Tuesday Nov 04, 2008

Doing More with Less: Web 2.0 Consolidation the Sun Way

Web2.0 data centers are typically filled with racks of x64 servers: single apps per box--an architectural convenience, but a decision that leads to inefficiencies of utilization, power, and space. Sun has been working this challenge with a unique and effective approach for several years: chip multithreading, or CMT. First introduced with our UltraSPARC CMT-based systems over three years ago, we have consistently demonstrated that architectures with multiple cores, each supporting multiple threads at the hardware level, can introduce significant efficiencies for some application environments. Web 2.0 turns out to be one such example.

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