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UC Berkeley RAMP Update

We recently got an update on progress of UC Berkeley’s Research Accelerator for Multiple Processors (RAMP) project. SI has been a sponsor of this project, led by SPARC pioneer Prof. Dave Patterson and his team. Our sponsorship included providing RAMP a free membership in SI and access to our testing suites. The RAMP research effort into more efficient multi-core processor programming and management is perfectly aligned with SI’s goals.

Zhangxi Tan from the RAMP team wrote that the RAMP gold SPARC processor is up on hardware and running real applications. The RAMP gold system will play an important role in research conducted at the newly founded Parallel Computing Lab (

Congrats to the entire RAMP team from all of us at SI!


SPARC International Trademarks

One of SPARC International’s activities is the worldwide registration and licensing of SPARC-related trademarks.  SI and its partners use a wide variety of SPARC marks, and SI works hard to protect and defend them all from possible infringement.

Some of SI’s best known trademarks include SPARC, OpenSPARC, UltraSPARC, and SPARC Enterprise, but the number of SPARC-related names that SI manages is in fact much broader.  The SPARC brand and trademark is global — SI’s SPARC-related marks are registered in every major territory.

If you’re an SI member, we will work with you to ensure that your SPARC-based products are properly branded and protected.

If you are not an SI member and are considering use of any mark that bears any resemblance (even phonetically) to SPARC or “spark,” it would be prudent to contact SI to ensure there is not a conflict.  We are very active in protecting all of our marks.

For more information, take a look at SI’s trademark page:

SI Membership Renewals Due

It’s that time of year again – SI’s annual membership renewals are due.

Most partners have already sent in their renewals.  If you’re an SI member and have not yet received your 2008-2009 invoice, please let us know.

If you’re interested in membership in SI, here are the types of membership available:

1) Executive Membership (held by Fujitsu and Sun) — entitles member
to sit on SI’s Board, participate in the quarterly Board meetings, and
thus have a say in SPARC International’s direction; also gives access
to SPARC testing and certification services; Executive Membership is
$100,000 per year

2) Associate Membership (held by most companies developing and selling
SPARC-related products and services) — entitles member to SPARC
testing and certification services; $20,000 per year

3) Regular Membership (mostly held by hardware resellers and
universities) — entitles member to use SPARC membership logo; $1,500
per year

If you have any questions about SI membership, get in touch with me at

Introduction to SPARC International

Welcome to the new SPARC International blog for SPARC-related news, updates, and commentary.

This is Morgan Slain, Chief Executive Officer of SPARC International.

SPARC International was created in 1989 as an independent, non-profit organization to oversee and guide the SPARC evolution. Our IP consists of the SPARC Instruction Set Architecture, SPARC trademarks, and SPARC derivative trademarks. The organization is funded entirely by our members in support of SPARC architecture and its Open Standards technology.

SPARC International fosters innovation of SPARC by offering testing and branding programs, and, by promoting and protecting SPARC and SPARC-related brand names. The organization maintains this openly and cooperatively defined technology by using its membership fees to ensure that SPARC maintains continuity with the industry standards of binary compatibility. It is this organizations sole responsibility to clarify these definitions which are made available for free download from our web site. You do not have to be a member to download. However, becoming a member provides your company the choice to test and brand products based on the SPARC architecture.

Today, SPARC is one of the foundation architectures in the computer industry with SPARC trademarks registered in over 160 countries worldwide. SPARC architecture proved to be the most widely accepted technology for systems in the financial, academic, industrial, mission critical, and certainly the Internet market. SPARC is the logical choice for demanding, embedded applications simply because SPARC development environments streamlined the creation of complex designs on short time lines. With more than two million developers and over 30,000 applications, the SPARC community ranks among the world’s largest while SPARC definitions continuously demonstrate the exceptional versatility of this open architecture.

We encourage inquiries from college professors and university students learning the SPARC architecture definitions.

If you are interested in becoming a member of SPARC International and would like more information regarding the benefits of membership please direct your inquiries to