Mr.Ellison said that to maintain and increase its leadership position in processors and the systems that use them, Oracle needs to continue to double performance every year and move more software features into hardware, a process that he referred to as “ the ultimate optimization . “Plans include putting database and Java accelerators right on the chips as well, he noted, emphasizing that Oracle has done this kind of thing before . For example, Oracle has already moved encryption into silicon. The SPARC T5 processor accelerates all the most common bulk encryption ciphers so that applications can offload the encryption processing to improve performance.
Moving Software to Silicon