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Sun's Niagara 2 falls into place

Threads part of the warp and woof
Tue Aug 07 2007, 11:57
BIG TIN firm Sun Micrososystems is introducing Niagara 2 today, which is more officially known as the Ultrasparc T2.

The chip will be officially unveiled later on today, with Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz expected to describe it as the fastest microprocessor on the planet.

The core will be used in all sorts of things, from motor cars to networks. With eight cores in the chip, each chip can manipulate eight threads adding up to a virtual 64 thread tapestry.

But it's all down to software, really - Intel and AMD are currently attempting to bewitch, bother and bewilder us with multicore processors and don't want us to think about raw megahertz any more.

Despite making big inroads into the IBM and Sun Microsystems chip camps, the X86 boys very rarely get round to telling us just how the things are going to make our applications much faster.

Heck, it's hard enough writing software without parallelising it to the extent of writing for four threads, never mind 64.

You have to cut your coat according to the cloth. µ

 

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