- The 8-core SPARC64 VIIIfx "Venus" processor out-performs ROCK by a significant amount, thusly making it impractical to move forward with ROCK.
- The 16-core UltraSPARC-KT "Niagara 3" processor out-performs ROCK by a significant amoutn, thusly making it the new high-end CMT processor.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
He's Dead Jim!
Well the rumor on the street this week is that Sun has killed off the UltraSPARC-RK or ROCK processor. This was suppose to be a 16 core processor for the upcoming SuperNova servers. This would be an unfortunate blow to the SPARC family and to Sun customers as there was a lot of hope that ROCK would take the high-end of CMT against the M-Series servers and allow customers to consolidate large amounts of applications. Hopefully, this is all just rumor and speculation. I could only imagine this happening if one of the following were true: