Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 18th Aug 2006 04:47 UTC, submitted by george
Hardware, Embedded Systems Transitive, a start-up specialising in software that translates software for one chip so it can run on another, plans to release software this quarter so programs for Sun Microsystems' Sparc chips can be used on Intel Xeon chips.
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Great
by kloty on Fri 18th Aug 2006 06:05 UTC
kloty
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2005-07-07

This is very interesting, because there is still virtually no commercial software from ISVs for Solaris x86 available. So the Opteron workstations from Sun could only be used as development machines. With the possibility of translation similiar to Apples Rosetta, the user finally can start to use Solaris software for SPARC on these machines and if they are not satisfied with the performance, they can put more pressure on ISVs for supporting their software for Solaris x86.

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RE: Great
by kaiwai on Fri 18th Aug 2006 09:01 in reply to "Great"
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2005-07-06

True, two that come to mind, that are on SPARC but not x86 are Framemaker and Acrobat Reader.

The problem, howevwer with translation is this; whether the vendor will actually eventually port or will they turn around and say, "hey, it works well enough on the translation layer, who cares about porting it!".

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RE[2]: Great
by kloty on Fri 18th Aug 2006 11:03 in reply to "RE: Great"
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2005-07-07

No I don't think this is a valid excuse, just as little, as for developers for MacOS X software, not to provide Intel binaries. This is especially valid for ressource hungry software like software for EDA, CAE, CAM ... So running this software with translation software is a proof of concept, but for production, native software is still required.

Regards,

Anton

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