Transitive, a start-up specialising in software that translates software for one chip so it can run on another, plans to release software this quarter so programs for Sun Microsystems’ Sparc chips can be used on Intel Xeon chips.
Sparc-on-Intel Translator Due in Weeks
Submitted by george 2006-08-18 Hardware 7 Comments
This is very interesting, because there is still virtually no commercial software from ISVs for Solaris x86 available. So the Opteron workstations from Sun could only be used as development machines. With the possibility of translation similiar to Apples Rosetta, the user finally can start to use Solaris software for SPARC on these machines and if they are not satisfied with the performance, they can put more pressure on ISVs for supporting their software for Solaris x86.