Tuesday Jan 22, 2008

CoolThreads Servers Deliver Major Energy and Cost Savings

Last week, the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 (and T5220) was awarded the SearchDataCenter Product of the Year award. SearchDataCenter talked up the eco-efficiency of the system, and the performance per watt it delivers. More on all that here

But that's not all just a lot of talk -- let's look at the dollars and cents.




Check out how the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 server compares to a 2-socket x86     
server. You're reading it right, the T5120 is roughly half the cost to power and cool
(annually) and comes out 20% cheaper overall. The details are here.






And, the Sun SPARC Enterprise T1000 is no slouch either. It comes out at nearly 1/3 the cost of a comparable 1U x86 server and is nearly 1/3 less to power and cool (annually). The savings are even greater -- $700-$1000 per server -- if you're a PG&E customer and can take advantage of their rebate program. Details here.


Get your hands on either systems through Sun's Try and Buy program. Sign up for a risk-free, 60-day trial of these systems then buy at 25-45% off.

Monday Jan 14, 2008

UltraSPARC T2-based Servers Take Gold in SearchDataCenter Product of the Year Awards

Hot on the heels of the Golden Globes "news conference", SearchDataCenter took the wraps off of its Product of the Year 2007 Awards winners. The UltraSPARC T2-based Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 took home GOLD in the Small Servers (four processors and under) category.

Judged on criteria including ease of integration into existing environments, innovation and value, the write up on the T5120 and T5220 notes the energy efficiency and performance per watt of the systems as well as the "free virtualization capabilities with Solaris Containers and Logical Domains (LDoms) that help keep IT costs low."

Additionally, SearchDataCenter highlights the systems for using "the same chassis, power supplies, disks and fans are used on the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intel Corp. processor-based variants of the servers, and the remote management capabilities are compatible with Sun's x64 family of servers, with standardized interfaces that are backwards compatible with the previous generation of SPARC remote management facilities."

Tuesday Oct 09, 2007

Sun Launches New UltraSPARC T2 Systems at CEC in Vegas



At Sun's Customer Engineering Conference in Las Vegas, John Fowler and Andy Bechtolsheim took the stage to announce Sun's new UltraSPARC T2-based systems -- the SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 and the Sun Blade T6320 server.

The replay is available here.

Latest benchmark results are here.

Tuesday Aug 14, 2007

Small Chip, Big Launch

I'm just resurfacing after the launch of our UltraSPARC T2 processor—aka, the world's fastest chip, aka, Niagara 2. It was a great success with coverage in well over 100 articles and reports worldwide. Here are a few resources for anyone interested in more information:

Webcast of the live launch event

Jonathan Schwartz's first blog about the launch

Jonathan Schwartz's second blog about the launch

Press release

Online press kit

Microelectronics home page

UltraSPARC T2 product page

OpenSPARC community page

Hope this helps!

Tuesday Jul 03, 2007

OpenSPARC T1 Surpasses 5,000 Downloads...And Brings a Whole New Meaning to the Term “Thread Count”

OK, it's not the same as the 8 MILLION Solaris downloads, but we're pretty happy that the OpenSPARC T1 design has been downloaded more than 5,300 times in the roughly 18 months it's been available. Of course, open source hardware is different from open source software and the OpenSPARC project shows not only Sun's commitment to open IP but also that researchers, chip designers, tools makers and foundries are interested in the many technical breakthroughs embodied in the microprocessor with the most threads—32—of any processor in its class. Sun's OpenSPARC variant—the UltraSPARC T1 processor with CoolThreads technology—is the highest-throughput and most eco-responsible processor created to date.

Interesting to know: Design variations based on OpenSPARC T1 have come from companies such as SimplyRISC and Polaris Micro and the University of California at Santa Cruz has created a Center of Excellence to research computer architecture using OpenSPARC technology.

Congratulations to the entire OpenSPARC community!


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