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Old 03-01-04, 09:47 PM   #17
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Originally posted by shupienis
You betcha! I fought for the better part of a week to get vinum compiled in. Succeeded. 600G Raid now read/write at 60Meg/second sustained, with 100% redundancy! Then I needed netgraph. Then after doing netgraph, I found out I DIDN'T need it.

Modules woulda made it a lot easier! But the line in the kernel config that says "no_modules=not_yet" or somesuch give me hope that modules will appear soon. Meanwhile, I'm happy to live with lumpy software. Since the machine will live on the Net, I take a short solace in the fact that no 64-bit rootkits are floating around yet...

Kind of like the promised Xeon-64. Have a read...

(from slashdot...)

Now comes the shocker: Intel boss Craig Barrett today anounced that Xeon-class 64-bit server CPUs codenamed Nocona will be coming out the second half of 2004. It isn't clear whether they will support AMD's Opteron AMD64 extensions. Barrett is quoted saying, 'There will be one operating system that will support all (64-bit) extended systems.' Maybe 64-bit computing is right around the corner after all, and we may even see compatible instruction sets from Intel and AMD! And does this mean that Intel will be dumping Itanium, which never caught on as expected in the server market, and forget the billions spent on developing it?"

Sir William of Bluescreen would like that chip! At any rate, Itanium is dead, total sales of 400k units overall. Not good. Xeon is dying of old age. The "pentium-4/64" or ia32-e is dead meat, too. Nobody wants a chip with no software!
The new xeon is basically ia32-e with a larger cache as i see it, i have faith in itanium II for larger systems, like SGI CC-NUMA systems, but for smaller servers i do not see the IA-64 as an alternative to AM-64 the ia32-e is somewhat a bastard child of intels where they are trying to emulate AMD (sucks to be intel these days) without implementing the extra bit for security...

The new XEON will be per byte compatible with AM-64 and so will the rest of the ia32-e cpu's, but if they do not include per page permissions, it won't last a week on the pro market...

Itanium was more of a pre production chip to set a standard to build on...
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