COMMENT: Time Capsule
Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC)With more than 17,000 vacuum tubes and 5 million hand-soldered joints, the 1,800-square-foot, 25-ton ENIAC was the first general-purpose digital computer capable of being reprogrammed. The original programmers? All women, six of whom are in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.
HAL 9000Dave: “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”
HAL: “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Quotes from 2001: A Space Odyssey (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968)
Keeping our eye on the inevitable.
SPARC MicroprocessorFrom the “Sunrise” 10MIPS processor to today’s state-of-the-art SPARC T4, the 25-year history of innovation with Oracle’s SPARC microprocessor began when Sun Microsystems developed its own RISC chip.
Sun RaySun Ray clients have no moving parts, no local operating system to manage, and no local storage. The original client, the Sun Ray 1, supported displays up to 1,280 x 1,024 pixels. Now available, Oracle’s Sun Ray 3 Plus Client, supports up to 2,560 x 1,600 resolution for a single display or 5,120 x 1,600 total resolution across two displays, plus high-performance video, audio, and security, while delivering extremely low power consumption.
Oracle Exadata Database MachineThe original Oracle engineered system, Oracle Exadata is now in its fourth generation. The Exadata Database Machine X3-8 includes 160 CPU cores for database server processing and 168 CPU cores for storage processing.
With the release of the SPARC T4 chip and the Oracle Solaris 11 operating system, which has been optimized for SPARC, Oracle has arrived at better-than-promised application performance and availability.