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Sun Boots Solaris 10 on "ROCK" 16-core SPARC Processor

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Sun Microsystems, Inc., today announced it has successfully booted the Solaris 10 operating system (OS) on its high-end "ROCK" SPARC processor for the first time. This important milestone comes ahead of schedule and within six weeks of Sun receiving its first shipment of prototype ROCK processors. "Booting Solaris for the first time is a critical accomplishment in the development of our high-end, chip multithreading (CMT) technology," said David Yen, executive vice president for Sun Microelectronics.


"This keeps us on track to ship our first systems based on ROCK in the second half of 2008. These systems will bring unprecedented throughput to high-end enterprise applications—like ERP, CRM and large databases—and continue to keep Sun years ahead of the competition."

The ROCK processor is a hexadeca-core (16-core) UltraSPARC implementation delivering unparalleled efficiencies for both single-threaded and multithreaded high-end applications. Sun is leading the way in high-throughput computing with the combination of SPARC, Solaris—which has long supported multithreaded hardware and applications—and Sun's unique multithreaded networking technology.

ROCK represents Sun's third generation of CMT processors, following the UltraSPARC T1 and upcoming Niagara 2 processors. UltraSPARC T1—with up to eight cores and four threads per core—is currently available in the Sun Fire T1000, T2000 and SPARC Enterprise systems. These systems, running the industry-leading Solaris 10 OS, vaulted Sun into a new league of performance and energy efficiency in late 2005. UltraSPARC T1-based systems now account for more than $100 million per quarter in Sun revenue and are helping Sun gain traction with new customers and in new markets. In March 2007, Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 cumulative sales passed the $500 million mark.

Systems based on the Niagara 2 processor are slated to become available in the second half of calendar 2007. The Niagara 2 processor will have up to eight threads per core and combines all major server functions on the processor itself, making it Sun's first "system on a chip." Niagara 2-based systems are expected to deliver twice the throughput of existing T1000 and T2000 systems.

Source: Sun Microsystems
 

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So, does anyone own a SPARC processor or are these for servers?
 

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Mostly used in servers nowadays, actually I haven't seen many SPARCstations in the past years either.

And since we all use x86 on these forums I doubt it's interesting for any of us. (sure there have been NT 3.51 ports to SPARC, though I doubt that changes anything)
 

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So, does anyone own a SPARC processor or are these for servers?

ya my cousin does i play with it sometimes its actually pretty quick and solaris well its were i got my name i think i was playing with an ultra sparc 3 pretty neat stuff not x86 compatible obviously
 

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Mostly used in servers nowadays, actually I haven't seen many SPARCstations in the past years either.

And since we all use x86 on these forums I doubt it's interesting for any of us. (sure there have been NT 3.51 ports to SPARC, though I doubt that changes anything)
I'd buy a SPARC if I knew where to buy one without the whole over-priced Sun workstation package.
 
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I'd buy a SPARC if I knew where to buy one without the whole over-priced Sun workstation package.
Ouch, I just looked at their workstations, they have one there that starts at over $11k!


It doesn't mention how many threads per core on the ROCK CPUs. I want to know: THREAD x 16 CORE = ???
 

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Solaris 10 and ZFS is very nice. ZFS is so streamlined and easy to use, it almost brings a tear to my eye.
 

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16 cores? wtf :eek: