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Tuesday February 26, 2002
02:43 PM

New Hardware

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So yesterday my boss asked me if I thought it would be a good idea if we got some new hardware for an upcoming project (he feels the project is of a size where the additional expense will be somewhat justifiable). 'Absolutely' was my surprised reply as I'm just a wee codemonkey and not very high on the ol' budget totem pole. So, this morning he informs me that he's putting in for 2 Sun Fire 280R's. I was really disappointed as I was hoping for one of these babies :-)

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  • I once had a boss who insisted we develop on Solaris «because SPARC hardware is fast! » (and because most of our customers used Solaris). The problem was that our development server was quite overloaded and about 4 years old at the time. Adding (more, slow) CPUs wasn't helping, nor was adding more memory. We had a policy of buying not-quite-bleading-edge x86 boxes for the developers, so when I started, I got a 450MHz Pentium II (533 was probably top of the line at the time). Even with all of
    • I once had a boss who insisted we develop on Solaris...

      Right, you should see our server room, it's like a advertisement for Sun. If it ain't Solaris then don't bother seems to be the motto.

      The problem was that our development server was quite overloaded..., that Pentium II consistently outperformed our Solaris box...

      We have the same issue here. We've got a couple of old(er) Enterprise 250's [sun.com] as our dev boxes. My Linux desktop outperforms them by a fair margin. The powers that be are brinwashed int
      • It's not so much that Solaris is slow, it's more that any computer you buy this week will outperform anything that's been installed and running for a year. That was the point I was trying to make to my management lo those many jobs ago. And if your (Solaris) systems are over 18 months old, then lord help you, because you've probably missed at least one doubling of Moore's law with all of that uptime. ;-)

        The approach I used was a focus on that observation, prove that it was true with a moderately old x86