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Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at
Sun Jun 1 23:59:31 EDT 2003

Mosix/web service, maybe.  Not for MY database needs, though, although, 
now that you mention it, I may have to try!


Mike Eggleston wrote:
> 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
> 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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