Re: For those installing Oracle SE, what systems meet the 4 socket limit?

From: Niall Litchfield <>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 15:06:51 +0000
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if you search the list archives you'll find that this question has been discussed before with no great clarity - largely because the license condition is unclear. Some Intel chips are certainly multi-chip modules in the technical sense, though it's also perfectly reasonable to describe all current microprocessors with their on-board cache etc etc as multi-chip modules.

I *think* your interpretation is what Oracle *intended, *i.e per processor SE on x86-64 and similar architectures, but frankly that clause is pretty close to unenforceable. If you want a laugh, but not a defnitive answer, I suggest you ask your sales rep. In fact if everyone asks their sales rep then maybe the policy will be clarified.


On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM, Ken Simpson <> wrote:

> Trying to understand Oracle and their licensing is giving me an ulcer.
> We're looking at moving some of our systems from EE to SE. I
> understand that for the most part a socket=CPU except in the case of a
> multi-chip module. For a multi-chip module, each module counts as a
> socket.
> We're currently a Sun (oops Oracle) Solaris environment and it appears
> to me that the current Oracle SPARC chips are all multi-module chips
> and not-eligible for SE. So that would seem to limit us to Intel/AMD
> hardware. So those of you who have deployed SE. What servers are you
> deploying on?
> Thanks
> Ken
> --

Niall Litchfield
Oracle DBA

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