Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Sep 2005 16:56 UTC
Oracle and SUN Sun plans to ship 8-core and 6-core versions of the Niagara processor in single socket servers before year end, according to sources. The decision to produce 6-core parts came as Sun tried to make best use of chip yields from its partner TI. In addition, Sun can now offer a couple of different prices with the Niagara-based systems, pitching the 6-core gear as lower-end. Based on 1.0GHz and eventually 1.2GHz chips, a Niagara server will consume on average 250 watts - versus close to four times that amount for similarly performing Xeon-based four-way servers.
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by Earl Colby pottinger on Sat 10th Sep 2005 19:38 UTC
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Will BeOS run on these?

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by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 10th Sep 2005 19:44 in reply to "BeOS"
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Will BeOS run on these?

I'm not sure if this is a serious question-- but I'll answer it anyway.

The Niagara chips are SPARC chips, so the short answer to your question is: no.

There is also a long answer. If you by BeOS mean Haiku, then it is possible that someone will be willing to a) buy a Niagara-based server (costing tens of thousands of Euros, probably) and b) port Haiku to it when it's ready. If that happens, then yes, BeOS will run.

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RE[2]: BeOS
by mario on Sat 10th Sep 2005 20:32 in reply to "RE: BeOS"
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Sun is usually nice to porters, and gives away or sells at heavily discounted prices, to developers intent on doing a port of their software, to their hardware or OS (Solaris). I am keeping it vague ("hardware", "OS", both etc.) as I know of multiple examples of this kind of cooperation.

However, a single-chip 1U Niagara server might probably not cost "tens of thousands" of euro. Ten thousand, maybe, 20.000 or more, I don't think. Just based on past experience, Sun has never ever priced any of their 1U servers more than about US $10.000.

For example: Sun Fire V20z, EXTRA LARGE configuration, US $5.795. Sun Fire V210 LARGE config, US $8.845. V120 LARGE is only US $2.845. V100 LARGE is US $2.195.

My guess: an entry level, 6-core 1U server ("T1000"?) will cost about US $4000-5000. With a little Sun discount (rather easy to get), suddenly a Niagara machine seems very accessible.

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