More on Sun Starfire

John Falkenthal (john.falkenthal@West.Sun.COM)
Sun, 8 Jun 1997 14:45:13 -0800 (PDT)


I've had several requests for more info on what a "Sun Starfire" really is:
briefly, the biggest baddest SMP on the planet...

- 64 UltraSPARC II processors @ 250mhz, 1 or 4mb ecache (moving to 333Mhz)
- 64 Gigabytes memory
- crossbar interconnect (something over 10Gbyte/sec sustained bandwidth...
don't recall the exact figure)
- runs Solaris 2.5.1 - fully binary compatible with other Sparc/Solaris systems
- Unique domain/partitioning features, and dynamic reconfiguration capabilty
(cpu's, memory, and I/O can be added and removed from the system without
interrupting Solaris). Lots of addition RAS features.
- I have no idea how many terabytes of storage you can put on it, but
we've got a system right now with 14 terabytes on it...

Of course, the above is a max configuration. At any given time I have
several smaller Starfire's contributing DESCHALL.

Starfire is targeted at mission critical database/transaction processing -
but it can certainly hold its own doing scientific work too...

Sorry for the shameless self-promotion - but its all in the name of DESCHALL.
(well, mostly)

JF