Solaris OS on UltraSPARC T2

I take it for granted that the same Solaris interfaces and capabilities are available wherever I go, home, office, or travel, never worrying that behind one screen is an UltraSPARC processor, behind another an AMD Athlon processor, and behind another a SunRay server with who-knows-what in it. As Lily Tomlin said "We don't care, we don't have to care."

But today I salute the people who make sure I don't have to care.  Steve Sistare writes about how Solaris OS was optimized to run on the UltraSPARC T2 processor, scheduling for 64 hardware threads, taking best advantage of cache associativity and page mapping, using hardware acceleration, etc. And Ubuntu Linux runs as well.

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I am a software engineer in San Diego, president of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (spec.org), formerly a mathematician and a violist.

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