[rescue] Details on "Free Ultra 20" program

Jonathan C. Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Fri Jul 1 17:36:50 CDT 2005

On Fri, 1 Jul 2005, Mike Meredith wrote:

> I doubt that the SPARC line will be endangered until there's an
> opteron server as large as the 25K or the PRIMEpower2500. I don't
> doubt they're planning something along those lines, but they're
> probably working harder on getting the SPARC64 into a Sun designed
> machine.

There's a problem with that, in that SPARC64 and UltraSPARC aren't
binary-compatible.  They'll both execute SPARCv9 code, but SPARC64
doesn't have VIS or any of the other UltraSPARC extensions to SPARCv9.

> They could have named the Ultra20 something different though; not only
> was there one previously, but all Ultra's have UltraSPARCs. What was
> wrong with something like "the Optimum 20" ?

They could've outsourced its design to Naturetech (who makes the new
Sun-branded laptops) and called it a "Natural 20"! ;)

Jonathan Patschke ) "Beatniks and politics, nothing is new.
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