Oracle Announces relatively small and economical Sparc processor ‘Sonoma’ to




Oracle has during the Hot Chips conference announced a small, economical and cheaper version of the Sparc processor M7-named Sonoma. The octacore with integrated Infiniband support is designed for scalable enterprise clusters.

The Sonoma-produced on 20nm chip is based on the design of the Sparc M7, the large chip with 32 cores that Oracle announced last year and this year should appear. However, the scale is much smaller and has chosen Oracle for deep integration. This should lower latency, usage and costs lead and Sonoma must then be deployed scalable to enterprise clusters and cloud services.

Sonoma has eight cores, divided into two clusters, and can handle 64 threads. Each cluster contains 8MB L3 cache, 256KB L2 instruction cache and 246KB L2 two data caches. In addition there is a core L1I 16KB + 16KB L1D cache. There are also two DDR4 memory controllers that a total of four 2133/2400 channels admonishment. The memory bandwidth peaks at 77GB / s. Sonoma is further equipped with two integrated InfiniBand links for bidirectional bandwidth of 28GB / s and there are two PCI-E 3.0 left.

Oracle Database Sonoma Accelerators, or DAX’s, with which analytic applications for Oracle databases should accelerate considerably. The accelerators can handle both compressed and uncompressed formats and applications can submit work via the hypervisor API and sync via shared memory.

When the chip will become available and at what price is not yet known.

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