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Any real life experience with Sunblade 2000?

Unread postby unixmuseum » Sun Mar 06, 2005 7:41 pm

Hi there,

I am trying to figure something out hardware wise. As some of you might have noticed, I use my sgi workstations mainly for numerical computation, sometimes a single workstation in SMP mode, sometimes a group of workstations in DMP mode. This has always been sgi workstations. Besides a Tezro, it is usually Octane2 type workstations...

Now, I am looking at Sunblade 2000 as a replacement. Two things that strike me right away, besides the price difference, are the clockspeed and the large amount of L2 cache (8MB) of these machines.

I know CPU frequency doesn't mean a lot when comparing two different architectures, but the 8MB cache makes me wonder...

Does anybody have real life experience, even benchmark type of information, comparing an Octane2, say dual 400, and a Sunblade2000 dual 900?

PS: This is not a sgi vs. Sun thread meant to instigate arguments. I know perfectly I would be missing a lot by leaving IRIX, but I am curious at the real performance of these machines... You know, Sun talks about the same type of architecture than sgi, so that gets me thinking...

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Unread postby TeeTylerToe » Sun Mar 06, 2005 9:07 pm

according to spec2000 fp, it's about the equivelent of an 1.35GHz primepower, a 1.1GHz power 4, an alpha 1GHz, and half a itanium 1.5GHz, or a power 5 1.6 and it's about twice the power of a 600MHz r14K

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Unread postby unixmuseum » Sun Mar 06, 2005 9:46 pm

TeeTylerToe wrote:according to spec2000 fp, it's about the equivelent of an 1.35GHz primepower, a 1.1GHz power 4, an alpha 1GHz, and half a itanium 1.5GHz, or a power 5 1.6 and it's about twice the power of a 600MHz r14K

Man! This is "good" news... A dual 900 well equiped (RAM, HD, DVD-ROM) goes for about $1250 on ebay... Thanks!

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Unread postby hamei » Sun Mar 06, 2005 10:50 pm

TeeTylerToe wrote:... it's about twice the power of a 600MHz r14K


So a little hotter than an r16k-1ghz ..... for about a tenth the price, tho :cry:

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Unread postby unixmuseum » Sun Mar 06, 2005 10:58 pm

hamei wrote:So a little hotter than an r16k-1ghz ..... for about a tenth the price, tho :cry:

Exactly! Now, this is no IRIX, so for graphics-related things like CAD or visualization, I can still see myself using Octane2... But for number crunching? I think the Sunblade is something I should consider... Not to mention firewire and USB support, integrated FC... And the SunPCi IIIpro Coprocessor Card...

Not sure how well Solaris behaves with dual CPUs compared to IRIX, but it can't be all that bad...

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Unread postby TeeTylerToe » Sun Mar 06, 2005 11:47 pm

that was a dual 1.2GHz, a dual 1.015GHz only gets 711 instead of 1074. several modern processors, specifically the power 5, the AMD athlon, the Pentium 4, and the Itanium can do between double, and triple of that, and the integer performance compared to the two processors that are cost competitive... sun has a opteron 144 powered workstation for $2,000, and dell, with a 3 year service plan, and a 74 GB 10K SCSI disk has a 3.4GHz prescott system for $2,141 me, I'd hand build a AMD system, or maybe get something like that sgi 750 with the 800MHz itanium 1... though there are some drawbacks,

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Unread postby unixmuseum » Mon Mar 07, 2005 12:07 am

TeeTylerToe wrote:that was a dual 1.2GHz, a dual 1.015GHz only gets 711 instead of 1074. several modern processors, specifically the power 5, the AMD athlon, the Pentium 4, and the Itanium can do between double, and triple of that, and the integer performance compared to the two processors that are cost competitive... sun has a opteron 144 powered workstation for $2,000, and dell, with a 3 year service plan, and a 74 GB 10K SCSI disk has a 3.4GHz prescott system for $2,141 me, I'd hand build a AMD system, or maybe get something like that sgi 750 with the 800MHz itanium 1... though there are some drawbacks,

Yeah, I was looking at a dual 900MHz...
I need 64 bit UNIX, as I quite often use about 5-6GB RAM for one process...
Opteron-based Sun could be an alternative, but the OS support of my apps is not there (at least not most of them) :cry:
I had a 4 CPU Altix a while back (specs should be in the hinv section) and I wasn't that impressed by the performance...

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Unread postby nvukovlj » Mon Mar 07, 2005 1:49 pm

I haven't used Sunblade 2000, but I used Sunblade 1000 3 years ago at work. It was a nice system even in 1 750Mhz CPU mode. It certainly kicked the old Ultra10's ass.
I don't mind Solaris either. Not as nice as Irix, but it is pretty good, and if you change the window manager from CDE to something nicer, it becomes a lot nicer to use too.
Multiple CPU support is actually very good, and threaded software works well (if written well).
The 1000 series was a little flaky hardware-wise, but it was gen. 1 hardware which should've been fixed by Sunblade 2000 generation.
It was certainly a nice machine, and for a change looked pretty good too (glowing Sun symbol). One of the things I missed when I changed jobs.

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