MAE-West is up again (Sun's & Alphas)

Daniel W. McRobb dwm at
Sun Jun 2 08:42:35 UTC 1996

> On Sat, 1 Jun 1996, Paul A Vixie wrote:
> > Warning: this is irrelevant to the stated charter of NANOG.  Hit "D" now.
> > 
> > I mean it.  Don't read this.  It's not about network operations.
> > 
> > My experience differs significantly, but then my P/Pro is 200MHz and my
> > Alpha is 333MHz.  Microsoft probably has older Alphas and newer P/Pro's.
> However, since Pentium processors are CISC and Alphas are RISC, the
> difference in clock speed may _still_ yield similar performance since
> the Alphas have to execute _more_ instructions to accomplish similar
> amounts of "work" (on the average since some tasks are simple and some
> more complex).  Don't get me wrong -- we love our Alphas (so far) and
> feel it's probably a more stable platform at this point since the Pro's
> are still fairly new.
> Northwest Nexus Inc. (206) 455-3505 (voice)
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> edm at nwnexus.WA.COM

Before we continue on a path of naive CPU arguments (or worse, delve
into 32-bit vs. 64-bit, MMU path width, cache, pipelining and stages,
etc. etc.), can we take this offline please?


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