3Leaf makes big SMPs out of x64 clusters

“A little more than two years ago, 3Leaf Systems came out of
stealth mode with a funky I/O virtualization product for X64
servers and the promise that it would create a special chip for
system boards that would allow for the virtualization of multiple
CPUs dozens or hundreds of servers and – here’s the neat part – the
ability to create virtual symmetric multiprocessors on the fly from
a pool of processor cores.

“3Leaf then went quiet, and was never heard from again until
this fall, when El Reg noticed that 3Leaf had some killer results
on the SPECjbb2005 Java application benchmark. At the time, the
company didn’t want to talk about its Voyager ASIC and the
clustering and virtualization technology it implements, and said
that it was only doing the test because it was required to do so by
a prospective customer. And ahead of the launch of the Voyager ASIC
and related systems, which come out today for shipment later this


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