Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Sep 2005 16:56 UTC
Oracle and SUN Sun plans to ship 8-core and 6-core versions of the Niagara processor in single socket servers before year end, according to sources. The decision to produce 6-core parts came as Sun tried to make best use of chip yields from its partner TI. In addition, Sun can now offer a couple of different prices with the Niagara-based systems, pitching the 6-core gear as lower-end. Based on 1.0GHz and eventually 1.2GHz chips, a Niagara server will consume on average 250 watts - versus close to four times that amount for similarly performing Xeon-based four-way servers.
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RE: Don't drink the coolaid yet...
by ecko on Sat 10th Sep 2005 18:16 UTC in reply to "Don't drink the coolaid yet..."
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It's a chip designed with a server workload. It's a safe assumption that you're going to have many many threads running at the same time, at least one per connection. It's the same story as always though, multiple threads working on common data are going to need locks and such which hurt performance. Web performance should be nothing short of astounding as far as I'm concerned. Remember serving up a website is basically listening for a connection, making some reads from a database and constructing packets. No locking, just reads from memory/disk and that's it.

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