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 segedunum on Wed 26th Aug 2009 23:34 UTC in reply to "Again and again..."
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Yer. I'm afraid off-loading specific functions to coprocessors in hardware for performance reasons, apart from specific areas (the ever expanding requirements of graphics for one), has never been terribly successful. A dedicated accelerator for such uses is always going to turn out to be better.

I can only see this as a way for Sun to squeeze their Sparc development into ever more niche areas, and niche areas people don't need at that, before Oracle inevitably has a look at the figures and pulls the plug.

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