Niagra 2: What about Technical Computing?

Sun’s BMseer blog takes a look at floating-point performance on the newly announced Niagra 2 processor:
“In the UltraSPARC T2 there are eight floating-point units that are well suited for scientific applications. Based upon preliminary runs the Sun UltraSPARC T2 processor at 1.4 GHz beats all single chip scores showing 14230(est)/15081(est) SPECompMbase2001/SPECompMpeak2001. How do these preliminary runs (we must use the term “estimated” by SPEC rules) compare to SPECompMbase2001/SPECompMpeak2001 scores?
* These Sun UltraSPARC T2 1.4GHz processor scores beat the best single-chip IBM p520 POWER5+ 1.9GHz processor published result by 85%.
* ..Sun is waiting for POWER6 4.7GHz results, maybe UltraSPARC T2 results will scare IBM from ever publishing a single-chip result? Full Story

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FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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