The article suggests that the chip will ship by Q1 2010. If you can eventually buy an 8 way server filled with these, that might get you 128 threads of execution. You can buy a Sun T5240 for less than $40K and get 128 threads today. Does Oracle really plan to continue to invest in the SPARC architecture? Maybe.
WORD HAS IT THAT Intel will be announcing its eight-core Nehalem-EX Xeon processor next week, on May 26th.
Nehalem-EX will cater to servers with more than two sockets, an improvement on the firm’s current model.