Wednesday Apr 09, 2008

Multi-socket CMT servers running wild...


Today is the day!!!

We are going multi-socket with Niagara-based systems.

2 CMT CPUs X 8 cores/CPU X 8 threads/core = 128 threads/system.

In simple terms, TONS of horsepower to run LOTS of applications.

As Wall Street Journal reports, IT.com found out early how these systems can change their business...

Sun SPARC Enterprise T5240 Server
"We have added SMP [symmetric multiprocessing] capabilities so you can add two of them into a single system, so within one rack unit or a two-rack-unit-high enclosure you are going to have 128 simultaneous compute threads," notes Sun's Mat Keep in a eWEEK interview. "What that means in comparison to other compatible systems is that you'll have two-and-a-half to five times the performance compared to a two-socket, Intel-based system and price performance that is five times better."

And Alan has a nice post on the reactions from the amped up engineers.

Let's cap it off with the best news -- our Try & Buy users can save up to 45% if they purchase trial units before June 30.


UPDATE: InfoWorld published a preview of the system today with the full review to come in the next couple of weeks.

Thursday Feb 28, 2008

ZDNet: "Catching X86 Between Rocks and Cells"


ZDNet's Paul Murphy continues to examines our forthcoming Rock hardware and compares it to Intel, Windows and the x86 infrastructure.

According to him, "Sun's Rock is pretty cool hardware too -- a machine with the potential to side step the scaling issues that have traditionally limited SMP system expansion. As I understand it, the Rock hardware is sufficiently backward compatible that existing Solaris binaries for SPARC work -- but the big potential gains won't be realized without significant kernel, library, and application simplification ... If Linux continues to evolve as everyone's preferred solution for grid computing and IBM shifts much of the focus there to PPC and Cell -- while Sun rocks the SMP world with highly scalable solutions built on Solaris, then where does all that leave Windows and x86?"

Where else? In the dust!!! :-)
Sun's Rock chip

Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

ZDNet on Rock's Transactional Memory and Solaris


ZDNet's Paul Murphy discusses two CPU features -- thread scouting and transactional memory -- only found in our forthcoming Rock chip. His blog post notes, "The most obvious implication here is that Rock and its successors will allow Solaris kernel developers to make most these lock processes go away - and for applications that will initially mean simple re-compiles to take advantage of new libraries but in the longer term spark new designs eliminating many of the cycle absorbing complexities of present day multi-threading."

An interesting read.

Sun's Rock chip

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