Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Aug 2009 18:08 UTC
Oracle and SUN "Sun Microsystems' product plans are up in the air pending its acquisition by Oracle, but the company's chip engineers continue to present new designs in the hope they'll see the light of day. At the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University on Tuesday, Sun presented plans for a security accelerator chip that it said would reduce encryption costs for applications such as VoIP calls and online banking Web sites. The chip, known as a coprocessor, will be included on the same silicon as Rainbow Falls, the code name for the follow-on to Sun's multithreaded Ultrasparc T2 processor."
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RE: Again and again...
by Drumhellar on Wed 26th Aug 2009 23:31 UTC in reply to "Again and again..."
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

So, Sun shouldn't include SSL acceleration because they eventually get leap-frogged by a third party?

Or, maybe third parties shouldn't create SSL boards because they eventually get leap-frogged by Sun?

I like the latter better.

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RE[2]: Again and again...
by segedunum on Wed 26th Aug 2009 23:37 in reply to "RE: Again and again..."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

You're always going to bet on the third-party in that scenario because there's any number of ways in which they can improve performance, and there are already good accelerators around right now. From a commodity perspective it remains to be seen whether Sun's approach performs better than a x86 system dedicated for the purpose.

It's an ultra-niche and ultimately fruitless selling point when you consider the competitors that are already there and doing it.

Edited 2009-08-26 23:38 UTC

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RE[3]: Again and again...
by jwwf on Thu 27th Aug 2009 02:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Again and again..."
jwwf Member since:
2006-01-19

You're always going to bet on the third-party in that scenario because there's any number of ways in which they can improve performance, and there are already good accelerators around right now. From a commodity perspective it remains to be seen whether Sun's approach performs better than a x86 system dedicated for the purpose.

It's an ultra-niche and ultimately fruitless selling point when you consider the competitors that are already there and doing it.


So it's a fruitless selling point when there are competitors who base all of their selling on the same point? If you are already buying SPARC, I can't see how not having to spend any money on a third-party board could be considered a bad thing.

I don't see how this is any different than a UNIX vendor back in the day bundling a volume manager. It may not be the best one, but it relegates the dedicated third party product (eg Veritas) to the niche, not the other way around.

Same deal with integrated video. I bet integrated video chews up a third of nvidia's potential market by the mere virtue of being there.

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