Oracle, Fujitsu team on Sparc64 'Athena' chip

Project Athena will deliver the next-generation Sparc64 processor by next year

By , IDG News Service |  Hardware

"We will be able to quickly grow a small system into a very large machine by adding more building blocks," Toyoki said.

The processor will feature some advanced processing capabilities, which Fujitsu describes as "software-on-chip" technologies that could speed the type of operations required by Oracle software. They include embedded decimal ALUs (Arithmetic Logic Units), and embedded encryption and decryption units to handle the latest encryption standards, namely AES, DES, 3DES, RSA and SHA.

The processor also borrows a methodology from the supercomputing space, namely the High Performance Computing Arithmetic Computational Extension (HPC-ACE), which provides a way of executing multiple instructions simultaneously, which should speed data fetching and compression and decompression speeds.

(IDG News Service reporter Chris Kanaracus contributed to this report.)

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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