Early SPARC System Architectures

The earliest SPARC systems are relatively simple. In this section, I group them into six generations of system designs. I have included benchmark results for early systems; the benchmarks are now obsolete and may be hard to find. More recent systems have benchmark results that can be obtained from the http://www.specbench.org web site.

SPARC Uniprocessor VMEbus Systems

At the time SPARC was introduced, it was positioned at the high end of the product line. These systems were built with many components on large-format VMEbus cards. Each member of this family implemented different variations on a common theme, with a single CPU, 128-Kbyte cache to hold both data and instructions (apart from the Sun-4/100), Sun-4 ...

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