Subject: Re: Slightly Off-Topic...
To: NetBSD Vax Port <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ken Seefried <email@example.com>
Date: 06/26/2001 01:30:57
Brian Hechinger writes:
> given the current crop of CPUs that are available. which would you all choose
> to base a computer around? i've been toying with the idea of making large
> servers based on the latest VME technology for a backplane. maybe now is the
> time to look at that again. NetBSD was the OS of choice as well. :)
[ I assume you mean VME64, which tortures the definition of "latest" a bit ]
Depends on the criteria. I would say:
- Relatively low cost
- Relatively high performance
- Relatively reliable supply
- Sophisticated and varied busses and other expansion
- Abundant, low-cost or free and varied development tools
- Abundant and varied reference designs
- Abundant and varied support chips
- Abundant pool of knowledgable labour
Since you said VME, we can despense with and low-power criteria.
Hmm...sounds like Intel. Much less so SPARC & PPC. Maybe a little bit MIPS
or ARM. Life can suck.
Ken Seefried, CISSP