OpenSPARC Release

I see that Sun released the source code that implements the spec for the UltraSPARC T-1 processor, the chip inside Sun's SunFire T2000. Very cool. The birth of a new open engineering community. This one will be really fascinating to watch, though, since we're talking about an open source hardware community. It will also be interesting to see how the culture of the community develops over time. For a hint at that you can monitor the Guiding Principles and Community Governance Proposal.

From the Sun press release -- Sun made public these specifications:
  • Source of the UltraSPARC T1 design, expressed in Verilog;
  • Verification suite and simulation models;
  • ISA specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005);
  • The Solaris 10 OS simulation images.
Nice to see Solaris tucked neatly right in there. The release continues with this:

"Sun also released porting specifications for the Solaris 10 OS, which will allow developers to create and run their multi-threaded hardware and software products on the world's most advanced operating system. The release of this open operating open platform bolsters the strength of this new multi-threaded community."

Below is a list of links covering the announcement in no particular order ...


delicious tags: ultrasparc opensource gpl sun niagara opensolaris opensparc

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