[rescue] Help needed with Sun V65x

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Tue Feb 18 14:01:04 CST 2014

On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 02:30:02PM -0500, Mouse wrote:
> > I don't get it because I read in more than one place that an X4540
> > was the all-time killer high bandwidth ZFS box to the point there's
> > nothing they can even be replaced with now that Oracle has put them
> > to death.  I just cannot believe these were based on PC BIOS.
> Once the OS is running, the BIOS is pretty much out of the loop.  It's
> used by the OS for a few things - the ones I know of are mostly related
> to major state chagnes, such as shutdown and suspend - but as far as I
> know has nothing to do with anything that would bear on "killer high
> bandwidth ZFS".

I was responding to two things at once: one, I'm shocked that a big-money
Sun box would stoop to (and according to the manual, it does: eeek!
"American Megatrends") PC BIOS when Sun already had such a neat thing as
OBP, *and* the suggestion (from previous post, not quoted here) that Sun
"Intel" boxes were never intended to be performers.

I realize (unless you're running DOS or have a new UEFI box that phones home
and does microcode *cough* NBA *cough* upgrades while you think your PC is
turned off, etc.) that the BIOS gets outta the way once the fun begins. It's
just seems kind of like putting a Toyota starter motor in a Caterpiller backhoe.
That's just *wrong*! At least that's how it caught me at the time...

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