Monday, September 20, 2010

SPARC T3 released at Open World

Oracle today released the SPARC T3 processor and four new systems ranging from the SPARC T3-1 with 1 CPU, 16 cores, 64 threads to the SPARC T3-4 with 4 CPUs 64 cores, 512 threads. No surprises, it the 16 core successor to the UltraSPARC T2(+) which we have been expecting since at least year, enhancements to the built-in crypto support and more cores but the same frequency and single-thread performance.

The minimal supported release of Solaris 10 is 10/09 which is good, I was afraid they would require the latest 9/10 update.

The minimal supported release seems to have changed in all documentation change to "Solaris 10 09/10", by wihch i assume they mean 9/10. This new way of writing the release name with a leading zero in the month part of the name makes it even harder to decode the name than just having two releaes named 9/10 and 10/09 and it does not match the name in /etc/release:

Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 s10s_u9wos_14a SPARC

SPARC T3 Processor
Oracle Unveils SPARC T3 Processor and SPARC T3 Systems
SPARC T3-4 SERVER Datasheet(PDF)
It's a UNIX system! New and Improved CPU support

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