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To: Zhang Weiwu <zhangweiwu@...>
From: Ferris McCormick <fmccor@g.o>
Subject: Re: what ultrasparc compare likely such Pentium box on desktop performance
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 15:41:43 +0000 (UTC)
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On Wed, 1 Dec 2004, Zhang Weiwu wrote:

> Hello. After I get an old U5 box, I decide to replace my desktop computer 
> with another UltraSparc. My desktop computer is Pentium 1G / 256MB memory / 
> ATA100 IDE box.
>
> What UltraSparc (with how many of what CPU) has similiar average desktop 
> performance as my Pentium box? I usually only browsing around, use openoffice 
> and gimp a little, vim as editor and doesn't use huge IDE like eclipse. 
> What's your suggestion?

I like U2 SMP. 2x300 are prety reasonably priced; 2x400 have better 
performance, but they tend to be overpriced, in my opinion.

For browsing, gimp, and vim work they are fine.  I don't know about 
openoffice, because I have never been able to build it.

Pure CPU performance:  For the mozilla browser, a c++ application with
an aggressively parallel build, I expect the build to take from 4 -- 6
hours, depending on CPU speed and other activities.  I haven't actually
timed it, though, so that guess might be off.  I am pretty sure I built
it yesterday in 5.5 hours on a U60(2x300MHz) --- performance of U2 is
about the same at a much lower price.

But don't just blindly follow my lead.  If you are lucky, you'll get
several different opinions here, and you can pick & choose.

This note is being written on a U2-SMP configured thus:
2x400MHz cpu, 1MB memory, 2x18gb 10000rpm disks, Creator graphics (ffb2+)
6x4x16 CDRW

uname -a gives this.
Linux lacewing.inforead.com 2.4.27-sparc-r1 #1 SMP Fri Oct 8 12:31:31 UTC 
2004 sparc64 sun4u TI UltraSparc II  (BlackBird) GNU/Linux

Have fun, 
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Ferris McCormick (P44646, MI) <fmccor@g.o>
Developer, Gentoo Linux (Sparc)
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