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Wind River To Support Sun's Open Source UltraSPARC T1 Multithreaded Processor

Extends Platform For Network Equipment, Linux Edition With Support For Multi-Threaded Open Source Eco-system

Wind River Systems announced that Wind River Platform for Networking Equipment, Linux Edition, will be optimized to support Sun’s UltraSPARC T1 processor. The combination of a Wind River run-time platform on an open source, 64-bit, multi-threaded architecture will offer significantly increased performance throughput for high-end ATCA applications and will enable telecommunications equipment providers (TEMs) and network equipment providers (NEPs) to build next generation compute intensive communications server platforms.

This new support will result in higher service availability, faster time-to-market, reduced development costs and lower total cost of operations. Working with Sun Microsystems to deliver this solution, Wind River reaffirms its commitment to meeting the demands of NEPs and TEMs by offering commercially available Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) solutions that provide customer flexibility in designing, scaling and tuning high-end data intensive applications for next generation infrastructures.

Sun's UltraSPARC T1 processor is the industry's first multi-threaded open source chip architecture. Its complete design is published by OpenSPARC.net and available to anyone under the GNU General Public License. Having completed an evaluation port of its Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition environment to the UltraSPARC T1, Wind River is officially the first CGL solution partner to support the OpenSPARC architecture.

With this solution, developers will be able to create innovative and highly optimized ATCA applications such as Signaling and Media Gateways, Application Servers, Home Subscriber and Location Registers, and many additional components addressing the latest requirements for 3G and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) deployments. This solution will enable customers to complete projects faster and with a greater degree of hardware integration than ever before, creating unique, high-value solutions that address current and future convergence requirements for the telecom and communications markets.

“We are excited that the first Carrier-Grade Linux on the UltraSPARC T1 is from Wind River,” said Raju Penumatcha, vice president of Netra Systems and Networking at Sun Microsystems “Wind River is recognized for its rich development environment and reliability at the heart of Telecommunications networks. Combining these attributes with the unmatched scalability of the Sun OpenSPARC architecture enables a Linux platform that is ready for the next build out of converged networks.”

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