Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jan 2006 22:10 UTC, submitted by James Dickens
Oracle and SUN Someone has found the manual to Sun's Ultra 40 - which hasn't even been announced yet. The machine clearly is the bigger brother of the Ultra 20. It apparently sports two AMD Opteron processors (single or dualcore; 2.0Ghz or faster; 1MB cache), eight PC3200 DIMM slots (2GB per DIMM), and more. It will come pre-loaded with Solaris 10 (obviously) but RedHat/SUSE Linux Enterprise/Windows are also supported, in both 32bit and 64bit.
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Sun is even busier
by jamesd on Tue 17th Jan 2006 23:27 UTC
jamesd
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2006-01-17

According to the person's http://uadmin.blogspot.com/2006/01/suns-marketing-out-to-confuse-wo... , Sun also intends to release a Ultra 45 model, though it will be a SPARC machine.

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RE: Sun is even busier
by segedunum on Wed 18th Jan 2006 12:08 in reply to "Sun is even busier"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

According to the person's http://uadmin.blogspot.com/, Sun also intends to release a Ultra 45 model, though it will be a SPARC machine.

Confusing or what, eh? It looks like Sun are doing what they usually do - apparently committing to something that is obviously the way forwards and then going back to SPARC, again, and confusing everyone. SPARC is a server, and a higher-end one at that, processor and has no place on a workstation in this day and age. It simply increases the support costs and plays havoc with those who are using binaries on different machines.......

Really, if they're actually going to continue to sell SPARC machines then there was no point in running any of their workstations on Opterons. It just seems as if Sun want to muddy the waters to me.

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RE[2]: Sun is even busier
by jamesd on Wed 18th Jan 2006 12:39 in reply to "RE: Sun is even busier"
jamesd Member since:
2006-01-17

SPARC has a purpose even on the desktop, it gives you a way to test and code programs for the servers, anything from a simple 1cpu 1U server to the large servers with over 140 cores, yes you can run the same code on them all so there is a reason for a SPARC desktop.

The complaint is about the naming, that causes confusion with the consumers. If a brand new, ultra 40 is an opteron most people would think that an ultra 45 is related, they should of kept to there current naming of calling SPARC workstations blade. as in the blade 2500.

And if you want to see another reason for having sparc hardware check out the new T1 chip in the T1000 and T2000 servers, 1 RU and 2RU packages, that use less watts, and are faster than intel and amd chips at specific server tasks.

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RE[2]: Sun is even busier
by JonAnderson on Wed 18th Jan 2006 17:51 in reply to "RE: Sun is even busier"
JonAnderson Member since:
2005-07-06

It's not confusing at all. Sun sell workstations which
are SPARC or Opteron based. You buy whay you need. Your
statments are nothing more than negative spin. I mean,
most people by computers to run something called
software. This tends to have a bearing on the type of
hardware that you want to run.

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