Oracle T4 Microprocessor

In response to the industry’s current fascination with Intel Itanium and IBM’s Power technology, Oracle has launched a new generation, business-critical hardware through its new fault-tolerant servers based on its latest SPARC T4 central processing units.

The new T4 microprocessors feature on-chip networking functionality and crypto accelerators, according to the company.  Oracle further noted that the new SuperCluster systems will not only provide “industry-leading” performance, but will also ensure support for mission-critical capabilities.

Here are some of the highlights of the SPARC T4 microprocessor:

  • Eight SPARC V9 cores (8-way multi-threading)
  • Ability to process up to 64 compute threads at once
  • 128 KB L2 cache per core (1MB cache total)
  • 4MB shared L3 cache
  • Integrated dual-channel memory controller for up to 16 DIMMs
  • 256GB PC3-8500 (1066MHz memory)
  • Dual, multi-threaded on-chip 10GbE ports
  • Two PCI 2.0 x8 ports
  • Crypto instruction accelerators
  • 16 industry standard ciphers including DES, 3DES, AES, SSL, SHA, RSA

The SPARC T4 will provide organizations with shorter application boot times and rapid batch processing through accelerated single-threaded processing, according to the company.  Oracle further maintains expectations include high throughput performance – providing an ideal platform for consolidation and virtualization of legacy architectures.

There will be five initial systems based on the new generation of T4 chips, including the following: SPARC T4-1 (one socket, 2U); SPARC T4-1B (one socket, 1U); SPARC T4-2 (two sockets 3U); SPARC T4-4 (four sockets, 5U) in addition to the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4.

A variety of Oracle servers are available for rent through the server rental services at Vernon Computer Source.  While Oracle continues its development to meet the industry demand of Intel Itanium and IBM Power 7, Vernon continues to supply all ends of server technology, providing a healthy selection for its customers.

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