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Sun 2P Niagara 2 Servers In H1 2008

Sun has finished the design of “Victoria Falls,” a Niagara 2 processor variation for servers with two of the multicore chips, and plans to begin shipping the machines in the first half of 2008. Sun showed a 1.75-inch-thick prototype server using the chips. Compared with older-generation UltraSparc IIIi-servers, the first-generation Niagara systems have 14 times the performance. The single-chip Niagara 2 systems will have 35 times the performance, and the Victoria Falls systems will have 65 times the performance. Niagara 2 can execute eight threads per core, for 64 threads total per chip. That means the Victoria Falls systems can execute 128 threads per 1.75-inch system or more than 5,000 threads in a rack of servers.

Sun has finished the design of “Victoria Falls,” a Niagara 2 processor variation for servers with two of the multicore chips, and plans to begin shipping the machines in the first half of 2008. Sun showed a 1.75-inch-thick prototype server using the chips. Compared with older-generation UltraSparc IIIi-servers, the first-generation Niagara systems have 14 times the performance. The single-chip Niagara 2 systems will have 35 times the performance, and the Victoria Falls systems will have 65 times the performance. Niagara 2 can execute eight threads per core, for 64 threads total per chip. That means the Victoria Falls systems can execute 128 threads per 1.75-inch system or more than 5,000 threads in a rack of servers.

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