Artifact Details

Title

SPARC at 25 : past, present, and future

Catalog Number

102746829

Type

Moving image

Date

2012-11-12

Participants

Agrawal, Anant, Panelist
Bechtolsheim, Andy, Panelist
Fowler, John, Panelist
Hetherington, Rick, Panelist
House, David, Moderator
Hurd, Mark, Panelist
Joy, Bill, Panelist
Khosla, Vinod, Panelist
Lacroute, Bernie, Panelist
Oracle, Partner
Patterson, David A., Panelist

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Moutain View, California

Duration

01:35:48

Format

MOV

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

Event abstract:

This panel will discuss the origins and evolution of the SPARC processor on its 25th anniversary. When a small startup -- Sun Microsystems -- decided to develop their own microprocessor in the mid 1980's, it chose a Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC) architecture. The 1987 debut of the Sun-4, the first SPARC based computer, ignited meteoric growth at Sun and ultimately transformed the industry. The panelists will recollect the technical and business challenges of this revolutionary path, the risks and rewards of the development of multiple generations of increasingly complex chips, and the critical role of software. The panel will also address the current state of the market, and speculate on future challenges and opportunities.

Category

Lecture

Collection Title

CHM Lecture Collection

Lot Number

X6833.2013