Tuesday Sep 29, 2009

What Have Sun and Intel Been Up To?

Synergy.

Intel has been developing hardware that takes advantage of the capabilities of Solaris, and Solaris has been optimizing its features to run on Intel platforms. Specifically, on the next-generation Intel Xeon processor.


Why should a sysadmin care? Because the capabilities that resulted from this collaboration will let you do get more work out of fewer resources while increasing reliability and saving energy.

Highlights:

  • Performance: the combination of Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology and the Solaris multi-threading capabilities work together to increase the performance of multi-threaded workloads while reducing power consumption.
  • Reliability: Intel's Machine Architecture Recovery feature works with the Solaris Fault Manager to detect memory and cache errors and correct them before they cause a fault.
  • Power Efficiency: Intel's Intelligent Power Technology allows system administrators to set policies for the optimal mix of processing power and energy use, or Solaris to optimize it automatically.
  • Flexible Virtualization: the OpenSolaris xVM hypervisor supports the virtualization capabilities of Intel's next generation Xeon processor, including network virtualization.

Details here:

- Rick

Tuesday Apr 14, 2009

Sun's Open Network Systems Launch - Technical Guides & WPs

This launch introduces lots of products and features, as well as good technical information, including:

- Technical Guides for Sun Fire X2270, X4170, X4270, X4275, Sun Blade 6000 and 6048 Modular Systems
- White Papers on Reducing IT Costs Through Virtualization With Blades, and also on How to Integrate and Scale in HPC Environments

Products include:

- Versatile, flash-ready x64 rackmount servers and workstations, such as Sun Fire X2270; Sun Fire X4170, X4270, X4275 (x64 Virtualization Servers); Ultra 27 Workstation
- Sun Blade Family Enhancements: New server modules with SSD/Flash storage technology (Sun Blade X6270 and Sun Blade X6275), Sun's SSD/Flash storage, and advanced Thermal Management Solution
- Sun Network Express Module (NEM) Technology for Sun Blade Modular Systems and Servers
- Open Storage Family Enhancements (Sun J4000 Open Storage Array offers new connectivity, high-availability, performance features, while Sun x4540 Storage Server offers new processor updates)

Like I said, there's a lot here -- check it out.

Monday Mar 30, 2009

Videos on Solaris for the New Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Systems

Check out the new videos about Solaris optimizations for Intel, e.g. the Power Aware Dispatcher that automatically monitors and optimizes your system to maximize performance while minimizing power consumption. Also, Intel's PowerTOP technology works with Solaris DTrace to let you monitor in real time how a system is taking advantage of new processor power-management features like Intel Turbo Boost. See Inside Engineering for more info.
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