Tuesday Nov 25, 2008

Sun CMT Servers and the Mighty Zeus

Sun partner Zeus Technology threw down a price/performance lightning bolt announcing that its Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager (ZXTM) software running on Sun's SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5140 servers delivers the highest price/performance and scalability across any server platform, based on the latest industry standard throughput tests.

Commenting on the achievement, Sohrab Modi, vice president, Advanced Technologies, at Sun said: “Today's announcement by Zeus confirms the exemplary performance of their application delivery on our SPARC CMT Enterprise servers. The overall value of the Zeus/Sun solution highlights Sun's continued commitment to helping customers derive superior price performance benefits."

More information on Zeus' ZXTM running on SPARC Enterprise servers is available here.

Zeus' press release is here.

Thursday Sep 04, 2008

Get your free, unrestricted, copy of Sun HPC ClusterTools 8.0 with Linux support, today!

HPC ClusterTool Screenshot Expanding the scope of its HPC software solutions, Sun announced the release and immediate availability of Sun HPC ClusterTools 8.0.

Sun HPC ClusterTools 8.0 is a high-performance production quality MPI (Message Passing Interface) implementation based on the Open MPI 1.3 open source project, and with the release of HPC ClusterTools 8.0, Sun now supports Linux distributions as well as Solaris and OpenSolaris OSs. With growth of HPC systems outpacing traditional IT due to the rapid expansion of modeling and simulation in research projects and product innovation, Sun continues to successfully build out some of the largest installations in the world, like the Texas Advanced Computing Cluster (TACC), and also deliver complete HPC hardware, software, and services solutions for customers. In addition to Intel x86, AMD x86, and Sun UltraSPARC-based servers, Sun now offers complete software stack offerings on both Linux and Solaris OSs, with all the innovations of OpenSolaris now available to the HPC community.
For developers, Sun HPC ClusterTools 8.0 works with both Sun Studio and GNU/gcc-based toolchains on Solaris, OpenSolaris, and Linux OSs. With Sun Studio software that includes optimizing C, C++, and Fortran compilers, support for OpenMP, optimized math and performance libraries, and performance analysis tools, developers have an advanced integrated solution optimized for the performance and productivity requirements of HPC applications. From the Lustre cluster filesystem, to Sun Grid Engine resource management software, to Sun HPC ClusterTools -- Sun is a leader in HPC software.

For more information, check out Kuldip Oberoi's blog.

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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