[rescue] SPARC memory query
mcguire at neurotica.com
Fri Nov 29 10:29:52 CST 2002
On Friday, November 29, 2002, at 08:20 AM, Carl R. Friend wrote:
> It's a game called "toss the bottleneck", and one that PC
> manufacturers are getting rather good at. Nobody wants the
> bottleneck in their backyard (sort of like Dilbert's dead wood-
> chuck) so they toss it to the next bloke. The net result is
> a poorly balanced system (or an entire neighbourhood that
> stinks). (The other analogy might be playing catch with a live
> grenade where the "winner" gets the show-stopper.)
> Balance used to matter a whole lot, and people spent vast amounts
> of time fine-tuning entire systems (not just subsystems). But that
> was also before computers were commodity items with dozens of times
> the amount of horsepower that anybody actually needs (save gamers).
> The answer today is throw more speed somewhere and get it to market.
Absolutely. But while that's the answer in the PC world, I believe
the rest of it still cares about balance. Look at Sun's and IBM's
machines, for example.
Dave McGuire "You don't have Vaseline in Canada?"
St. Petersburg, FL -Bill Bradford
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