[lug] More Server Problems

Zan Lynx zlynx at acm.org
Wed Feb 22 15:31:46 MST 2006

On Wed, 2006-02-22 at 15:19 -0700, George Sexton wrote:
> Unfortunately, when you're buying equipment the life-cycle is about 6
> months. It causes a lot of problems.
> I just got off the phone with my vendor about the new computer I'm ordering
> to replace the current one. I explicitly spec'd the Intel 540 or 560 CPU and
> said (NO EMT-64). While confirming he had ordered a low-profile heatsink
> that would fit in the rack-mount chassis, he proudly told me that he was
> getting a 640 CPU which has 2MB of cache. Unfortunately it has EMT-64. I had
> to patiently explain to the vendor why I had specified the specific CPU
> model, explain why the 640 wouldn't work. In a few months, non EMT-64 intel
> chips will not be available.
> I suppose one option is to purchase refurb/lease returns from people like HP
> and Dell. 

I guess I don't understand why you did this?

Couldn't you just take the super-hyper-duper EMT-64 Hyperthreading
Dual-Core Super-Gizmo and run it as a 32-bit, single core processor?

Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org>
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