Sun SPARC Microprocessor - Scalable Processor ARChitecture


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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating the Sun SPARC microprocessor architecture. The SPARC architecture was introduced in 1986. Its first use was in the Sun-4 Workstation. Sun’s inspiration for the SPARC architecture came from the earliest RISC processor designs from UC Berkeley and IBM. However, SPARC built on the simple-instruction-per-cycle concept and kicked it up to a design that could scale from realtime embedded chips to very high-performance multiprocessor server systems. SPARC was originally a 32-bit implementation in version 7 and moved to 64-bit by version 9. Although developed by Sun for Sun’s workstations and server systems, SPARC has evolved into a fully open architecture. Over 18 companies have produced variations of the SPARC microprocessor architecture.

This artwork includes 4 major elements. It has a large image of a Sun SPARC chip. On the back is a narrative describing the artwork and the SPARC, and the artist’s signature. Also, included are two SPARC chips, a 32-bit Fujitsu MB86901A, and a 64-bit Sun STP1032A.


    The artwork is framed in an 11"x14" black shadow box frame, with glass. All framing materials are acid-free. A narrative about the artwork that includes the artist’s signature is placed on the back of the artwork.

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