MAE-West is up again (Sun's & Alphas)

Warning: this is irrelevant to the stated charter of NANOG. Hit "D" now.

I mean it. Don't read this. It's not about network operations.

This not just true for UNIX, a good friend of mine works out at Microsoft
on the NT development team. He claims they've been seeing similar
numbers on Alpha and Pentium Pro machines under Windows NT.

My experience differs significantly, but then my P/Pro is 200MHz and my
Alpha is 333MHz. Microsoft probably has older Alphas and newer P/Pro's.

Any of you installing Sun or Intel machines for netnews or shell or file
service or anything else requiring good source code compatibility (barring
32-bit pointer assumptions such as those in the route servers) and large
numbers of computrons are being silly. DEC would loan you an Alpha for a
month to prove you wrong, since they know you won't be able to live without
it and the chance of them having to take it back is small.

However, since Pentium processors are CISC and Alphas are RISC, the
difference in clock speed may _still_ yield similar performance since
the Alphas have to execute _more_ instructions to accomplish similar
amounts of "work" (on the average since some tasks are simple and some
more complex). Don't get me wrong -- we love our Alphas (so far) and
feel it's probably a more stable platform at this point since the Pro's
are still fairly new.

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