Microkernels (WAS Re: New to the list)
Zane H. Healy
healyzh at aracnet.com
Sat Aug 5 13:32:17 CDT 2006
At 10:12 AM -0700 8/5/06, Al Kossow wrote:
> > Current Macs share much more with PeeCees
> > than SGI IRISes and Sun SPARCs, so there is most likely a non-insignificant
> > amount of suboptimal hardware that eats processor cycles
>Please give concrete examples of this "suboptimal hardware" you speculate
>about, and give examples of how this is done better on SGI or Sun DESKTOP
You know, I was about to comment on that one myself. I personally
consider my PowerMac G5 dual 2Ghz to be very closely related to an
SGI Octane, but an improvement. It is most definitely a better
design than my SGI o2's. I'd say the design is better than any of my
better PCI-based Sun's (Ultra 60 and SunBlade 1000). Construction
wise, my G5 beats any of them. The only place it is likely to loose
out, is in Graphics.
Unfortunately this does not include the OS. Solaris and IRIX don't
hang the way that Mac OS X does. I've got so far as to try to get a
IRIX system with very low spec's to keel over, and the best I could
do was slow it down significantly but it was still very responsive.
Of course I am talking about a Professional Mac, and not a consumer
grade Mac. I must confess that I'm not that impressed with the
consumer grade models. But then the closest I've ever been to a
consumer grade Mac was my PowerBook 520c.
Also that "suboptimal hardware" is used in Sun hardware as well.
Take a look at all the cards on Workstations and you'll see that
they're basically PC cards. It is things like the chipsets that make
or break a computer. For example, last year we got a new server in
that was purchased for our team by another group without talking to
us. It was the most pathetic piece of **** I've ever seen come out
of Sun. It totally crumbled under the I/O load that it was expected
to handle, and could only handle 1/16th of the load it was expected
to handle. It would have made a nice workstation (if it had a UPA
slot), but it simply couldn't handle receiving data on one PCI card
and sending it out another. It wasn't the PCI cards that were the
bottleneck, it was the way the system was designed.
For truly well designed hardware take a look at some of the IBM
systems, they use PCI as well, but WOW! Also take a look at
something like an HP DL380 G4, for a fairly nice Xeon-based system,
though the onboard RAID stinks.
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