Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th May 2009 14:22 UTC
Oracle and SUN Ever since news got out that Oracle snapped up Sun Microsystems, a big question mark has been hanging over Sun's SPARC business. Would Oracle kill it off? Sell it? Or would they actually invest in creating a top-to-bottom hardware+software stack, like Apple and Cisco? Oracle's CEO has given the answer. And yes, that's a new category icon up there.
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If worst comes to worst...
by madcrow on Fri 8th May 2009 19:53 UTC
madcrow
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2006-03-13

SPARC customers can always roll their own chips. After all the whole thing is GPLed, meaning that if you can find an FPGA big enough to fit it, you're welcome to advance the SPARC platform in any way you see fit ;)

Also, to the person who said "everyone is jumping on the Intel bandwagon", where do you get that from? There's a certain architecture called ARM which would beg to differ with you. No it's not in servers (yet) but it's crtainly doing well in the market.

Edited 2009-05-08 19:59 UTC

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

x86 doesn't compete with ARM because nobody has really built any easily embeddable x86 chips for use in cameras, cell phones, or mp3 players. Intel and AMD are both trying to aim for those platforms, and I think there's a fairly good chance of x86 dominance.

After all, x86 took over the desktop away from PowerPC (and m68k before that). They stole the workstation market from PowerPC, MIPS, SPARC, PA-RISC, Alpha, and others. They stole the server markets from the same chips.

The blade server was invented with x86, as was the netbook. Those are new markets that didn't exist with other chips.

x86 is definitely penetrating the HPC market.

The mainframe market hasn't really changed much in 20+ years. That one is still safe.

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RE: If worst comes to worst...
by _df_ on Sun 10th May 2009 14:54 in reply to "If worst comes to worst..."
_df_ Member since:
2005-07-06

Also, to the person who said "everyone is jumping on the Intel bandwagon", where do you get that from? There's a certain architecture called ARM which would beg to differ with you. No it's not in servers (yet) but it's crtainly doing well in the market.


that was me that said that, and uh, you do realise we are talking bigiron, hpc, massive cpu clusters like the sun fire e25k, 15k, etc and such, not wristwatches. arm is doing great in cellphones but we are not talking about cellphones.

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