SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems Inc.
(Nasdaq: SUNW - News) announced today at the Open Source Business Conference
(OSBC) that its OpenSPARC initiative has released the UltraSPARC(R)
Architecture 2005 and HyperVisor API specifications to help jumpstart the
porting of Linux, BSD and other operating systems, middleware and applications
to the UltraSPARC T1 processor with CoolThreads(TM) technology. The
publication of these specifications will broaden the base of users who can
take advantage of the performance, power and space benefits of the UltraSPARC
T1 processor's massive throughput. The documentation is available for free
download at: opensparc.net.
"Sun is making the documentation available to help nurture the creation
of a new chip multi-threading community, and to assist companies interested in
porting operating systems and other applications to the UltraSPARC T1
processor's threaded environment. The development community now has the
information needed to port Linux to the CoolThreads architecture and to take
full advantage of the chip's multi-threading capabilities. Sharing UltraSPARC
T1-based processor source code reflects Sun's continuing commitment to the
open source development model and to offering customers greater choice.
"Today we open the door to expanding SPARC onto new platforms and into new
markets, breaking down barriers to innovation and giving our customers more
choice," said Jonathan Schwartz, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sun
Microsystems. "Having Linux or BSD ports for the UltraSPARC T1 processor will
greatly expand the SPARC market, giving customers more opportunities to reap
the benefits of our CoolThreads technology. The OpenSPARC effort is fostering
a community for SPARC-based, 32 thread innovation that will play a crucial
role in redefining industry standards in the data center."
Community Support for OpenSPARC
Industry guru David Miller is actively working on expanding the UltraSPARC
T1 onto new operating platforms and applications.
Kip Macy, the author of the FreeBSD port to the Xen x86 hypervisor, is
excited about the opportunity to port FreeBSD to a new hypervisor on a new
"The UltraSPARC T1 processor's approach to throughput computing is a
refreshing change from other architectures and FreeBSD will one day be able to
fully exploit the parallelism exposed by the cutting edge processor. The T1 is
particularly interesting to me because I feel that its price-performance
should, for the first time, make the UltraSPARC an important participant in
commodity computing environments."
Opensparc.net is a free, active, open source community resource that
encourages users to join and participate.
For more information on OpenSPARC, please go to http://www.opensparc.net/
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