" 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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