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by R-ten-K
Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: SGI Fuel getting props - "Impressed by a 10 year old computer"
Replies: 65
Views: 2790

Re: SGI Fuel getting props - "Impressed by a 10 year old computer"

The main issue here is that SPEC results alone paint a very, very narrow picture of performance. Although far from perfect, SPEC suites do a relatively OK job at stressing and characterizing the behavior of most microarchitectural units (integer, FP, mem, io, etc). The application spectrum used in ...
by R-ten-K
Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: SGI Fuel getting props - "Impressed by a 10 year old computer"
Replies: 65
Views: 2790

Re: SGI Fuel getting props - "Impressed by a 10 year old computer"

When the P4 was first released, a 1GHz Pentium III was easily able to give a 1.5GHz P4 a run for its money. A 600MHz Fuel to a 2.4GHz P4 is pushing it a bit, but the difference in performance will be a lot closer than you'd expect - especially if working with floating point stuff. A 2.4Ghz P4 posit...
by R-ten-K
Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: SGI Fuel getting props - "Impressed by a 10 year old computer"
Replies: 65
Views: 2790

Re: SGI Fuel getting props - "Impressed by a 10 year old computer"

You may be thinking “600MHz CPU?” - but that CPU is totally badass because it is actually a MIPS CPU with a 5 stage core pipeline. Compared to a 20+ stage pipeline in Intel CPUs, it is roughly comparable to a 2.4GHz Intel CPU with just the pipeline alone. Add in the fact that the MIPS CPU architect...
by R-ten-K
Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Identifying an unknown Pixar card with Transputers on it?
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Identifying an unknown Pixar card with Transputers on it?

That's a Pixar "Render Accelerator" board. The "creative" name says exactly what the board does; it uses the transputers to accelerate renderman in HW. You could scale these boards in a single host system, by linking up a bunch of them using the transputer links, to cut down rend...
by R-ten-K
Sat Apr 04, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: The Indigo Magic Desktop for Linux Project
Replies: 54
Views: 3159

Re: The Indigo Magic Desktop for Linux Project

:Shrug: A kernel's pretty useless without applications to use. Considering that everything else is ASL 2.0 I think that has more to do with it, I guarantee if it was GPL Android would have never taken off. I like Android, but if it was GPL it wouldn't be where it is today. Meh, I don't really care ...
by R-ten-K
Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: The Indigo Magic Desktop for Linux Project
Replies: 54
Views: 3159

Re: The Indigo Magic Desktop for Linux Project

and? That still does not change the fact that there are more mobile users running a GNU-licensed kernel than anything else combined.
by R-ten-K
Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: The Indigo Magic Desktop for Linux Project
Replies: 54
Views: 3159

Re: The Indigo Magic Desktop for Linux Project

Huh? this project does not use the GPL, or has anything to do with it. Why bring it up?
by R-ten-K
Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: I just saw richard stallman
Replies: 21
Views: 1109

Re: I just saw richard stallman

Yes Stallman may be a weirdo, but unlike some of the weirdos in this site, he has a fairly extensive technical track record and has substantially influenced (in a positive way) the field; at the very least he helped large amounts of people (like me) have access to tools like EMACS and gcc. And for t...
by R-ten-K
Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Why did SGI use VxWorks???
Replies: 1
Views: 642

Re: Why did SGI use VxWorks???

As far as I know, the relationship between Irix and vxWorks is that back in the day Irix was supported as a development platform/environment targeting VxWorks/MIPS embedded systems, since the MIPS Pro compilers produced compatible (with VxWorks/MIPS) exe objects. If SGI used VxWorks internally in an...
by R-ten-K
Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:57 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Will AI be third-time-lucky?
Replies: 58
Views: 2862

Re: Will AI be third-time-lucky?

Well, right there is your problem... I know ... it's a bitch. I have all these repressed memories, see ? So when I go to the dentist office I am not in a good place to absorb the wealth of knowledge in those learned journals. I have to use my own brain, which is a poor puny thing compared to all th...
by R-ten-K
Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: 5dwm
Replies: 47
Views: 5188

Re: 5dwm

If this was true, you'd think they wouldn't mind releasing some hardware documentation on the older systems and their chips, like what's on the Indy, O2, and Octane. I tried contacting SGI support for R14k/R16k docs, and they really didn't know what I was talking about. Instead, they directed me to...
by R-ten-K
Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: 5dwm
Replies: 47
Views: 5188

Re: 5dwm

It would be fantastic if this project could be opensourced. But I seem to remember there were some licensing restrictions? I can't see how SGI would care about the IP in the Indigo Desktop anymore, alas...
by R-ten-K
Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:51 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Will AI be third-time-lucky?
Replies: 58
Views: 2862

Re: Will AI be third-time-lucky?

With the exception of dentistry, I can't think of a single thing that is as good today as it was in 1975. Well, right there is your problem... self awareness, that post has none... Could you diagram that sentence, please ? I didn't do very well in my ESL courses :oops: Don't sell yourself short dud...
by R-ten-K
Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Will AI be third-time-lucky?
Replies: 58
Views: 2862

Re: Will AI be third-time-lucky?

Not that I completely (or even mostly) agree with hamei, but pulling out the "well, well, you're just a stupid person who hates Progress and lots of other people thought new things were bad over the course of history! " argument is the tech-discussion equivalent of resorting to Hitler com...
by R-ten-K
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Apple
Topic: The perils of classic hardware doing important things
Replies: 20
Views: 1959

Re: The perils of classic hardware doing important things

I was just laughing because I assumed hamei must have his own definition of what a "circuit board" is. Since his comment seemed to imply "circuit boards" and "wiring" being two antonym concepts, as if circuit components were just wired together and that was that... In a...

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