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Meeting Performance Goals with Virtual SPARC from Stromasys

For many organizations considering virtualizing their legacy systems, the joy of eliminating the risk of aging hardware is just one piece of the puzzle. Another important consideration is whether a virtual environment can achieve the same performance levels as the original hardware. While hardware emulation often carries with it the implication of a slower system, we work with our customers to optimize our solutions to meet performance requirements — and, in some cases, even surpass them.

Thales Alenia Space used a SPARC system to support the Centre National des Etudes Spatiales (CNES, the French space agency). It processed assembly, integration, and testing data from the IASI instrument before its long journey in space. The SPARC hardware was aging, and in order to protect the applications and data, they needed a solution that could emulate the SPARC hardware without changing the software. It was essential that the virtual solution be able to meet the speed and floating point precision performance requirements of the original system.

Stromasys engineers collaborated with the Thales Alenia Space team to implement CHARON-SSP, our virtual SPARC solution, making sure that it would achieve the required performance. The team found the SPARC emulator from Stromasys to be both high-quality and cost-effective, allowing their application to continue running on new industry standard hardware just as it had on the legacy server. They can now continue to support the research goals of CNES without the risks associated with the aging SPARC hardware.

Interested in learning more? Click here to read the full case study.

We’re exhibiting at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this week, September 18-22, showcasing our CHARON-SSP solution. Contact us to schedule a conversation and demonstration at the show or to set up a remote meeting.


Announcing CHARON-SSP Version 1.0.36

 

We have now released our newest version of our Legacy SPARC Emulator – CHARON-SSP: Version 1.0.36.

If you are currently running CHARON-SSP and have an active support contract, contact the Stromasys Sales Team or your Stromasys Partner to request your upgrade.

Benefits of CHARON-SSP Version 1.0.36:

  • CHARON Manager layout improvement
  • Introduction of CHARON Director for centralized management of CHARON SSP instances running on many Servers
  • X11 nested server panel with keyboard layout and graphics resolution configuration options
  • Password encryption between CHARON Manager and Agent
  • New Barebone versions based on CentOS with ISO images and USB installers
  • Bugs fixed

In addition, the following updates were released for specific versions of CHARON-SSP:

CHARON-SSP/4U and CHARON-SSP/4U PLUS

  • Performance improvement of approximately 10%
  • Up to 32 Serial Ports support with full modem control

CHARON-SSP/4M

  • Support for 2nd Ethernet Adapter emulation
  • Serial lines support for full modem control

Interested in more information about CHARON-SSP?

Thank you,

The Stromasys Support Team


CHARON-SSP Version 1.0.34 and CHARON-SSP/4U Plus

Improve Virtual Network Management with Legacy SPARC Emulation: CHARON-SSP Version 1.0.34 — and introducing CHARON-SSP/4U PLUS

We have now released our newest version of CHARON-SSP: Version 1.0.34.

If you are currently running CHARON-SSP and have an active support contract, contact the Stromasys Sales Team or your Stromasys Partner to request your upgrade.

Benefits of CHARON-SSP Version 1.0.34:

  • Improved virtual network management on host
  • Improved X11 start-up

In addition, the following updates were released with our 1.0.34 Beta releases earlier this fall:

  • Mapping host hard disk or partition to virtual disk image by hard disk serial ID
  • Better support on SCSI command pass through
  • Improved performance in LOAD/STORE instructions
  • Fixed booting problem in Solaris 10 u4 and u7
  • Added Solaris idle support
  • Optimized DIT for memset()function in C library
  • Improved OpenBoot emulation
  • Big improvement database application performance
  • Optimized page last instruction handling in DIT
  • SCSI: Response with unsupported opcode in mode sense(10) command
  • Implemented dedicated interrupt thread for interrupt housekeeping

 

Furthermore, we are glad to announce the release of CHARON-SSP/4U PLUS, our new solution for SPARC systems that runs on hardware and provides equivalent 1GHz SPARC CPU frequency:

  • CHARON-SSP/4U performance level on Intel v3 Processors @ 3.6 GHz is equivalent to 700+ MHz SPARC CPU frequency.
  • Introduction of new CHARON-SSP/4U+ that relies on Intel VT-x/EPT to provide 1GHz of equivalent SPARC CPU frequency when running on Intel v3 Processors @ 3.6GHz. Refer to SPD for features and SPEC2000 results.

CHARON-SSP/4U PLUS requires dedicated hardware and cannot be installed in a Virtual Machine. It is distributed as barebone on a customized Linux.

 

Interested in more information about CHARON-SSP?

Thank you,

The Stromasys Support Team


SPARC Emulation: Prevent the Costs of Unplanned Downtime

 

Unplanned system downtime on your legacy systems can be costly. In a recent post, we shared a few statistics about just what those figures might look like, but the costs of downtime in dollars, in time, in productivity, and in repercussions in general look different from one business to the next. Here at Stromasys, we know that downtime has real and substantial costs, and we make it our goal to alleviate the risk of downtime and the costs it has for organizations.

CHARON-SSP, Legacy SPARC Emulation Solution

For many years, we’ve been providing hardware virtualization solutions for PDP-11, VAX, Alpha, and HP 3000 systems, and we entered the legacy SPARC emulation market to provide the same relief to businesses running their applications on Solaris. Our CHARON-SSP solutions eliminate the risks of downtime that rise as hardware ages.

Over time, the hardware’s reliability declines. Though there is generally a long period of stability, there comes a point when the hardware is no longer quite so consistent: parts begin to fail, downtime becomes more frequent, and maintaining the hardware is not a sustainable option. This is depicted in the graphic below. Though the applications continue to run effectively and efficiently, the hardware has a shorter lifespan and cannot support those applications any longer.

Prevent unplanned system downtime

 

For businesses running early models of SPARC, CHARON-SSP eliminates the need for the declining hardware and enables the applications to continue running long into the future. Last week, we hosted a webinar on this very topic. With CHARON-SSP, our legacy SPARC emulation solution, businesses are finding a way forward for their aging applications. This is a way forward without unplanned downtime due to hardware failure and without the risks and costs associated with a full migration. It’s for these reasons, and many more, that so many companies around the world have chosen to virtualize their systems with CHARON from Stromasys. To learn more about CHARON-SSP, you can view the recorded webinar here.