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

Gustav Bjoerkman gnork at beyond.malmo.lth.se
Tue Aug 5 15:46:31 EDT 1997



On Mon, 4 Aug 1997 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?

*SLAP* *SLAP* We better slap both! *SLAP* *SLAP* 

Some SPECint95 numbers taken from Motorola, Digital and Intel.

  PowerPC 604 300Mhz: 12.4
  Alpha 21164 600Mhz: 18.0
  Pentium II 300Mhz : 11.6	
  PowerPC 750 266Mhz: 12.4
  
  /G

> 
> >This is nonsense.  Please show me an x86 chip that can outrun a 600
> >mhz Alpha. 
> 
> Exactly.
> 
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