Xeon as a worthwhile platform?
Thu, 10 Apr 2003 22:42:49 -0500
It shouldn't matter neing that the new Opterons are x86-64. They have
all the instructions that x86 chips do and then they have the added
bonus of 64 bit if you want to use it and new 64 bit instructions to
optimize your code even further if you want to use them. Stuff like the
MMX, SSE, SSE2 registers being double the size of what they are in x86
chips if you run it in 64 bit mode, etc. You might wanna' check the AMD
site for further info on the Opterons.
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> Interesting. See? This is why I ask - I had no idea they were coming
> this ;)
> I know that a lot of GMP routines have code optimized via raw
> code. This is a brand new processor and I'd assume that there hasn't
> a chance to write the appropriate routines for this cpu. Does it
> --- Mirar <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > > and Alphas are going out of style (please correct me if I'm wrong
> > seems
> > > like fewer and fewer Alpha-based platforms are being created), I'd
> > > consider Pentium/Xeon hardware next.
> > AMD will release their 64-bit processor "Opteron" around April 22.
> > Maybe you should wait a few weeks to see how that performs? It seems
> > rather nice at a first glance (huge cache, etc). Tyan also displayed
> > dual Opteron motherboard at Cebit, I think.
> > Although I don't know if any compilers have any /good/ support for
> > yet, but that is probably fixed by time.
> > /Mirar
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