Sun E450 server officially vintage
mcguire at neurotica.com
Wed Jan 3 01:31:37 CST 2007
On Jan 3, 2007, at 12:46 AM, Richard wrote:
> Owner's manual has a date of 1997...
Unreal. I know of dozens of these in production. This "10 year"
rule really just doesn't fit sometimes.
> Someone is giving one of these to me with 4 CPUs.
> What should I do with it? Its got no graphics,
E450s were primarily designed to be servers, not workstations.
But I know a guy (ahem Doc!) who has a very tasty workstation-config
E450, rather drool-worthy.
Depending on your network setup, I'd use it as a centralized
server. Mail, spam filtering, NFS (or samba if you're still running
legacy Windows systems), etc.
> but I figure I could make it compute
> arbitrary precision deep Mandelbrot set zooms.
Bad idea. SPARCs, even the later UltraSPARCs, don't do very well
in the floating point department. But...if you could code up an
integer-based routine it'd scream. The dynamic range of the numbers
required in these calculations is very, very small. One thing that
comes to mind is that Ciarcia did a nice integer implementation years
ago, to run on 8051 microcontrollers. I've looked at that project in
some detail but haven't built one...yet.
Cape Coral, FL
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