NetBSD/amd64 is a port to the AMD64 family of processors and
supports all other CPUs that implement the 64bit AMD64
architecture. These currently include AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon64,
and Intel CPUs with the EM64T extension.
NetBSD/amd64 is a true 64bit operating system. Running
32bit NetBSD/i386 binaries is supported as well, see
<a href="http://netbsd.gw.com/cgi-bin/man-cgi?compat_netbsd32+8+NetBSD-5.1+i386">compat_netbsd32(8)</a>. Running 32bit Linux emulations will
be available in the future, the setup will be similar to
the one described in <a href="http://netbsd.gw.com/cgi-bin/man-cgi?compat_svr4_32+8+NetBSD-5.1+i386">compat_svr4_32(8)</a>.
The port was first committed to the NetBSD source tree as NetBSD/x86_64
on June 19th, 2001 and renamed to NetBSD/amd64 on April 26th, 2003.
The original work to do this port was done by Frank van der Linden at
<a class="ulink" href="http://www.wasabisystems.com/" target="_top">Wasabi Systems</a>, assisted by
<a class="ulink" href="http://www.amd.com/" target="_top">AMD</a>, who provided the simulator
(Simics VirtuHammer), pre-release hardware and access to a range
of Opteron hardware through the
<a class="ulink" href="http://developer.amd.com/" target="_top">AMD Developer Center</a>.
The port is fully functional. It has been tested on single-CPU and
multiprocessor (SMP) Opteron configurations. Since the <a class="ulink" href="../../releases/formal-2.0/NetBSD-2.0.html" target="_top">release of NetBSD 2.0</a>,
it is a completely supported platform.
Andrew Doran is the maintainer of NetBSD/amd64.
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