Oracle has released some long overdue roadmaps for the Sparc processor and the Solaris operating system, and they’re substantial. Here’s the quick summary:
- Sparc will have 128 cores by 2015, up from 32 today. It will also have the potential for more than 16,000 computing threads, up from 512 today. Memory capacity will increase from 4TB today to 64TB in 2015.
- Solaris 11 is due out next year, six years after Solaris 10 came out in 2005. It is expected to include improvements in every facet of the operating system, from processor core and thread support to networking and security support.
“With Sparc, we are committing to at least doubling performance levels every two years,” Oracle systems chief John Fowler said. “We will scale to thousands of threads and multiple terabytes of memory.”
All in all, if Oracle follows through on this, that is some impressive stuff. Oracle has been the brunt of some bad news in the wake of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, including poor server sales results and reports that IT shops are leaving the Sun hardware platform. Much of the worry revolving around Oracle-Sun earlier was its virtual nonexistent roadmaps for Sparc and Solaris.
Now that those are in place, Oracle has better ground to be able to retain existing Sun hardware customers, and possibly go out and get some more. We’ll see what happens.