[rc5] Re: Supercomputers & Bovine, Q&A

Eric P. Anderson crusader at mo.net
Mon Aug 4 22:40:04 EDT 1997


On Tue, 5 Aug 1997, Mishari Muqbil wrote:

> bennett_t1 at popmail.firn.edu wrote:
> 
> > At 07:53 PM 8/4/97 -0500, you wrote:
> > >On Mon, 4 Aug 1997, Murray Stokely wrote:
> > >
> > >> It probably would have been easier to point out that his entire
> > >> argument that RISC is better was pointless especially in this
> > >> context.  CISC machines such as x86's are outperforming RISC machines
> > >> such as alphas that run at over twice the clockspeed.
> >
> > Wha???  Someone slap this person... Benchmarks show RISC chips of lower
> > clock speed outrunning CISC's of higher clock speed.  That's basic
> > knowledge.  Where in the nether hell did you dig this fact up?
> 
> Rc5 Benchmarks.
> 
> >
> >
> > >This is nonsense.  Please show me an x86 chip that can outrun a 600
> > >mhz Alpha.
> >
> > Exactly.
> >
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>  Rc5 benchmarks are available at http://www.alde.com/speed.html

I understand that Alphas are slower with RC5 due to the lack of a rotate
left instruction.  However, in terms of real world overall system
performance, the Alpha wins hands down.


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