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05 Jul 2017
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Oracle chip designers quietly work on new SPARC CPU [64809]
The Register, July 5th 2017

"Would be the first M-line server processor since 2015's M7...

Oracle engineers are seemingly working on a new SPARC processor: the M8.

This is judging from a series of patches submitted by Oracle developer Jose Marchesi to the widely used free-as-in-freedom compiler toolkit GCC.

The code "adds support for the SPARC M8 processor to GCC. The SPARC M8 processor implements the Oracle SPARC Architecture 2017," according to Marchesi, who runs the GNU Linux toolchain team at Oracle. Spokespeople for the database giant declined to comment further..."
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30 Jun 2017
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Chip Hall of Fame: Sun Microsystems SPARC Processor [64642]
IEEE Spectrum, June 30h 2017

Using an unproven new architecture, this processor put Sun Microsystems on the map

There was a time, long ago (the early 1980s), when people wore neon-colored leg warmers and watched "Dallas," and microprocessor architects sought to increase the complexity of CPU instructions as a way of getting more accomplished in each compute cycle. But then a group at the University of California, Berkeley, always a bastion of counterculture, called for the opposite: Simplify the instruction set, they said, and you'll process instructions at a rate so fast you'll more than compensate for doing less each cycle. The Berkeley group, led by David Patterson, called their approach RISC, for reduced-instruction-set computing.
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26 Apr 2017
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Friday Spotlight: Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC [62922]
By Jeff Savit

Jeff blogs, "Oracle recently announced Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC) available as a developer release for the benefit of developers and partners. Now you can install Oracle Linux in a guest domain under Oracle VM Server for SPARC managed by Oracle VM Manager or OpenStack..."
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17 Apr 2017
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New SPARC Cloud Offerings and Secure Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure Service [62690]
By Javier Puerta

Javier blogs, "Learn about the different SPARC-based cloud solutions. Acquaint yourself with a new on-premises cloud offering called Secure Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure as a Service which implements SPARC Enterprise.

Watch the video..."
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07 Apr 2017
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Fujitsu and Oracle Launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 Servers with World's Fastest Per-Core Performance [62247]
Providing optimized infrastructure for both on-premises and cloud environments

Fujitsu Limited and Oracle announced the launch of Fujitsu SPARC M12, a new lineup of enterprise servers now available worldwide.

Featuring Fujitsu's new SPARC64 XII processor, Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers achieve the world's highest per CPU core performance in arithmetic processing, offering dramatic improvements for a wide range of database workloads, from mission-critical systems on premises to big data processing in the cloud.

The new Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers join the vibrant SPARC technology ecosystem, and together with Oracle's SPARC systems they leverage the unique security and scalability features of the Oracle Solaris operating system, as well as the efficiency and versatility of the Oracle VM Server for SPARC virtualization software.

Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers are offered in two models: the two-processor Fujitsu SPARC M12-2 server, and the Fujitsu SPARC M12-2S server, which can be expanded incrementally to a maximum of 32 processors.
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03 Apr 2017
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Announcing Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 for SPARC [62254]
By Avi Miller

Avi blogs, "The Oracle Linux operating system is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. It delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC) is the first public release of Oracle Linux on the SPARC platform. It was built from the same source packages as the corresponding Oracle Linux distribution for the x86 architecture, plus any required patches and modifications to support the SPARC platform..."
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