On September 20, 2010 Oracle announced the SPARC T3 processor chip for use on Oracle/Sun SPARC Enterprise T-Series systems. Systems containing this new processor chip, which can have up to 16 processor cores per chip (socket) and 4 sockets per system (16 x 4 = 64 cores per system), require 70 Processor Value Units (PVUs) per core for software licensing. This PVU requirement is intended to provide software price/performance improvement over the systems this SPARC T3 processor technology is likely to replace.
With this announcement IBM continues the practice of licensing to the processor core. This practice provides the licensing granularity customers require, especially when using virtualization technologies, while offering the flexibility to configure their systems to best support their business objectives.
For a complete listing of processor technologies and their assigned PVUs, visit Processor Value Unit Licensing for Distributed Software.