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Is Sun Solaris the same thing as Starfire?
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Is Sun Solaris the same thing as starfire?
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Sun Solaris is a unix operating system.

Starfire is one of the platforms that it runs on. Originally, Starfire was just used as a code name for a machine known as an E10000- the largest of the range of Enterprise servers that Sun sells. However, the name has kind of stuck.
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Just as a follow up to give you a little more info about them- I don't know how much you already know, so excuse me if it seems like I am stating the obvious, and shout if you wish to know anymore:


The latest released version of Solaris is version 8, which went on the market only a short while ago. It is currently one of the most popular flavour of unix in a corporate environment.


A starfire, or E10000, is a pretty big- it is about the height of a phone box, and twice as fat. It's one of the closest things you'll get to an 'off the shelf' super computer. The Starfire server houses a group of system boards interconnected by a centerplane. A single cabinet holds up to 16 of these system boards, each of which can be independently configured with processors, memory and I/O channels, as follows:

Up to four 400 MHz UltraSPARCTM microprocessor modules with supporting two
level/4 Mbyte cache per module (64 per Starfire system).

Four memory banks with a capacity of up to 4 Gbytes per system board (64 Gbytes per Starfire server).

Two SBuses per board, each with slots for up to two adapters for networking and I/O (32 SBuses or 64 slots per system). Or two PCI busses per board - each accommodating one adapter. Starfire can have a mix of SBus and PCI adapters

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