[rescue] E10k systems coming down in price

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Fri Jul 18 09:14:51 CDT 2003

On a machine like an E10K, it would be nearly pointless to run anything but

Currently even if Linux, FreeBSD, and NetBSD ran on the E10K (I do not believe
any of them do yet), none of them would be anywhere near as efficient in
MP/MT as Solaris.  Solaris's scheduling threads within the kernel alone makes
a big difference in MT performance as your processor count goes up.

Don't get me wrong, I like allBSD, and Linux, and pretty much most UNIX,
but for a box this big, the money you would save by running non Solaris
is going to be lost in the performance penalty you will pay for not really
"using" the hardware to it's fullest.

Although prices for Solaris for that thing are INSANE.

-- Curt

>From: Frank Van Damme <frank.vandamme at student.kuleuven.ac.be>
>To: rescue at sunhelp.org
>Subject: Re: [rescue] E10k systems coming down in price
>Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 12:56:17 +0200
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>On Friday 18 July 2003 13:58, vance at neurotica.com wrote:
>> NetBSD has a decent port for UltraSPARC, but I don't believe they support
>> the larger machines yet.
>Their smp support is "not there yet".
>Frank Van Damme    http://www.openstandaarden.be
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Curtis Wilbar
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