Oracle Unveils 16-Core SPARC-T5 Processors, New Servers

Oracle Introduces “World’s Fastest” Microprocessor

by Anton Shilov
03/27/2013 | 11:49 PM

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.