[clug] ALPHA machines??
sjenkin at pcug.org.au
Mon Sep 22 06:44:25 EST 2003
HP produces PA/RISC CPU's. [PA == 'Precision Architecture']
I know in 1996 there were regular newspaper articles about HP & Intel
co-producing the 'IA64'. HP was contributing it's RISC expertise, Intel
their production & process. HP was to replace it's Unix servers with
IA64. Probably started 94/95. Was it supposed to deliver 98/99?? Seem to
remember it ran over by a very long time... HP has had to modify its
roadmap & produce faster PA/RISC versions.
I've not followed the performance of the IA64 - pretty average 32-bit &
integer performance I believe [for 500W+ ??]
There was a paper at AUUG in the early or mid 90's about the _string_
handling performance of a Cray X/MP. It ran about as fast as a VAX 11/780
[a contemporary system]. This was a machine bought at Bell Labs & shared
by a number of groups. Flops =/= useful performance...
Hope this ramble was useful :-)
Steve Jenkin, Unix Sys Admin
0412 786 915 (+61 412 786 915)
PO Box 48, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA
On Fri, 19 Sep 2003, Jepri wrote:
> Tim Potter wrote:
> >On Thu, Sep 18, 2003 at 04:30:16PM +1000, Jepri wrote:
> >>>I have also got an old AlphaStation 250 running Debian 3.0. A bit slow
> >>>when it comes to flying some of the Koffice stuff, but works just fine
> >>>for most stuff (even got the Sound Card working :-).
> >>That's good to hear. I thought that HP had ended the alpha line because
> >>it was pretty much just competition for their own RISC offerings
> >>(whatever they are).
> >Itanium, or as The Register gleefully calls it: Itanic.
> I was under the impression that Intel did the Itanic. Still, wouldn't
> suprise me if they got HP in to help.
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