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Starfire: Extending the SMP Envelope
January/February 1998 (vol. 18 no. 1)
pp. 39-49
The Sun Microsystems Starfire Ultra 10000 server is today's largest uniform-memory-access symmetric multiprocessor system. It uses an active centerplane with four address routers, and a 16x16 data crossbar to provide 64 processors with a memory bandwidth of 10,667 MBps. The use of point-to-point routers allows the system to be dynamically reconfigured into multiple hardware-protected operating system domains, with hot-swappable boards. This paper describes the interconnect implementation, and compares its price and performance to other multiprocessor architectures using the TPC-D benchmark.
Index Terms:
Interconnect, shared memory, uniform memory access, domains, TPC-D
Citation:
Alan Charlesworth, "Starfire: Extending the SMP Envelope," IEEE Micro, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 39-49, Jan.-Feb. 1998, doi:10.1109/40.653032
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