What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit?

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Issue

A bit is short for “binary digit.” It is basically how a computer stores references data, memory, etc. By using 32 bits your processor can represent numbers from 0 to 4,294,967,295 while a 64-bit machine can represent numbers from 0 to 18,446,744,073,709,551,615. Essentially this means your computer will calculate larger numbers more effectively with 64-bit processing.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux All Verisons
  • AMD64 or Intel EM64T

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