Fixstars' Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux v6.1 Outperforms the Competition

LOVELAND, COLORADO - 15 April 2009 - Fixstars today announced the release of Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux (YDEL) v6.1. This release introduces important performance improvements as well as new features for the world's only Linux OS built specifically for the Cell Broadband Engine. In addition to providing continued support for Fixstars GigaAccel 180 and IBM QS2x blades, YDEL v6.1 now offers support for the Sony PlayStation3 and IBM JS2x series blades.

"In each release of YDL or YDEL, we focus on one particular area to improve. In YDEL v6.1 while we broadened the hardware support to include the PlayStation 3 and IBM JS blades, our focus was to improve the overall performance of the distribution. YDEL now installs faster, boots faster, and our customers' applications will also benefit from a performance increase," said Owen Stampflee, Fixstars Solutions Director of Engineering.

Results for benchmark tests demonstrate noteworthy performance increases in comparison to other Linux distributions. When running LINPACK (HPL), which is used for the TOP500.org, YDEL v6.1 is 1.5% faster than RHEL on a single blade. The Bonnie++ I/O benchmark shows YDEL as 19.5% faster for NFS than RHEL and 24.8% faster for tmpfs than Fedora.

For more information on these benchmark tests, visit us.fixstars.com/products/ydel/benchmarks.shtml

YDEL v6.1 features several performance improvements such as a patch for increasing memory copy speeds, which in turns improves the performance of device drivers. In addition, this release includes the next generation of ps3vram support, which greatly improves the performance of using for fast, temp file storage or swap using PS3 video RAM.

YDEL v6.1 supports:
- Sony PLAYSTATION® 3
- Fixstars GigaAccel 180 and other PXCAB derivatives
- IBM QS/JS series blade servers and derivatives

YDEL v6.1 offers these updates over v6.0:
- Kernel 2.6.22 except for PS3, 2.6.28 for PS3
- GCC 4.1.2
- Cell SDK 3.1
- Barcelona Supercomputing Center's Cell Superscalar (CellSs) framework
- Improved Infiniband support with OFED v1.4
- Faster installation
- Improved boot times
- Addition of the libfreevec library, which can provide for up to 25% increase in application performance.
- Firefox 3.0
- Improved PS3 VRAM Storage/Swap Support, faster than YDL 6.1 with no configuration required.

"Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux v6.1 offers vast improvements for professional Cell development and high performance computing," said Akihiro Asahara, General manager of Platform division, Fixstars Corporation. "With this new release, we have included the latest IBM Cell SDK v3.1, Barcelona Supercomputing Center Cell Superscalar, and updated libraries which facilitate improved code execution. The end result is a highly competitive, enterprise level operating system which offers realworld results."

The Fixstars Solutions website now contains an expanded collection of YDEL documentation. This on-line library allows users to find answers to their Linux and Cell related questions, from installation instructions to HOWTOs.

To learn more about YDEL v6.1: www.fixstars.com/en/products/ydl/

About Fixstars Corporation

Founded in 2002, Fixstars is a leader in software development specializing in multi-core processors. Fixstars provides solutions mainly in financial, medical, industrial, and digital media fields, who has benefited from increased processing speed of massive amount of data in multi-core environment.
For more information, visit http://www.fixstars.com/en/