[rescue] SunBlade 2000 vs SunBlade 2500 vs Ultra 45
alaric at metrocast.net
Sun Aug 2 12:50:21 CDT 2009
Sanford Barton wrote:
> I know its a controversial issue but I really think were seeing the
> last days of sparc processors. Even Itanium2 is struggling against
> the latest core2/xeon designs and HP/HP-UX is fading just as quickly
> as Sun is. At least Sun has an x86 option.
Itanium, realistically, sucked from day one. It cannot reasonably be
described as having ever been a successful processor. It managed to
find a small number of customers in a few niches (mostly not on actual
technical merit, but because the customers drank Intel's kool-aid) and
that's about the best that can be said of it IMHO. Long on complexity,
short on bang-for-the-buck. (And I'm told by people in a position to
know that it's a nightmare to write a compiler for it.)
The processor family whose loss I really lament is Alpha.
> Probably these machines will eventually be looked at as being close to
> a pinnacle of the Sun/Sparc workstation legacy. For enthusiasts,
> grabbing one now wouldn't be a bad thing.
I'd grab a U45 if I could afford to right now. But if I had that kind
of money floating around, there are far more urgent things I need it for.
Phil Stracchino, CDK#2 DoD#299792458 ICBM: 43.5607, -71.355
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