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Scholarly Publishing And Academic Resources Coalition

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Stratospheric Processes and their Role in Climate

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Standards Planning And Requirements Committee

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Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres

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Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center

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Support Personnel Accountability Report Card

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Scalar Processor ARChitecture

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Single Person Armed Racing Craft

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Supporting People Achieving Real Choice

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Syracuse Professional And Recreational Club

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Sun Processor Allowing Remote Capture

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Sunos Pipeline Accelerated Risc Computer

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Spokane Piston And Rotary Club

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School Parent And Reading Connection

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Student, Parent, And Reading Connection

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Support Programme for Abuse Reactive Children

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Space Physics Aeronomy Research Collaboratory

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See Plan Act Refine Communicate

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Sport Performance Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre

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Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers

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Students Preparing for Academic Research Careers

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Social and Public Art Resource Center

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Supporting Physicians After Recruitment Care

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Scholarship Performance Art Research and Creativity

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School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community

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What does SPARC mean?

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SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) is a reduced instruction set computer (RISC) instruction set architecture originally developed by Sun Microsystems. Its design was strongly influenced by the experimental Berkeley RISC system developed in the early 1980s. First developed in 1986 and released in 1987, SPARC was one of the most successful early commercial RISC systems, and its success led to the introduction of similar RISC designs from many vendors through the 1980s and 1990s. The first implementation of the original 32-bit architecture (SPARC V7) was used in Sun's Sun-4 computer workstation and server systems, replacing their earlier Sun-3 systems based on the Motorola 68000 series of processors. SPARC V8 added a number of improvements that were part of the SuperSPARC series of processors released in 1992. SPARC V9, released in 1993, introduced a 64-bit architecture and was first released in Sun's UltraSPARC processors in 1995. Later, SPARC processors were used in symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and non-uniform memory access (CC-NUMA) servers produced by Sun, Solbourne, and Fujitsu, among others. The design was turned over to the SPARC International trade group in 1989, and since then its architecture has been developed by its members. SPARC International is also responsible for licensing and promoting the SPARC architecture, managing SPARC trademarks (including SPARC, which it owns), and providing conformance testing. SPARC International was intended to grow the SPARC architecture to create a larger ecosystem; SPARC has been licensed to several manufacturers, including Atmel, Bipolar Integrated Technology, Cypress Semiconductor, Fujitsu, Matsushita and Texas Instruments. Due to SPARC International, SPARC is fully open, non-proprietary and royalty-free. As of September 2017, the latest commercial high-end SPARC processors are Fujitsu's SPARC64 XII (introduced in 2017 for its SPARC M12 server) and Oracle's SPARC M8 introduced in September 2017 for its high-end servers. On Friday, September 1, 2017, after a round of layoffs that started in Oracle Labs in November 2016, Oracle terminated SPARC design after completing the M8. Much of the processor core development group in Austin, Texas, was dismissed, as were the teams in Santa Clara, California, and Burlington, Massachusetts.Fujitsu will also discontinue their SPARC production (has already shifted to producing their own ARM-based CPUs), after two "enhanced" versions of Fujitsu's older SPARC M12 server in 2020–22 (formerly planned for 2021) and again in 2026–27, end-of-sale in 2029, of UNIX servers and a year later for their mainframe and end-of-support in 2034 "to promote customer modernization".

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