Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 22:09 UTC
Oracle and SUN Sun Microsystems says its new UltraSparc T1 microprocessor, nicknamed Niagara, is creating a big splash. Sun was set to report Monday that 60 percent of the trial units of Niagara, an open-source product, have been ordered by new customers. This indicates that the company is gaining market share from rivals such as IBM's Power and Intel's Itanium high-performance microprocessor architectures.
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RE[7]: Unfortunately
by evad on Wed 4th Oct 2006 09:27 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Unfortunately"
evad
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2005-09-10

I realise the benefits of parallelism and I seriously believe the future of computing machines and the future of ubiquitous computing is with the parallel programming paradigm.

The only problem is we're quite obviously not there yet. Although programmers have to change (and at my University students are required to learn Occam, old, but, it teaches programmers the ideas and the parallel way of thinking), the programming world won't change overnight.

Hence my point, I believe, still stands, is Sun moving too far too fast - i.e. are they creating an ultra-parallel product where the number of applications that can really take advantage of that is minimal.

Even if they're not moving too fast I really do believe that the market for this isn't massive (yet) and as such it's not really fair to say that uptake of the T1 systems - which I trully believe are fantastic - show Sun is making a market share recovery and gaining share away from POWER and Itanium.

In your example one bodybuilder is 250lb and the rest are just 160lb. Lets say then that the 32 people have just say 50% of the strength and stamina of the bodybuilder. Obviously still here 32 of these will be better, even with the overhead of communication and syncing and waiting.

However, are Niagara's threads even 50% as fast as a standard single core'd modern Opteron? If they are then they're going to do a fantastic job in the real world.

Are the processing cores sufficiently powerful? Perhaps in reality should your example have been one 250lb body builder and 32 small children? Is that a better example when comparing an Opteron to a T1?

I don't know the answer, I'm just asking questions. I'm not attacking parallelism, I'm asking is T1 the best trade off between single threaded performance and parallelism.

corrected a minor spelling mistake

Edited 2006-10-04 09:30

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