SAN FRANCISCO — Sun Microsystems
Tuesday said its five-year strategy for its SPARC and UltraSPARC processors will improve its servers by leaps and bounds.
As part of its “Throughput Computing” strategy, the improvements to the 64-bit processors are based technology Sun acquired from Afara Websystems last year.
Within two years, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun said it plans to create processors that will increase its blade server
To help the chips handle the heavier loads, Sun is initiating what it calls “Throughput” in its processors. The idea is to combine chip multithreading to allow a single processor to execute tens of threads simultaneously. Sun estimates early versions could handle some 32 threads with future models reaching triple digits.
“Technologists and CXOs are seeking cost-effective ways to improve the security, service level and efficient operations of their companies, while benefiting from the latest innovations in technology. Sun continues to address those issues as the computing paradigm grows more complex,” said Sun CTO Papadopoulos.
Papadopoulos also said Sun is working on adapting its servers use logical partitioning technology. The project (code-named Kevlar) is expected to compete with similar offerings from IBM
Currently, Sun uses Texas Instruments
to build its UltraSPARC line. Sun said that relationship is not expected to change.
The roadmap is part of the company’s Worldwide Analyst Conference here. Earlier in the day Sun Executive Vice President Jonathan Schwartz said the company will base all of its software on its Solaris, Solaris for x86 and Linux platforms and offer a single distribution venue with three licensing models under its new “Project Orion,” starting this June.
On Monday, Sun said it will begin using AMD
in some of its blade servers.