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The battle for the X86 market may end up in the desktop, laptops, and servers of the world, but it begins in giant compute grids that engineers use to simulate, test, and increasingly to design the future processors we all will crave if they do their work right. Advanced Micro Devices has undergone many changes in the past …

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homegrown whitebox Solaris workstations?

you tease me with lack of more info on said workstations

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Unix workstations

""We still have hardware engineers who still want a Unix workstation," says Dana. "You can't get them to let go of it.""

Lets hope he listens to them and realises they like using Unix for good reason, and doesn't just consider them old crusties who don't like change and tries to force a Win7 (or god forbid Win8) desktop down their throats because he got a good bulk license deal during a recent Seattle snake oil salesmans visit.

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Re: Unix workstations

Lots of areas of science and technology use Unix/Linux and can't move anyway ( even if they wanted to ) as the software they use has never been ported to Windows. I went on secondment in ~2004 to a department that used SGIs and had done for years and they had started moving to Linux in ~2000 as the cost saving/performance SGI > PC was considerable - the saving in moving to Linux was less relevant as much of the specialist software used was VERY expensive.

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WTF?

HP hails from Houston? That's a laugh. Yes, they bought Houston's Compaq, basically putting a competitor out of business, but HP was the company that basically hatched Silly Valley from a garage in Palo Alto.

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Save power cost using Xeons instead

They should consider cutting their power consumption by using Xeons :)

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Nice article.

I hope that the people running that set up (as well as those that designed it) get payed a lot. They deserve it!

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