Re: will people drop out?

Eating Before Swimming (mathboy@sizone.org)
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 12:06:56 -0400 (EDT)


then james@esoteric.ilinks.net's all..

> > Specially since all those keys that Sun is cracking are on ONE MACHINE!
> > Check the stats! Wow! Expensive machine!
> >
> > What, wait, that cant be one machine -- it has to be a gateway.
>
> Correct, all of the machines at sun.com is going through a gateway. You
> would have to have one heck of a piece of hardware to do all that with 1
> machine. No telling how many computers are actually behind it.

Sorry, I guess I shoulda been more blatantly sarcastic cuz I diluted my
own point!

John (? @sun) *SAYS* they have a starfire going on it... but *DO* they?
We have no reason to disbelieve him, but we also have no reason to be
overly impressed. Like I said, those same results that Sun is getting could
be a huge number of 486s and Pentiums -- just like most of the rest of
the effort contributors run as their single home boxes or whatnot.

It DOESNT MATTER what generates the high numbers. Its just that they stay
up there and for a long time.

Having the starfire would probably be more impressive for applications
its more suited to, such as those extreme high end database applications.
For deschall, its ONLY as impressive as a comparable number of Pentiums.
And I think someone calculated the $$ premium that the Starfire comes
at compared to that number of pentiums...

(Sorry to deflate your per box contribution John, just trying to up
morale! :) I think the most impressive thing was the jump in
performance that Sun had, just blowing away all those untouchable
giants at the top...)

Tho someone had a point about the 'wow' factor of a machine at Sun
cracking the key not being too large... does Sun have an official position
on the effort? Is DesChall being supported widely at Sun (or are these
monster numbers just the cycles that John can get his hands on?!)

/kc

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