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post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Mootsfox
Hmm, what about a bunch of conroes? One chip is only a couple hundred points behind the power5.
You can only SMP Woodcrests, which are expensive.

Like I said, the POWER5+ is a very good specialty processor, Opterons would make a better webserver.
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Here are some "entry-level" servers from IBM with the POWER-series processors. Not really as high as $21440. One thing I noticed on the Power5 is that it has 36MB of L3.
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post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by apavlov13
Here are some "entry-level" servers from IBM with the POWER-series processors. Not really as high as $21440. One thing I noticed on the Power5 is that it has 36MB of L3.
But really high amounts of L1, L2, etc is bad right? I thought I read somewhere that it slows down proformance after X amount.
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post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Mootsfox
But really high amounts of L1, L2, etc is bad right? I thought I read somewhere that it slows down proformance after X amount.
Other way around.

Too little Cache and you get Cache-thrashing.
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post #15 of 21
High amounts of L1 and L2 is expensive
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post #16 of 21
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Other way around.

Too little Cache and you get Cache-thrashing.
Youre right about that, but if you add too much the latancies become too high.
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post #17 of 21
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Youre right about that, but if you add too much the latancies become too high.
Maybe thats what I read. Sometime about it would take too long to read through the entire L1 and L2 so your proformance would go down.
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Cray and AMD! I can't wait to see the great options that turns up!

This is huge news, great for AMD!
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post #19 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootsfox
Hmm, what about a bunch of conroes? One chip is only a couple hundred points behind the power5.
I vaguely remember an article a while ago about the Power6 line of processors. There was something about IBM fixing issues so that they are able to reach 5-6ghz on air cooling. Basically...triple the benchmark scores for that Power5 CPU and you have Power6. Now rather than triple, quadruple the scores for the Power7 line, and make it quad-core instead of single-core. If the numbers hold true, you'll easily see a CPU with 16,000+ on that benchmark in 2009.

...so of course, they'll charge a fortune for them.
     
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They're big numbers, but by 2009 intel will have a comporable solution for a lot less. If Intel achieves their 32 Core by 2010, then the Power7 is as good as blown away.
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