Tomorrow's launch of the Sun Niagara 2 processor raises some questions about its Advanced Processor Line (APL).
Niagara 2 (or to use its official name: UltraSparc T2) isn't just a faster version of the Niagara 1 (aka: UltraSparc T1). Sun also added a floating point controller to each processor core as well as an integrated memory controller, encryption technology and integrated network controller.
Sun admitted that Niagara 1 did a pretty poor job in floating point operations. That isn't a big deal, because the chip was designed for highly parallel processes such as web servers. But when users would incidentally feed it a small number crunching task, performance would come to a screeching halt.
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