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As a part of its initiative to cut its expenses by reducing its staff, Advanced Micro Devices has shuttered its Dresden, Germany-based operating system research center (OSRC), which is a part of AMD Research organization, according to a media report. The laboratory focused on development of Linux kernels optimized for AMD microprocessors.

The OSRC was founded in April 2006 and was acting as a bridge between the OS development community and the worldwide AMD processor design community. The OSRC played a particularly important role in ensuring support of next-generation AMD products and solutions by Linux operating system. OSRC was specialized in OS virtualization, memory management, multi-core scheduling and performance measuring to make better use of future multi-core architectures. In general, the laboratory was overseeing patches to support AMD’s server processors’ features in Linux operating systems.

The OSRC had around 25 employees who helped integrate important changes for new AMD platforms into Linux distributions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Suse Linux Enterprise. Some of the OSRC developers also worked on open source virtualisation solutions such as the Xen hypervisor, reports Heise Open web-site.

Some of AMD Linux developers from AMD Research are located in Austin, Texas. From now on, the U.S. team will have to incorporate support for all functionality of AMD code-named Steamroller and Excavator high-performance as well as Jaguar low-power cores into Linux operating system in the mid-term future.

AMD plans to lay off 15% of its workforce this quarter to reduce operating costs so to reach $1.3 billion break-even point in 2013.

Tags: AMD, Linux, Opteron, Steamroller, Excavator, x86, Jaguar, Business

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2 15 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 11/07/12 10:52:04 PM]
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That's insanity...
4 3 [Posted by: Atlastiamhere  | Date: 11/08/12 01:04:46 AM]
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spoken like a true mouth-breather moron.
4 3 [Posted by: kmcowan  | Date: 11/08/12 03:37:55 AM]
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You really have no idea how important optimising kernels are in linux do you..? Large Servers run a lot on linux instead of windows. Optimising for linux makes therefor commercially excellent sense. They earn a lot of money on selling chips for servers

Making remarks like yours are therefor shortsigning and not showing any sanity
0 0 [Posted by: einheriar  | Date: 01/14/13 01:44:35 AM]
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They are already understaffed in the Linux Dev teams.

AMD would be better served laying off most of it's marketing department at this point.
8 1 [Posted by: bz3  | Date: 11/08/12 03:23:27 AM]
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There are many "nerds", who are getting bashed by the person in the 1st comment, that are willing to develop things for free, that's the point of OSS, but AMD has to help us. If they give more documentation there will be much more easy and faster development on their cpus and gpus, so they don't have to pay for their linux developing.
They can do that until they can afford to hire those people again.
3 1 [Posted by: Yorgos  | Date: 11/08/12 04:52:54 AM]
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Why don't you ask for the chip-design already?
You in the open-sauce community should understand totally decentralized and uncontrolled development doesn't work. There must be people working fulltime within an organisational structure who take care of issues that need to be taken care when they need to be taken care, not what you feel like doing, when and how you feel like doing.
The only reason Linux has a market is because some companies invest in it like AMD did and there's no other alternative to greedy companies like M$.
1 0 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 11/08/12 10:12:20 AM]
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AMD is moving in distinctly the wrong direction on this. They have a friend in the Linux community, and this snub will not serve them well, in my opinion.
4 2 [Posted by: kmcowan  | Date: 11/08/12 03:36:51 AM]
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I hope they can bring back the team at a later date.
I wonder if AMD cut their coffee budget or raised it?
It says for their servers but not desktop and mobile devices?
1 2 [Posted by: dreamer77dd  | Date: 11/08/12 04:14:14 AM]
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Processor support was indifferent when chipset support practically did not exist. In the past 6 years it happened multiple times even the lastest distributions could not boot up out of lack of proper support of my current AMD or nVidia chipset.
1 0 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 11/08/12 05:39:39 AM]
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Shame. It proves management doesn't know what they are doing. Opteron sales have such good margins for AMD. Without those optimizations they will have lower performance in Linux, thus lower value, which leads to lower prices and margins. If anything AMD should increase that division to help support their ARM Frankenchips they are so eager to put out.
2 0 [Posted by: megamanx00  | Date: 11/08/12 09:30:33 AM]
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In time, most devices will be running some version of the Linux kernel. I don't know how shooting yourself in the foot is going to make AMD relevant for future markets.
2 0 [Posted by: Bay  | Date: 11/08/12 09:50:35 AM]
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In most devices some kind of Linux kernel based OS (not a traditional Linux distribution) will run on some kind of ARM architecture, AMD decreased the x86 Linux kernel support considerably, but it's still not ceased totally.
As soon as a well-funded company starts investing money into Linux to make money of it Linux will start flourishing. As long as smaller companies develop an own n+1th Linux derivative (not to mention hobby rebels who make this even worse) to simply create an own market for selling their customer support services tied to it, Linux will struggle to break away from 1% market share.
Anybody who wants to argue consider what the Linux community achieved in the past 21 years and compare it to what Android became in 5 years...
0 2 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 11/08/12 03:26:35 PM]
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This team did not do to much
I will not miss them.
Linux drivers for AMD GPU-s are kind of crappy if this is what they were doing.
1 1 [Posted by: HeadlessBottleneck  | Date: 11/09/12 06:56:06 AM]
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This is the type of news you have to get used to from AMD. They're cutting back 15% of their workforce, and those people were doing something.

The question is, would you rather lose these guys, or the engineers working on new designs?

While I hate to see scaling back of any kind, I'd much prefer this type.
1 0 [Posted by: TA152H  | Date: 11/09/12 02:12:30 PM]
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