Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Jun 2009 20:02 UTC
Oracle and SUN Sun Microsystems may have dropped a bit of weight by the time Oracle officially acquires the company. According to two people briefed on Sun's plans, the company has cancelled its Rock chip project, putting an end to one of its biggest revitalization bets. Sun has been working on the Rock project for more than five years, hoping to create a chip with many cores that would trounce competing server chips from IBM. and Intel. The company has talked about Rock in the loftiest of terms and built it up as a game-changing product. In April 2007, Jonathan Schwartz, the chief executive of Sun, bragged about receiving the first test versions of Rock. But the two people familiar with Sun's plans say Rock has met with an unceremonious end. The people requested anonymity, as they are not authorized to speak with the press about Sun's plans. Michelle Parkinson, a Sun spokeswoman, said the company had no comment.
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I'd bet on Oracle to do the 'smart' thing
by neozeed on Thu 18th Jun 2009 03:50 UTC
neozeed
Member since:
2006-03-03

And phase out the sparc all together. Expect with the new tanglewood Itaniums a solaris 10 port, and a copy of transitive bundled with the x86/itanium versions to run sparc exe's on Solaris 10.

Hell if Apple, SGI, and HP could do it, why not SUN?

Down the road, expect IBM to throw in the towel for the POWER cpu... It's had a good run, but it's just cheaper to buy CPU's from a CPU company.

Not everybody has to invent their own wheels.

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Jondice Member since:
2006-09-20

A lack of competition is already causing problems. The interesting thing is, the lack of competition was imposed by "standards": the x86 architecture, since most people use an OS that would only run on it. If the "peoples' OS" had been linux or NetBSD (or really anything open source), we'd also have a lot more viable processors today, and probably better ones on the whole. True, applications would need to be cross platform as well, but its easy enough to build for different architectures under the same OS for most Unices.

Times are changing though, and ARM is slowly making its way in, so perhaps people will still be making decent workstation processors someday other than Intel and AMD. Though the competition is fierce between these two, an analogy comes to mind - think about how much flexibility a two party system gives you in a Republic.

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Civikminded Member since:
2007-04-27

You really have no clue what you are talking about do you? IBM IS a processor company. The Power processor is probably powering the computational tasks of most cars on the road today. It has a gigantic embedded and millitary application market. Not to mention that the Power6 drives probably the most powerful UNIX servers available today.

Yea, it would be a great idea to throw in the towel on that.

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