Sun SPARC Systems: Historic View

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This is a short overview of Sun's Systems history. There are a lot of interesting things in the past which help us understand current technologies and even predict their future.

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Sun SPARC Systems: Historic View

  1. 1. SUN SPARC SYSTEMS: HISTORIC VIEW <ul><li>Pavel Anni </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sun Microsystems </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Executive Summary <ul><li>According to historical data, typical life expectancy of Sun SPARC systems family is 6.5-7.5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Systems families usually have 1.5 years overlap to allow customers make a smooth transition </li></ul><ul><li>Systems have processor speedbumps over their lifetime; starting from Sun Fire family (2001) it is possible to have processor with different speeds in one system </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies used in the systems families evolve over time, becoming more and more mature </li></ul>
  3. 3. Industry Leading ROI 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 UltraSPARC I, UltraSPARC II UltraSPARC III, IV, IV+ SPARC64 VI, VII } 6 years 7 months } 7 years 9 months ~ 6 - 7 years
  4. 4. Systems Transition Periods 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 UltraSPARC I, UltraSPARC II UltraSPARC III, IV, IV+ SPARC64 VI, VII 1.5 years 1.5 years Consistent transition period
  5. 5. Domains story 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 <ul><li>E10K </li></ul><ul><li>Since 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 16 domains per system </li></ul><ul><li>Granularity: 4 CPU + I/O (together only) </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Reconfiguration </li></ul><ul><li>Smallest system with domaining: E10K, 64-way </li></ul><ul><li>Sun Fire 25K </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 18 domains per system </li></ul><ul><li>Granularity: 4 CPU and/or I/O board </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Reconfiguration </li></ul><ul><li>Smallest system with domaining: SF 4800, 12-way </li></ul><ul><li>SPARC Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 24 domains per system </li></ul><ul><li>Granularity: 1 CPU, ¼ I/O board, 8 DIMMs </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Reconfiguration </li></ul><ul><li>Smallest system with domaining: M4000, 4-way </li></ul>Better granularity, More domains, Domains go mid-range Even better granularity, Even more domains, Domains go entry-level SPARC
  6. 6. RAS story 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 <ul><li>E10K </li></ul><ul><li>No single point of failure </li></ul><ul><li>POST and Automatic Reconfiguration </li></ul><ul><li>Redundant systems boards, power supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Hot-swap system boards, control boards, power supplies, disk drives </li></ul><ul><li>ECC and parity protection </li></ul><ul><li>Sun Fire 25K (in addition to the above) </li></ul><ul><li>Auto Diagnosis and Recovery </li></ul><ul><li>More ECC protection </li></ul><ul><li>Survive more component failures </li></ul><ul><li>Redundant system controllers and clocks </li></ul><ul><li>Redundant and hot-swappable PCI-X cards </li></ul><ul><li>Reconfigurable Logic Centerplane </li></ul><ul><li>Field Replaceble Unit ID </li></ul><ul><li>SPARC Enterprise (in addition to the above) </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced component count </li></ul><ul><li>CPU Instruction Retry </li></ul><ul><li>Memory Patrol, Extended-ECC and Mirroring </li></ul><ul><li>End-to-end ECC </li></ul><ul><li>Tight integration with Solaris 10 FMA </li></ul><ul><li>Chip level fault detection </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic Dynamic Reconfiguration </li></ul><ul><li>Preventive maintenance </li></ul>
  7. 7. THANK YOU! WHAT DO YOU THINK? <ul><li>Pavel Anni </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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