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Articles for the keywords: CoolThreads
14 Jul 2011 Oracle Releases Information on the New SPARC T4 and Beta program [24355]
Five Times Faster than SPARC T3

Information on the beta program for Oracle's forthcoming SPARC T4 processor caught the attention of blogger Henkis, who draws on Oracle's own releases to furnish information on the release. "The aim here was to develop a processor core that would provide high-speed, single-thread performance while also addressing the needs of applications that benefit from the high efficiency and throughput of multithreaded cores. The SPARC T4 is up to five times faster than the SPARC T3 for single-threaded functions," says Rick Hetherington, vice president of hardware development at Oracle. "It's breakthrough technology for us." Further, still from Oracle, "The new systems use "critical thread API", or the ability of the Solaris operating system to recognize critical threads in applications and assign them, by themselves, to a single processor core. This allows the critical threads to run at the very highest performance levels without competing with other less critical threads. This delivers faster overall performance by accelerating the more critical components in threaded applications."
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01 Jul 2010 Proving Oracle's Sun Systems Ideal for Business Intelligence Workloads [23199]
Delivers Responsive and Reliable BI Environment for Large Numbers of Users

To prove Oracle’s Sun systems are ideal for business intelligence (BI) workloads, Sherry Yu, Chad Prucha, and Yumiko Hata tested a platform consisting of Oracle Solaris CoolThreads-based servers, Oracle’s Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage, Oracle Solaris Containers, and Oracle Database. There were multiple objectives for this testing. A few of these were to determine the maximum advisable load of the BI software suite on the test environment, demonstrate the benefits of using Oracle Solaris Containers for BI systems, and demonstrate operational capability and explore the upper limits of a cost-effective BI environment using a standard configuration.
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24 May 2010 Using Dynamic Resource Management in Oracle VM Server for SPARC [23139]
Defining Three Policies for Three Logical Domains

Orgad Kimchi has penned a five-page article on using the Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly called Sun Logical Domains or LDoms) version 1.3 Dynamic Resource Management (DRM) for allocating CPUs resources based on workload and pre-defined polices. This technical paper defines three policies for three logical domains, offering commands for managing a policy along with the specific add-policy commands for each logical domain and how to enable them.
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16 Apr 2010 Proof-of-Concept Setting Reveals Best Practices for Network Backup [23039]
Oracle's Sun Systems for Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software Shows Its Strengths

"Best Practices for Network Backup with Oracle’s Sun Systems for Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software" describes the Oracle reference architecture for next-generation data backup using Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup software. Author Dean Halbeisen writes that the Oracle reference architecture for next-generation data backup, powered by Oracle’s Sun CoolThreads servers with chip multithreading technology and using Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup 7.5 software, provides an excellent backup solution for heterogeneous networks. His paper discusses the architecture itself, its implementation and configuration and describes performance characterization and sizing.
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12 Apr 2010 Auto Service Request and Network Services for Sun Systems and Storage [23026]
Helps Improve System Availability, Save Time, and Reduce Costs

Auto Service Request (ASR) is a secure, scalable, customer-installable software feature of warranty and SunSpectrum support that provides auto-case generation when specific hardware faults occur in Sun systems. For Sun storage, network services can be induced so specific services can be performed remotely in order to increase service availability, reduce administration time, maintain storage system performance, and manage data center environments more efficiently. To check which Sun products qualify, there is a wiki page for ASR Systems (servers) and a general product information page on network services for Storage products.
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