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Mike Eggleston mikee at
Sun Jun 1 23:18:02 EDT 2003

On Sun, 01 Jun 2003, Bob Drzyzgula wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 01, 2003 at 04:56:02PM -0400, Mark Hahn wrote:
> > 
> > > I had not read of the Via chips and had been planning to use the AMD Athlon
> > > chips. Are the via chips ok? Will they run linux/mosix ok? Any specific
> > > thoughts about them?
> > 
> > they're fairly slow, from what I've read, and still use the P5 pinout
> > (which means you'll peak at around 500 MB/s).  the chip is optimized 
> > for area/power/price first, not performance - VIA's been pushing it for
> > use in embedded/appliance kinds of uses.
> Actually, the lastest Via Cyrix/Centaur C3 chips use a Socket 370 interface,
> and support SSE. One thing that made them particularly slow until
> recently was that they ran the FPU at half the core speed; the 1GHz
> unit now runs it at full speed.
> Still, the C3 is probably a bad choice for a computationally intensive
> application.

Ok, but what about something like a cluster with mosix in front
and some database servers in back? Or web servers in front, or email
servers.... this sort of thing?

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