Charon SSP- Emulation Solution for Sun SPARC hardware



Our SPARC virtualization product, Charon-SSP, creates the virtual replica of the original Sun SPARC hardware inside a standard 64-bit x86 compatible computer system. It will run the original SPARC binary code, including the Solaris SPARC operating systems, their layered products, and applications.

Modernize your Sun SPARC hardware- Virtualize with Charon-SSP

The three version of the Charon SSP, 4M/4U/4V, are designed to replace the following Sun SPARC computer systems with their virtual equivalents running on a Linux host platform:

  • Charon-SSP/4M – Sun-4m/V8 1/4
  • Charon-SSP/4U – Sun-4u/V9 1/24
  • Charon-SSP/4V – Sun-4v/V9 1/64

Only the ageing legacy system hardware, Sun SPARC, is virtualized. The Solaris operating system OR SunOS and all software that is running in that environment remain working as always. Very few changes to the original software (SolarisOS, layered products, or applications) are required, and their management routines remain the same.

Version 5.4 now available!

Updates to version 5.4 include:

  • Redesign of graphic card emulation remote rendering, eliminating the open-source dependency
  • Added support for Rocky Linux
  • New suspend & resume function in SSP/4V
  • SCSI EFI booting in SSP/4V
  • More virtual Ethernet cards in SSP/4V
  • BGE emulation in SSP/4U
  • Floppy emulation in SSP/4U
  • Several minor bug fixes

SPARC CPU & System

Charon-SSP virtualizes the 32-bit Sun SPARC-4m/V8 platform, 64-bit Sun SPARC-4u/V9 and Sun SPARC-4v/V9 platforms. Due to the overhead of emulation, a performance evaluation must be performed for fast SPARC platforms such as the M-, T-and S-series servers to determine if the SPARC emulator can deliver the necessary performance. The legacy SPARC emulator software layer presents almost all virtual onboard devices to the upper layer, from the SPARC’s operating system, Solaris/SunOS to the applications.

A separate RPM installer is provided to allow the product to be installed on a standard Linux distribution, such as Red Hat Linux or Fedora. Charon-SSP works well with mainstream SPARC virtualization solutions and products like VMware, Oracle VM, etc.

Management Application

Charon Manager is an integrated component of the Charon-SSP product. It provides an easy-to-use and intuitive graphical interface to manage Charon-SSP and virtual SPARC legacy systems either locally or remotely. Charon Manager can be installed as a standalone application on Linux or Windows, and it works as the virtual SPARC management station.

Improved Performance

Charon-SSP utilizes Stromasys’ unique dynamic instruction translation technology (i.e., DIT) to
improve runtime Sun SPARC instruction execution speed. This DIT technology and carefully designed architecture bring the virtual SPARC system’s performance to an accepted level.

Product License Key

Charon-SSP supports both hardware license keys and software licenses. Users can select the preferred protection method. When a Sun SPARC hardware USB license key is used, the Charon USB HASP license key must be permanently connected to the host system. It preserves the customer-specific license parameters while modernizing the SPARC legacy systems.

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