Sun GPLs Latest UltraSPARC

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-02-14 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The company is releasing its UltraSPARC Architecture 2005 and HyperVisor API specifications to open source under the GPL. (Linux-Watch)

Jonathan Schwartz, president of Sun Microsystems, announced on Feb. 14 at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco that Sun is releasing its UltraSPARC Architecture 2005 and HyperVisor API specifications to open source under the GPL. This new open-source project is called OpenSPARC. Sun is making this move to help jumpstart the porting of Linux, BSD and other operating systems, middleware and applications to its UltraSPARC T1 processor.
Click here to read more about Suns decision to release the T1 specs to the open-source community.
The T1, formerly known as Niagara, is Suns newest processor. It is designed to handle data center loads while reducing power requirements to 70 watts. It has eight cores and, with CoolThreads, 32 threads.
The UltraSPARC architecture code consists of the chips microcode and, in particular, its CoolThreads multi-threading code. The HyperVisor API will enable users to run multiple operating systems as virtual machines on the T1. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Sun GPLs latest UltraSPARC Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
 
 
 
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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