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Linux.com: Hardware: A Different Approach (Part III of V): Alpha Systems

Nov 20, 2000, 08:39 (0 Talkback[s])
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" Let's briefly outline my requirements for the system I want. To make it into my shopping cart, it's gotta have at least 3 open PCI slots, AGP support, RS-232 support, a proven performance record, and good support under Linux. I demand a slot open for the CCD camera, RS-232 for the telescope stepping motors, and a decent 3D card for rendering images. Next, the computations this computer must handle will be floating point intensive (in some cases double precision). That's why I require a proven track record of speed and power in dealing with such calculations."

"I have 3 systems currently in mind: PowerMAC G4, DEC Alpha (I still refuse to call them Compaq Alpha), and the Sparc systems. The main reason these three made the cut is simple. Outside of the usual x86 systems, the software and libraries I plan to use run on those platforms, I wouldn't have to port anything. (Naturally, that's a problem to get full use from the G4 since the vector processor in them is not supported by the software for which I may not have source code available.)"

"My last article dealt with the PowerMAC G4; this article examines the Alpha processor systems."

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