[rescue] Sun Kit Needed for EE Student Here

Patrick Giagnocavo patrick at zill.net
Wed May 3 06:07:31 CDT 2006

On Tue, 2006-05-02 at 23:21, Javi Mahai @ucsc.edu wrote:

> I do EDA for a living, for the most part, an off the shelf 
> opteron/Xeon64 will kick the arse and take the name of an 
> USIV in raw processing horsepower. Doing verilog 
> simulations and synthesis (Synopsys) on our systems we 
> have a speedup factor of over 3 when running on a 2.2Ghz 
> opteron (SUN Ultra40) vs a late model USIV machine. The 

I wonder whether part of the speedup is due to faster memory bandwidth
in the Opterons.

For the web application I do that pays the bills, we have found that
more memory bandwidth makes a significant improvement in performance. 

> only upside to the SPARC machine in our lab is that it 
> holds more RAM (16GB) so some synth jobs are faster 
> because we go over the 8GB we have in the Opteron 
> machines. For every other CAD operation, the Opteron 
> machines is significantly faster. The AMD machine is not 
> almost twice as fast clockwise, it it also out-of-order. 

Isn't anything over a plain US-II also capable of out of order


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