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SubjectRe: Does Solaris really scale this well?
On Sat, 17 Aug 2002, Matti Aarnio wrote:

>On Sat, Aug 17, 2002 at 11:53:16AM -0600, Dax Kelson wrote:
>> From:
>> http://www.itworld.com/Man/3828/020816mcnealy/
>>
>> Scott McNealy:
>>
>> "When you take a 99-way UltraSPARC III machine and add a 100th processor,
>> you get 94 percent linear scalability. You can't get 94 percent linear
>> scalability on your first Intel chip. It's very, very hard to do, and they
>> have not done it."
>
> Conditionally... I would like to know the exact architecture,
>and the problem set running in the system to say.
>
>When you have noncc-NUMA, you have a Beowulf-like setup.
>when you have cc-NUMA ("cc" = cache coherent), things get
>truly hairy...

I've seen scientific reports of scalability that good in non-shared memory
computers (mostly in transputer arrays) where (with a scalable algorithm)
unless you got >90% you were doing something wrong. However, if you insist on
sharing main memory, I still don't believe you can get anywhere near that...
IMO 30% is doing very well once past the first few CPUs.

Regards,

Ruth

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Ruth Ivimey-Cook
Software engineer and technical writer.

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