Oracle: SELECT * FROM Sun
Posted Apr 23, 2009 13:18 UTC (Thu) by davecb
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Actually Intel is close to a monoculture, and
without AMD, IBM and Sun, would wander off
into dark corners like the the IAPX432 (shudder) and Itanium (unobtanium?),
without a presence in the 64-socket-and-above
space where Oracle sells a lot of product.
Right now, if you want a big box to run something like eBay or PayPal on, you buy Sun SPARC or IBM Power chips.
In the future, I speculate you'll see AMD competing in
the NUMA space with 32- and 64-socket systems,
implementing the heaviest-used subset of the
x86-64instruction set and faulting to emulate
the leftover dreck (;-))
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