Re: More on Sun Starfire

saurvok@exo.com
Sun, 08 Jun 1997 18:55:25 -0700


You forget an important Starfire feature...it can also double as a walk-in
toaster oven -or- small industrial-complex heating unit.

At 05:20 PM 6/8/97 -0700, you wrote:
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>On Sun, 8 Jun 1997, john.falkenthal@west.sun.com (John Falkenthal) wrote:
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>> I've had several requests for more info on what a "Sun Starfire" really is:
>> briefly, the biggest baddest SMP on the planet...
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>> - 64 UltraSPARC II processors @ 250mhz, 1 or 4mb ecache (moving to 333Mhz)
>> - 64 Gigabytes memory
>[...]
>> Of course, the above is a max configuration. At any given time I have
>> several smaller Starfire's contributing DESCHALL.
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>> Starfire is targeted at mission critical database/transaction processing -
>> but it can certainly hold its own doing scientific work too...
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>Starfire is definitely a beyond-awesome machine, I'd love to play with one!
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>However, to put things a bit in perspective, one could build a faster
>"DESCHALL rack" out of commodity Intel for less than $100,000. In fact,
>this is the secret of our success: 100 PC's on a dorm LAN gives us a
>nice chunk. (I also can't remember the FPGA DES price/performance...)
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>But John, the more sledgehammers you can find to swat DES flies the better!!!
>Keep up the great work!
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>Cheers,
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>Karl
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