Monday, April 2, 2007

Sun Licenses Multithreaded 10 GigE Tech to Marvell

Marvell will build and sell high- performance networking products based on Sun Microsytems' Multithreaded 10 Gig E networking technology, which is a network interface designed to optimize throughput between multithreaded processors and the network. Sun said its technology can bridge the gap between the high throughput of increasingly powerful multicore, multithreaded processors and 10 Gigabit-per-second networks via a multithreaded, high-performance network interface.

Under the licensing agreement, Marvell will also build specific products for Sun using this technology. Marvell will offer its customers true 10 Gig E throughput tuned for virtualization. Marvell and Sun are collaborating to further spur innovation for upcoming generations of highly threaded Ethernet I/O in silicon, which are expected to include 10GbaseT, 40 Gig E and eventually 100 Gig E technology.

The Sun Multithreaded 10 Gig E Networking Technology employs multiple DMA channels to reduce the need for CPU resources for I/O processing. Sun said that in tests using SPARC or x64-based multicore servers, the Sun Multithreaded 10 Gig E Networking Technology can deliver application performance improvements of up to four times Sun's current network interfaces.

Sun also said the agreement with Marvell validates its charter to drive innovation and adoption of Sun technology in networking, cryptography and high-performance computing. It also affirms Sun's multithreaded, multicore computing strategy-embodied in the Solaris operating system and all Sun's SPARC- and x64-based systems.

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