[rescue] your next Solaris machine ??? (Sol/x86 booting on iMac)
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Sat Apr 15 13:55:51 CDT 2006
On Sat, 15 Apr 2006, Patrick Giagnocavo wrote:
> If Apple wants to get into "server" markets not served by x64, they
> can go with SPARC, which is shipping, today, 8-core systems.
Depending on what you mean by "8-core", IBM's already there. The
POWER5 MCM houses 4 processors with two cores each, all in a very large
And, unlike Sun's UltraSPARC T1, those aren't reduced-performance cores
targeted at "throughput computing". Those are full-bore POWER5 cores.
> He has made a decision for his own reasons. I think that the real
> reasons are not public, and the full reasoning & strategy for the
> quick switch to x86 will only become apparent in late 2007 or so.
I still expect it has a lot to do with TPM and Hollywood-friendliness.
Jobs does have a lot of ties to the movie industry and is in a unique
place to present DRM in a "trendy" fashion. IBM and Freescale are about
getting work done, not preventing people from using their computers.
 And, in fact, beat Sun to market. That article was submitted for
publishing fully five months before Sun announced the UltraSPARC T1.
I was -using- a system built around a multicore POWER5 before Sun
announced the UltraSPARC T1.
Jonathan Patschke ) "Humans that lose the capacity to think become
Elgin, TX ( creatures whose existence has no value."
USA ) --Schwarzwald, _The_Big_O_
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