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March 28, 2013

Oracle Launches 16-Core Processor and New Servers

Intel and Advanced Micro Devices may be the best-known makers of CPUs (central processing units), but they have a lot of competition on the server market, such as Oracle, through its SPARC series.

In fact, Oracle claims to have released the world's fastest microprocessor to date: the SPARC T5, with sixteen S3 cores and 8 MB of cache memory.

All sixteen cores work at a frequency of 3.6 GHz and are assisted by 8 GB of DDR3 BL8 Schedulers memory, whose bandwidth is of 80 GB/s.

The elaborate processing unit boasts a PCI Express 3.0 I/O interface as well, plus an accelerated and simplified processor I/O architecture.

Integrated on-chip cryptographic support is another thing (it provides fast encryption capabilities for secure data center operation).

Furthermore, the SPARC T5 possesses advanced power management with DVFS.

All things considered, it is no wonder that Oracle was so eager to introduce new midrange and high-end SPARC servers.

SPARC T5-8, for example, is an 8-socket that, seeing as how each processor has 16 cores, can have a total of 128 cores.

Add to that 16 memory slots (and, thus 4 TB of system memory) and you have a practically overpowered computing machine.

SPARC T5-8 server will be officially released at some point before the end of the month (March 2013), if it hasn't already.

Enterprise clients will have to be proactive and contact Oracle if they want to secure the services of the new technology. Prices, unfortunately, aren't known, though that isn't a surprise. In the end, payment will depend on customer need and each side's ability to negotiate contracts.

All SPRC servers, or at least the SPARC T5-8 and the rest of the systems powered by the T5 chip or the SPARC T4 and SPARC M5, run the Solaris operating system (OS for short).