Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Aug 2008 22:13 UTC, submitted by rom508
Oracle and SUN OSNews reader rom508 sent us a note that apparently, Sun has ceased selling all of its UltraSPARC-based workstations, with only their x86 workstation offerings remaining. The Ultra 25 and Ultra 45 workstations, both UltraSPARC-based, are still listed on Sun's website, but are marked as 'end-of-life', with the notice that they are "superceded by the next generation Sun Ultra 24 Workstation [x86]". One must wonder if this means the end of Sun's UltraSPARC workstation line. As a proud owner of an indestructible Ultra 5, I must say, that would be rather sad.
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I wrote this two years ago
by kloty on Thu 28th Aug 2008 06:37 UTC
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There is simply no SPARC processor which is suitable for workstation, so this is just logical consequence, that Sun quits this market. SPARC processors have geat thorughput, but low single core performance, so as long as lot of workstation software is not multithreaded and does not need lot of thoughput, but relies on great floating-point and integer performance, SPARC-based workstation is useless. The only argument for SPARC-workstation is to use it for development of software, but Itanium shows that it is possible to have servers only and still be able to do software development.

What is advantage of workstation compared with a CITRIX-based solution anyway? Decent graphics performance, but did SPARC-based workstation had decent graphics performance?

So RIP SPARC-workstation. Used them a lot in university and had a Blade100 at work (EDA). Now we are all CITRIX-based and Linux-servers are running circles around SPARC-servers when it comes to heavy calculations, but when it comes to lot of GUI work, SPARC-server still rules.


Edited 2008-08-28 06:38 UTC

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