It’s quite interesting following the Sun T2000 performance contest. It’s a great marketing plan – generate some buzz about the new server (and the Niagara family of CPUs, and indirectly Solaris 10) by loaning them out for people to benchmark and play with for 60 days. If you publish some good results, you may even get to keep the server.
Some early articles I’ve read:
I’d be very curious to see how an enterprise application like SAP ERP or a database like DB2 perform on the T2000. While not applications that one may traditionally associate with a highly threaded, multi-core CPU, I’m sure they’d see similar performance boosts to those seen by web applications. Certainly, any SAP-based application server, with its virtualization of the operating system processes into work processes, would benefit. It’s just a pity the competition and trial offer aren’t available in South Africa.
Something that pleases me about this – it shows Sun’s continued commitment to the SPARC architecture. With their punting of Opteron-based servers of late, I was beginning to fear for the continued survival of what is probably my favourite CPU family.