[rescue] Advice on Octanes

Francisco Javier Mesa-Martinez lefa at ucsc.edu
Tue Sep 23 18:43:11 CDT 2003

On Tue, 23 Sep 2003, Francisco Javier Mesa-Martinez wrote:

> On Tue, 23 Sep 2003, Patrick Giagnocavo +1.717.201.3366 wrote:
> >
> > On Tue, Sep 23, 2003 at 04:49:00PM -0400, Dave McGuire wrote:
> >
> > >    That's interesting.  Then why is my Octane (a 200MHz R10K) so much
> > > faster doing PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING than my cow-orker's 650MHz P3?
> >
> > What is the OS on the P3 ?
> FreeBSD sometimes, Linux others. Basically I have to run lots of matlab
> and maple stuffs under linux, and FreeBSD just because I like it more than
> linux.
> For heavy duty markov solvers for example the P3 just leaves the Octane in
> the dust.
> Again, I love my octane and it is my main desktop box, but the P3 as much
> as I may dislike the architecture seems to produce results way faster and
> that is what I care about.

Oops sorry I just wanted to illustrate for which environments I am using
both and octane and a P3 and in which I seem to get far better performance
out of the Intel box than out of a dual R10K Octane.

I have also to note that I do not particularly like Intel x86, and that
the Octane is my main desktop box although I may be getting a PowerBook
soon which I hope will make my room both cooler and quiter.

This is not a bashing of the Octane, but sometimes we must pay due when it
is due, and although the Octane memory and architecture were revolutionary
6/7 years ago, sadly (or gladly) commodity parts caught up with it.

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