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Oracle on Wednesday introduced SPARC T5 central processing unit, what it calls the world’s fastest microprocessor to date. The new chip features up to two times more cores than its predecessor, runs at faster clock-speeds and features a number of integrated special-purpose accelerators that work on specific workloads.

Oracle SPARC T5 microprocessors is a 16-core microprocessor with 8-way simultaneous multithreading per core, dedicated 128K L2 cache per core, a shared 8MB L3 cache (double the size found in the SPARC T4 processor), and 3.60GHz clock-speed (compared to 3.0 GHz in the SPARC T4 processor). The SPARC T5 features integrated memory interface with 12.8GB/s peak bandwidth as well as the latest industry-standard PCI Express 3.0 I/O interface. The SPARC T5 processor I/O architecture has been significantly improved to accelerate and simplify I/O virtualization and the creation of redundant I/O root domains. The SPARC T5 also sports integrated on-chip cryptographic support that provides wire speed encryption capabilities for secure data center operation; customers do not have to pay a performance penalty for encrypting large amounts of data.

Oracle also today announced a complete refresh of its midrange and high-end SPARC server lines with new SPARC T5 and M5 servers running Oracle Solaris. Oracle’s new SPARC T5 servers have set 17 world records and are the world’s best platforms for enterprise computing at any scale, delivering the best value for database and enterprise applications, the company said.

The SPARC T5-8 is a high-performing eight-socket server based on the SPARC T5 processor and optimized for data-intensive and enterprise workloads. The SPARC T5-8 server delivers superior performance, I/O expandability and unmatched RAS features. With 16 cores and 16 memory slots per SPARC T5 processor, the SPARC T5-8 server provides extreme compute density with up to 128 cores and 4 TB of system memory all within an 8U enclosure.

The SPARC T5-8 server is the first eight-socket SPARC T-Series server. The SPARC T5 processors in the SPARC T5-8 server are directly attached to each other in a glueless, 1-hop configuration that results in extremely low latency and increased application acceleration.

Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 server is part of Oracle's most powerful and efficient SPARC-based server family ever. Based on SPARC T5, SPARC T4, and SPARC M5 processors, which all share the same processor core, this server family provides seamless scalability from 1 up to 32 processors, and is designed with mission-critical applications in mind. All these SPARC servers run the Oracle Solaris operating system, the most advanced UNIX system for Oracle deployments. They share the same virtualization capabilities through Oracle VM Server for SPARC and leverage the same systems management framework through Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center. This leads to unprecedented simplicity in the deployment of all enterprise workloads, enabling reduction of business risk, delivering savings in management costs, and unlocking flexibility to grow business to any scale, while maximizing reliability and uptime.

The SPARC T5-8 server will be available to order in March 2013.

Tags: Oracle, Sun, Sparc, Sun Microsystems, Solaris

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how can it be the fastest when it can only process specific tasks?
0 0 [Posted by: 63jax  | Date: 03/29/13 01:02:13 AM]
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But can it run Crysis? The press release glaringly omitted this fact.
0 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 03/29/13 02:12:04 AM]
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too bad it does not run WINDOWS 7 nor UBUNTU LINUX. if it can be use to run one of these two OS i will save my retirement $ for one system in the next few years/decades depends on pricing compare to INTEL and AMD system. it is very likely this T5 is targeted at CORPORATIONS so it is out of range for US little computer fanatics.
0 0 [Posted by: idonotknow  | Date: 03/29/13 02:27:11 AM]
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It runs Red Hat and Open Linux plus other Unix compatible distro's
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 03/29/13 04:48:56 AM]
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beside running t5 as an ORACLE data base server what else could this t5 will be excel in doing? how about these simple things:

-- VIDEO editing compression/decompression
--- playing 3D games as WOW
--- 3D designs as in housing and automobile 3D modeling
--- weather forcasting and other SCIENCE calculation that require pure CPU power

-- what are the APPLICATIONS the BUYERS may use besides ORACLE DATABASE?
0 0 [Posted by: idonotknow  | Date: 03/29/13 02:37:03 AM]
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any of the Red Hat distro's or similar so it should run wine with ease.
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 03/29/13 04:50:38 AM]
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@ "idonotknow", yes, you are preaching to the choir.

Whatever Sun guys are left, I am sure they are ready to get the hell out of Dodge. Bad business when you only cater to niche. Look at BlackBerry/RIMM, they cater to both corp and consumer. Yea Oracle, good luck with that.
0 0 [Posted by: Rudy Avila  | Date: 06/09/13 12:49:48 PM]
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