Friday, July 23, 2010

UltraSPARC T3: Open Solaris Support

UltraSPARC T3: Open Solaris Support

There is news in the OpenSolaris front: new additions to OpenSolaris and formal naming of the new CoolThreads CPU from Oracle/Sun!

OpenSolaris PSARC/2010/274 is not published, but appeared on Twitter describing a new "-xtarget value for UltraSPARC T3".

For those of you who are unaware, the 16 core with 8 thread per core UltraSPARC T3 from Oracle appears to be the successor to the UltraSPARC T2+ from Sun.

Network Management Tie-In

What does this mean for Network Management?

The Register published a possible SPARC roadmap, showing the a 16 core 8 thread/core processor showing up just after mid 2010, so one might suspect the arrival is close.

Oracle OpenWorld starts September 20, 2010 - so we may have an announcement around then.

If you are building or expanding a NOC, it might be prudent to as for an NDA to determine best purchase time or wait a couple months (if you are a new customer) before striking a purchase, since the high performance UltraSPARC T3 may be just around the corner. Twice the throughput per socket may be worth the wait, if the cost is not significantly higher.

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