Speed On Demand with SPARC M6-32
By jsavit on Sep 25, 2013
I just saw a line in the New York Times saying "it looked very much like speed on demand" at Oracle Team USA Now Has the Wind at Its Back. The article was about the America's Cup and Oracle Team USA winning its fifth race in a row, but it also fits the new SPARC M6-32 system announced at Oracle Open World.
This server goes up to 32TB of RAM and 3,072 CPU threads on 384 cores, is designed for balanced CPU, memory and I/O performance, and includes comprehensive RAS capabilities. It runs the scalable Oracle Solaris OS that can efficiently use all those resources (something most operating systems can not do), and of course, is virtualized using the built-in Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Solaris Zones at no extra cost. I had the opportunity to log onto one of these (to configure domains, of course) and it was very impressive to see that amount of memory on a server, and to be able to configure a multiple-terabyte guest virtual machine.
All this makes the SPARC M6-32 ideal for the biggest vertically scaled applications in the world, The immense memory makes it perfect for large in-memory applications: high-end databases, Big Data, and analytics. Until the laws of computer physics are repealed, memory latency and bandwidth are going to be orders of magnitude faster than I/O (the fastest I/O in the world is the one you don't have to do) so this is the ideal platform for scale and high performance applications.
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