Sun's UltraSPARC T2 processor made its first appearance in a pair of rack-mounted servers and a new blade system this week, laying out a new server strategy that sacrifices clock speed for improved floating point performance.
The eight-core T2s will sport 64 instructional threads (eight per core) and one floating point per core in an effort to provide an environment that exceeds simple business applications and heads into the realm of data-intensive scientific applications and high-performance computing.
The server lines will consist of the single-socket SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 rack-mounted systems. The 5120 runs at 1.2 GHZ and will be available in four-, six- and eight-core models with four SAS drives providing 146 GB of storage. The 5220 will be available in 1.2 and 1.4 GHz models with eight SAS drives. Both devices offer 16 fully buffered dual in-line memory module (DIMM) slots, each supporting 4 GB of memory.
The blade has been dubbed the T6320 and will be available in 1.2 and 1.4 GHz configurations. It also comes with four SAS drives.
All three servers support Sun Solaris, as well as the new xVM virtualization platform and the Sun Management Center Software.