[OT] Maximum performance on single processor ?

Mike Eggleston mikee at mikee.ath.cx
Fri Jun 20 08:07:36 EDT 2003

On Fri, 20 Jun 2003, Marc Baaden wrote:

> Hi,
> I am sorry if this query is slightly off-topic for the list.
> But I guess that many people here have also experiences with
> respect to my enquiry.
> We are looking for the highest performance machine on single
> (or very few, let's say 4) processors, because we need to run
> unparallelized and/or poorly parallelized code.
> Our budget is of roughly 20000 $, and a linux/beowulf platform
> would be ideal.
> The current top Intel x86 or AMD processors are too slow, and we
> do not have access to other architectures.

Do you have the source to what you're running? I once read of
a study that showed how an Apple II could out-perform a Cray...
the Apple II ran something like a quicksort where the Cray
ran a bubblesort.

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