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: Funny..
by Wes Felter on Thu 13th Apr 2006 16:05 UTC in reply to "Funny.."
Wes Felter
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2005-11-15

Don't workstations generally need single-threaded performance? You're probably better off sticking with Opteron.

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RE[2]: Funny..
by kaiwai on Thu 13th Apr 2006 22:07 in reply to "RE: Funny.."
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2005-07-06

Don't workstations generally need single-threaded performance? You're probably better off sticking with Opteron.

If that were the case, why have dual core/dual processor configurations?

The only last bastion of 'single threadedness' is the gain; everything else is threaded; the question isn't whether its threaded how how much, and by adding more cores, whether it'll head a higher level of performance.

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RE[3]: Funny..
by Wes Felter on Thu 13th Apr 2006 22:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Funny.."
Wes Felter Member since:
2005-11-15

Workstations these days are certainly using multiple processors, but each processor provides good single-thread performance, so all apps will run well enough. Niagara has terrible single-thread performance, so I suspect many desktop apps will run slowly on it. Honestly I doubt Firefox or Evolution could take much advantage of Niagara, even if they are "multithreaded".

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