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  • Big Iron Revival, Intel Nehalem EX and AMD Magny-Cours

    Yesterday Intel held a product announcement press event for the upcoming Nehalem EX, which will succeed the current Xeon 7400 series based on the Core 2 micro-architecture for ''expandable system'', i.e., 4-way and higher, in late 2009 or early 2010. The current Xeon 5500 series (also Nehalem architecture) has 4 cores, 8M shared L3, 2 QPI links, ...
    Posted to Joe Chang (Weblog) by jchang on May 27, 2009
  • Is any one seriously looking at the HP ProLiant DL785G5?

    Or the IBM x3950M2 8-way Quad-Core Xeon? Consider the following specs: 8-way Quad-Core Opteron (32 cores total) Max Memory: 512GB (64 DIMM sockets) 11 PCI-E slots: 3x16, 3x8, and 5x4 or option for 7 PCI-E and 2HTx   Compare this with the HP ProLiant DL585G5: 4-way Quad-Core Opteron (16 cores total) Max Memory: 256GB (32 DIMM ...
    Posted to Joe Chang (Weblog) by jchang on July 20, 2008
  • Sizing for SQL Server 2000 and 2005

    Server sizing strategies using requirement driven approaches tend to go in to inane details involving substantial effort with no clear conclusions at the end. By considering only the systems most suitable for line-of-business database servers, there are just a few meaningful choices, making for a much simpler decision process. The key performance ...
    Posted to Joe Chang (Weblog) by jchang on December 20, 2007
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