OpenSPARC

A very special welcome to the new OpenSPARC community -- Sun Microsystems Launches OpenSPARC Project - Ignites New Open Source Community for Breakthrough UltraSPARC T1 Processor.

I've met a few of the SPARC guys recently, and I look forward to watching them build a community around their UltraSPARC T1 code. Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, comments in the Sun release:

"Sun's move to open up the design of the new UltraSPARC 64-bit chip is a new frontier for open source. We've long understood the benefits of openness and sharing for driving innovation and quality in software development, but it has yet to be tried for hardware design. While no one expects garage hackers doing their own chip fabs, there's no question that hardware designers can learn from each other's work as readily as software designers, and that design elements taken from one chip could more quickly advance the development of others. I'm hopeful that Sun's leadership in this area will encourage similar moves from other players."

Congrats, guys!
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I checked out the OpenSPARC forums out just recently, it took some looking around to find it \*hint\* \*hint\*. But I was shocked to see only 4 threads!!! I found the mailing list too which only had useless emails, such as 2 subscription emails.

Posted by I don't have a name :( on December 11, 2005 at 04:45 PM JST #

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