Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
The Sun UltraSPARC T2 (Niagara 2) entered the world today with eight processing cores and eight threads per core and a wealth of benefits over the UltraSPARC T1 such as greatly improved floating point performance, FB-DIMM DDR2 RAM, and an advanced cryptographic capabilities on top of a wealth of other innovations. What makes the Niagara 2 even more interesting is that all design blueprints are being made open-source under the GPL license at OpenSPARC. Additional information on this can be found on Jonathan Schwartz blog (Sun's CEO).