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[4]: Funny..
by kaiwai on Fri 14th Apr 2006 01:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Funny.."
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

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".

But if one were to use it as a developer workstaiton; you can easily thread compiling and many other things; Java in itself is a thread monster; if you heavily thread the IDE, run it on Java, you'll find that Java should be alot more responsive.

As for desktop applications; Firefox has 7 threads with two tabs, for example; take into account, for example, something like Photoshop, which would would be tuned for maximum performance, I wouldn't be suprised to seeing that heavily threaded to maintain a good level of responsiveness whilst pushing 'throughput' in regards to when apply filters and the likes.

Sorry, I don't want to sound offensive, but you seem to be hiding under some sort of rock assuming that all applications out there are single threaded; this is 2006, threaded applications are common, look in your System Monitor/Task Manager and count up the number of threads flying around in the system.

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