[rescue] The best 'rescue' workstation
pat at computer-refuge.org
Sun Apr 24 02:53:30 CDT 2005
On Saturday 23 April 2005 11:21, Andrew Weiss wrote:
> On Apr 23, 2005, at 11:43 AM, Zach Lowry wrote:
> > I figure if I got an IBM I would put Linux on it and not fool with
> > AIX.
> That would probably be a mistake with such a machine. A huge
Why? IMHO Linux on POWER(PC) is a *wondeful* thing. There's a reason
that IBM is pusing Linux on POWER-architecture stuff over AIX...
> > Indeed. I just saw on eBay form 44P-170 400MHz machines, no RAM or
> > Drives, going for $200. That's pretty tempting.
IMHO, $200 for a 44P-170 is a steal. Jump now! ;)
I've got a rack of 9076-260s (basically 43P-260s in an SP-rack
formfactor), and am soon to get some real 43P-260s. Personally, I like
those things much better than, say, an Ultra 30 or Ultra 60. The
memory bandwidth on IBM boxes is *amazing*, especially when you compare
it to what Sun has to offer.
For example, with some memory-bandwidth bencmarks I ran called 'stream'
on a Sun F6800 at work, I was getting 67% or so of the performance that
I got on our 375MHz IBM POWER3-II SP nodes, which are around 5 years
IBM is where the good UNIX hardware comes from. ;)
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