Got a peek at the new Sun Niagara Servers

I'm still not allowed to say much, but looks really cool. (Sun Marketing placing duct tape on my mouth) hymph.. hmmm.. hmmm.. khmml

Here are some news articles on the SPARC Niagara boxes... No comment on any of this.

The Register.. "Sun's Niagara: speeds and feeds emerge"

I remember the first time, I logged into the old Sun v60z which had the Intel Xeon CPUs. They had dual core which confused my Lab guy. He did a mpstat and saw 4 CPUs when the order form said there was a max of 2 CPUs in the box. He came to me and verified that they didn't give me 2 free CPUs.

We are looking at how these new multi-core SPARC CPUs will effect System monitoring, operations and administration for Email/Calendar Services. One thing that I am seeing is really good consolidation of services onto these boxes. Although some applications may not scale horizontally as you want, they even start to scale negatively at some point, you can parition the applications using Solaris Zones/Containers. This creates multiple logical servers on a single physical server.

Comments:

To be clear: those Xeons have 2 \*threads\* on each CPU. That's a far cry from having 2 \*cores\*, which is generally far more powerful. The Niagara approach is to combine multiple cores and multiple threads together, to get the best attributes of each.

Posted by guest on October 13, 2005 at 05:14 PM PDT #

Thank you for the correction. As you can tell, I'm a software guy. ;)

Posted by Jonathan Hawkisn on October 14, 2005 at 02:40 PM PDT #

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