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Archived Sun Hardware Articles
22 Jul 2010
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The Opportunity for Parallelism Is Where You Find It [23308]
Multicore Can Be More Useful than You Might Think

Ponder this: " ... multicore processors are a hardware development that software is poorly equipped to utilise." That, writes Darryl Gove in his blog on multicore processing and quoting David Patterson's IEEE Spectrum article entitled "The Trouble with Multicore." Gove takes issue with Patterson; in Gove's view, multicore is the solution, not the problem.
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15 Jul 2010
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Sun Hardware's Value Proposition for Oracle [23297]
Analysts Expect Oracle to Sell More than Just Sun Software

In his breezily titled piece "How Oracle has made Sun rise again" silicon.com writer Tim Ferguson observes that, a mere six months from Oracle's acquisition of Sun, the latter company has turned the profit and loss corner for the first time in more than a year. " During the first full quarter with Sun under the Oracle umbrella, Ferguson continues, Sun's hardware business added some $1.2bn in revenue to the Oracle ledgers, which amounted to $400m in profits.
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10 Jun 2010
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Sun SPOT Repriced [23183]
The Sun Small Programmable Object Technology Project Still Active

Sun SPOT devices have been repriced and they are selling out fast. As of this writing, there were still availability for Sun SPOT Java Development Kits for commercial orders only in the United States and Canada at the selling price of US$399.00 and 415.00CAD.
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07 Apr 2010
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Oracle's Hardware and Systems Support Policies [22995]
Translating These Policies for HW, Solaris, OpenSolaris Without All the FUD

On March 16, Oracle published its hardware and systems support policies statement, which covers its newly acquired Sun hardware and software. Speculation on the effect Oracle's policies will have on Solaris and OpenSolaris licensing has caused FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt)-driven rumors to arise. This article will take excerpts highlighting what is actually stated in the policies document and present a couple of interpretations.
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29 Mar 2010
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Microelectronics Innovation Just Got a Lot Bigger at Oracle [22993]
Former Sun EVP of Microelectronics Group Sees an Abundance of Opportunity

Former Sun Fellow and 20+-year Sun veteran Mike Splain is excited. As Oracle Executive Vice President and leader of Oracle Microelectronics, Splain sees the opportunity to innovate at Oracle as a much bigger playing field than he formerly had at Sun. "Now we get access to the entire stack," Splain said, as noted by Paulo Folgado on the Oracle PartnerNetwork Portugal blog. "We can look all the way through the stack and say, 'Okay, what would make the database go faster? What would make the middleware go faster?'"
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25 Feb 2010
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Sun's Niagara 3 [22847]
One Billion Transistors, 16 SPARC Cores Combined in a Single SoC

Sun's Niagara 3, a one billion-transistor, 16-core processor, and the IBM POWER7 are the subject of Jon Stokes's Ars Technica piece that introduces readers to the floorplan of both chips.
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