What's Different about the Sun SPECjbb2005 Result on Intel?

Some rather ridiculous comments from "Rick Jones" on the Bmseer's blog prompted me to write this.   Rick stated:

"If that four JVM figure wasn't run over and over again,
one is left wondering just how bad it was before. Given
the same CPUs at the same frequency, one would expect
more from "major impact" performance changes."


We have made huge performance improvements over the last year.  Yes, our previous capabilities on the Intel platform were less than what we can do now.  I thought that would be obvious. 

But you know what the biggest difference with our SPECjbb2005 World Record?  Sun Hardware + Sun Solaris + Sun HotSpot JVM.  Its not a result from any old box vendor who runs with the latest and greatest OS and JVM and claims the result as their own.  This is a Sun World Record, through and through.  Who else can deliver the entire stack, its a short list isn't it?

Hmm, Think of the possibilities for customers.  Who do you call when you have a JVM issue?  Sun.  OS issue?  Sun. Hardware issue?  Sun.  What if you need a specific feature which requires a tailored approach from hardware to OS to JVM?  Sun.  Thats the difference.




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