Linux extension doubles memory on Intel servers

Siemens AG and Linux distributor SuSE announced yesterday a Linux extension, which allows for the use of up to 4Gbytes of RAM (random access memory) on servers powered by Intel processors.

The new extension is a major step up from the 2Gbytes of RAM which previously was the maximum memory available on Intel servers running the Linux operating system, said Frank Schuhmann, a spokesman at SuSE. "This will mainly affect companies with large business applications," Schuhmann said, adding that companies running ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications such as those from SAP AG will have the most to gain.

SuSE contributed its experience with Linux to the project, while Siemens brought the hardware expertise. They have been working together for over a year, said Schuhmann.

The extension is available as a free download from SuSE's Web site. SuSE and Siemens worked closely with Linux creator Linus Torvalds to develop the extension, which is already in the Linux 2.3.15 developer's kernel, SuSE officials said.

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