Oracle Announces First SPARC M7 Systems With Better Security and Efficiency
This week at their OpenWorld event in San Francisco, Oracle announced an all-new family of SPARC systems built on the revolutionary 32-core, 256-thread SPARC M7 microprocessor. The M7 is Oracle’s latest version of the Sparc technology it acquired when it bought out Sun Microsystems in 2010.
The Redwood City-based computer hardware company is focusing on software capabilities with the new chip. Oracle said that the software techniques embedded into the SPARC M7 will significantly enhance efficiency and performance of the system, as well as deliver end-to-end security. In fact, the silicon is custom designed to help guard against programming errors that can yield serious security vulnerabilities.
“The future data centre is completely encrypted, and this is the first processor that enables that,” said John Fowler, Oracle’s executive vice president for systems. “We’re providing very highly integrated and co-engineered products that include hardware and software.”
The unique hard-wired security and performance functions are incorporated into the M7 processor using a technique known as “Software in Silicon.” The technique is designed to primarily address two major issues in modern enterprise technology: data analytics and cloud computing.
Various other features are geared towards ameliorating database performance with an aim to power business intelligence applications.
“It’s the product of a very disciplined, empirical, and engineering-driven activity,” Fowler noted, adding: “I see the SPARC M7 as a silicon expression of Oracle’s strategy.”