Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Apr 2006 18:29 UTC
Oracle and SUN Sun Microsystems has begun selling a lower-end server using the UltraSparc T1 'Niagara' processor and has passed an important milestone in the development of the chip's successor. Its Niagara II, now officially named UltraSparc T2, is due to arrive in servers in the second half of 2007, and a higher-end cousin code-named Rock is due to arrive in servers in 2008.
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RE: Re: Funny..
by kaiwai on Thu 13th Apr 2006 07:13 UTC in reply to "Re: Funny.."
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Most technical workstations run poorly threaded highly FP intensive applications, for which the T2000 is useless. For that price range, SUN offers an actual logical choice: Opteron. Or maybe logic is different at your parent's basement...

If you read the article, the NEXT version of the Niagara will be named UltraSPARC T2; not only will be it SMP capable, it'll also have a FPU that is around equal to that of a standard/mainstream processor.

Yes, you are correct, the T2000 from THIS generation will be crap as a workstation CPU, but the NEXT one is being lined up, from what it appears, as being an accross the board replacement for the current dual/single core 'classic' UltraSPARC processors.

The reason why I also want an UltraSPARC machine is simple; even with all the hype SUN has done around Opteron, it is still treated as a second class citizen, not only in hardware support and software availability, but also the priority things are given with in SUN; the way SUN appears, they seem to be begrudingly pulling along Solaris x86, just hoping there will be a day they can drop it in favour of rushing back to their SPARC homeland.

From the lack of any workstation progress with Solaris, to the lack of decent hardware support in Solaris x86, it speaks volumes for their lack of committment to the x86.

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