[rescue] Sunburst

Patrick Giagnocavo patrick at zill.net
Thu May 20 22:07:30 CDT 2010

Nemo wrote:
> On 20 May 2010 18:13, John Lengeling <John.Lengeling at radisys.com> wrote:
>> Since we are all remembering the good old days of Sun.
> Here is a story of a wholly subjective comparison of Sparc versus
> Intel.  I had a U10 (440 MHz and 1 GiB) running Sol 10 as well as an
> IBM PC (~500 MHz and 1 GiB) running SuSE  under my desk.  I was
> compiling a patched gcc 4.1.2 (for a language that used the gcc
> front-end) and needed to compile a patched gdb as well.  Both were
> compiling on the U10 and I was editing with emacs as they trudged
> along.  I thought: Why not try that on the PC?  The dual compilation
> brought the PC to its knees with a noticeable delay between the typing
> of a character and its appearance on the screen.  Compilation on the
> U10 finished long, long before that on the PC.  (I know. I know.  The
> PC architecture is crippled, still...)

Actually that is an OS issue rather than hardware - I have seen
Solaris/x86 keep chugging along under situations that would bring a
Linux box (at least earlier kernels) to its knees.


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