Issue No. 01 - January/February (1998 vol. 18)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/40.653032
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.
Interconnect, shared memory, uniform memory access, domains, TPC-D
A. Charlesworth, "Starfire: Extending the SMP Envelope," in IEEE Micro, vol. 18, no. , pp. 39-49, 1998.