Ubuntu booted on UltraSPARC T2

I just got out of the UltraSPARC T2 launch about an hour ago.  Pretty impressive stuff.

The new T2 (code named Niagara 2) chip is not dual-core, or quad-core but eight individual cores on one piece of silicon.  Not only that but, unlike the chips from AMD and Intel, rather than having one thread per core, the T2 has 8 threads per core (in case you thought threads were only for sewing, think of a thread as an individual server that can run its own separate OS).  Do the math (8 x 8) and you end up with 64 threads.   Once again, pretty impressive stuff.

And of course, the Ubuntu community, being the overachievers that they are, have already booted Ubuntu on the new chip.  As Ubuntu and Canonical proved with the T1 over a year ago, UltraSPARC isnt just for Solaris any more.

Pau for now...

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