[rescue] your next Solaris machine ??? (Sol/x86 booting on iMac)

Patrick Giagnocavo patrick at zill.net
Sat Apr 15 20:53:39 CDT 2006

On Sat, 2006-04-15 at 21:35, Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
> Patrick Giagnocavo wrote:
> > On Sat, 2006-04-15 at 00:19, Skeezics Boondoggle wrote:
> >> On Fri, 14 Apr 2006, Andrew Weiss wrote:
> >>
> >>> [...] The new POWER
> >>> 6 is supposed to be pretty light on power use and scale to 6 Ghz.
> >>>
> >>> The latest POWER5's have like 8 cores on die and like 8MB of cache on
> >>> die per processor.  [...]
> >> ...which is exactly why Apple's move to Intel couldn't have been more 
> >> stupid.  As the "full-blown" POWER architecture evolves and scales, you 
> >> know that key improvements would make their way into PowerPC.  And the use 
> >> of PPC in gaming platforms means more innovation and drive to improve 
> > 
> > And how much would that 8-core, 8MB cache per core CPU cost, even at G5
> > Mac volumes?  BTW I doubt the current OSX kernel can even scale to 4
> > CPUs much less 8.
> You can get a POWER5-based system for rougly five grand.

Can you give me a link?  Preferably to something rackable.

> > I am afraid my response will turn this thread into a flamefest, but the
> > fact is that the existing POWER stuff didn't make it into the G5, so why
> > would you expect any different on a "G6" ?  Look at the specs on even
> > the earlier p-series machines (20GBytes/second memory bandwidth on
> > STREAM), then compare with what Apple was able to ship.
> A bunch of POWER4 features made it into the G5.

Would like to hear more... perhaps you have a link on this as well?


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