Oracle Accelerates Roadmap For Sparc Processors

Enterprise software maker Oracle Corp. has revealed that it is going to accelerate the company’s roadmap with the view of delivering industry leading enterprise solutions at a much faster pace than its rivals.

The company made the announcement during the launch of its new systems based on the latest series of SPARC T4 microprocessors. It further stated that, the company is looking forward to double the performance of the processors every couple of years by beefing up the raw horse power of the chips and developing special purpose accelerators, aimed at speeding up its software significantly.

Unlike most of its arch rivals in the highly competitive server microprocessor market, Oracle disclosed its SPARC chip roadmap quite openly back in August 2010. The published roadmap also sheds light into the fact how the company is aggressively approaching towards its goal to develop SPARC T Series systems, equipped with 128 physical CPU cores by 2015. When launched, this new offering will be well capable of handling up to 16,384 threads simultaneously.

In addition, the company also plans to increase the socket supported by SPARC T to 8 in 2013-1014 timeframe.

"We are actively in test and have [software] systems up and running along the next line of generation of [hardware] systems. We have made some modifications to this roadmap and we pulled-in some upgrades to T-series and added another upgrade to the T-series, which we will detail in the future," said John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle, XbitLabs reports.