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A SPARC CPU OVERVIEW: SPARC64-VII+ (M3), T3, T4, T5, M5, M10 – HOW DO THEY COMPARE?

Do you know how many SPARC CPU types does Oracle deliver currently? Not one, not two, but five. The SPARC64-VII+, the T4, T5, M5 and M10. It isn’t easy to keep track of these, hence we’ve provided an overview table to help you in that – here you are:

CPU Type  SPARC64-VII+ (M3)  T3 T4 T5 M5  M10/SPARC64-X
Servers M3000, M4000,
M5000, M8000,
M9000,
M9000-64
T3-1, T3-2
T3-4
T4-1, T4-2
T4-4
T5-2, T5-4
T5-8
M5-32 M10-1, M10-4,
M10-4S
CPU Core Codename Jupiter++ S2 S3 S3 S3 Athena
CPU Clockfrequency 2.66-3 GHz 1.65 GHz 2.85-3GHz 3.6 GHZ 3.6 GHZ  2.8-3 GHz
Number of Cores per socket 4 16  8 16 6 16
Number of Threads per core 2 8  8 8 8 2
Minimum amount of RAM,
number of sockets,
and threads per Server
 8GB
1 socket
8 threads
8GB
1 socket
128 threads
 16GB
1 socket
64 threads
256GB
2 sockets
256 threads
1TB
8 sockets
384 threads
32GB
1 socket
4 threads (2 cores activated from 16)
Maximum amount of RAM, number of sockets and threads per Server 4TB
64 sockets
512 threads
128 GB
4 sockets
512 threads
2TB
4 sockets
256 threads
4TB
8 sockets
1024 threads
32 TB
32 sockets
1536 threads
32TB
64 sockets
2048 threads
L3 Cache no L3$
(12MB L2$ though!)
no L3$ 4MB 8MB 48MB no L3$
(24MB shared L2$ though!)
Virtualization supported Dynamic Domains
(and Zones)

LDoms
(and Zones)
LDoms
(and Zones)
LDoms
(and Zones)
Hard Domains,
LDoms
(and Zones)
LDoms
(and Zones)
CPU architecture (ISA) sun4u sun4v sun4v sun4v sun4v sun4v
 OS supported Solaris 10, 11 Solaris 10, 11 Solaris 10, 11 Solaris 10, 11 Control Domain: S11 only.
Guest Domains: Solaris 10, 11
Solaris 10, 11
Noteworthy features electronically separated domains 512 threads in 2010! First S3 based, single thread AND throughput 1024 threads in 8 RU
Mainframe class,
Mission critical
Software on Chip

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