On-chip Design Eliminates Need for Additional Hardware and Cards September 27, 2012,
Volume 175, Issue 4
The Oracle SPARC T4 system, Rob Ludeman points out, offers wire-speed, on-chip cryptographic support. The SPARC T4 has been redesigned with new crypto instructions to eliminate some of the performance overhead associated with earlier T-series designs, resulting in much higher performance for encrypted workloads. Ludeman points out that the on-chip design overcomes the performance degradation inherent in other compute-intensive systems and does so without costs for additional hardware or add-on cards. Furthermore, the elimination of these add-on cards eliminates as well the additional complexity associated with these cards and the process of leveraging load balancers to perform encryption tasks. The framework built into Solaris 10 and 11 also means that administrators generally dont need to spend extra cycles determining how to perform cryptographic functions, Ludeman notes.