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Niagara: a 32-way multithreaded Sparc processor

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3 Author(s)
Kongetira, Poonacha ; Sun MicroSystems Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA ; Aingaran, K. ; Olukotun, K.

The Niagara processor implements a thread-rich architecture designed to provide a high-performance solution for commercial server applications. This is an entirely new implementation of the Sparc V9 architectural specification, which exploits large amounts of on-chip parallelism to provide high throughput. The hardware supports 32 threads with a memory subsystem consisting of an on-board crossbar, level-2 cache, and memory controllers for a highly integrated design that exploits the thread-level parallelism inherent to server applications, while targeting low levels of power consumption.

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

March-April 2005

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