been developing processors to address these needs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux has also evolved to support these technologies.

64-Bit Processors

In 2004, the 64-bit processor was introduced into the computer market. In the beginning, these 64-bit processors were only used for servers, but ones such as the AMD Athlon™ 64 are now being used for desktop computers as well.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux supports both 32-bit and 64-bit processors. ...

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