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Is the Sparc T4 Too Little Too Late? 128

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the intel-crushes-all dept.
packetrat writes "Ars Technica reports on Monday's launch of the Sparc T4, and how it finally (nearly 20 years after everyone else) brings out-of-order execution to Sun Sparc ... er, Oracle Sparc. But the benchmarks that Oracle has thrown up (surprise) are a smokescreen for the fact that the processor is still woefully behind state of the art, and it serves mostly as a placeholder to keep the remaining Sparc user base from defecting to Intel — even as Oracle is selling systems based on Intel and Oracle Linux. With the right benchmarks, my minivan outperforms a Maserati. The T4 is a minivan."
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Is the Sparc T4 Too Little Too Late?

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  • car analogy (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @01:56PM (#37543740)

    With the right benchmarks, my minivan outperforms a Maserati. The T4 is a minivan.

    When you're moving lots and lots of boxes, then yes, a minivan does outperform a Maserati. It's a pretty good analogy IMHO.

    As Seymour Cray noted: Anyone can build a fast CPU. The trick is to build a fast system.

    Personally I've always found SPARC boxes to be good with I/O.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.

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