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The Race Is On in High-End Unix Boxes

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JohnVerity
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4/25/2013 6:41:02 PM
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Re: Shrinking Market
I can remember when RISC was all the rage, back in the 1980s. It was seen as a revolution in computer architectures, and it was. Unfortunately, the x86 design, shipping in massive volumes for all those PCs, took over the market.

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JohnVerity
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4/24/2013 2:49:32 PM
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Re: Shrinking Market
There must be some good money in this business or else Oracle and IBM wouldn't be at each other's throats the way they are. It would be too bad, though, if one of them dropped its RISC business.

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JohnVerity
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4/23/2013 7:52:37 PM
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Re: Shrinking Market
I am pretty sure threads is a function of the hardware. Sparc T5 can handle 128, I believe. That is impressive. 

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JohnVerity
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4/22/2013 9:13:27 PM
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Re: Shrinking Market
Is number of threads a function of Unix/software, or the underlying hardware, such as SPARC or x86?

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Wisco
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4/22/2013 8:22:14 PM
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Re: Shrinking Market
One counter-argument I will aim at myself is that Unix can process twice as many parallel threads as x86.

 

This might be what Oracle sees.

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JohnVerity
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4/22/2013 6:07:32 PM
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I am not fully up on it, but I think Oracle is putting some money in Solaris. And there also are open source versions of that OS, such as Illumos.

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RaviN
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4/22/2013 1:04:09 AM
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Re: Shrinking Market
May be its not in Oracle's business interests, but I would be more interested in having Solaris get a new life than SPARC. Solaris is a beautiful and stable OS and way less fragmented than Linux.

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Virtual
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4/20/2013 5:38:06 PM
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Re: Shrinking Market
@Wisco   I agree.  I don't see a resurgence in the use of Unix.   For all the talk of Intel and the shrinking PC market.  Most business and individuals are not using the the computing power they have now. 

Using older Linux kernels for instance that does not ensure you are taking advantage of the max. amount of processors available is just one thing I have recently encountered and I am sure there are other instances to note.

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Virtual
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4/20/2013 5:33:03 PM
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Re: Shrinking Market
"....monoculture is not so good." 

I agree John, competition and choice is a must.

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Virtual
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4/20/2013 5:30:45 PM
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Oracle Did Something Right ?
Nice to learn of increased competition in the high-end Unix space.  No big fan of Oracle, I must give them some credit for helping to bring down the cost of these systems.

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