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Old 11-29-2002, 03:36 AM   #1
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Question 4 or more processors for a *workstation*


I'm thinking of buying an SGI machine that has 4 PIII xeon processors... I'd like to find a workstation distribution that will run lighter than a server installation... Is there a workstation distribution that will handle 4 cpu's?
 
Old 12-10-2002, 08:10 PM   #2
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there is no server distro or workstation distro it all depends on if you have services running or not.

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Old 12-10-2002, 08:13 PM   #3
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here, trickykid expressed righteous indignation at the original content of 404's post, and warned him to play nice.

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Old 12-10-2002, 08:13 PM   #4
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here, KevinJ echoed tricky's sentiments, with a slightly sterner edge, and not so subtle warning.

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Old 12-10-2002, 08:50 PM   #5
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Re: 4 or more processors for a *workstation*

Quote:
Originally posted by Thaidog
I'm thinking of buying an SGI machine that has 4 PIII xeon processors... I'd like to find a workstation distribution that will run lighter than a server installation... Is there a workstation distribution that will handle 4 cpu's?
Any distro will handle 4 alright as long as you have a kernel compiled for SMP. Linux scales alright up until I think 8 or 16, when you start having to muck about with some arcana in order to get a real performance boost. Watch out for some of those SGI boards, they can be really grumpy about what RAM they will take. Also remember to compile for highmem as you're almost definately going to want more than a gig.

Very few apps in a workstation release won't handle SMP right, some won't utilize it, the others will be fine. I think the X that default ships with everything these days is optimized SMP.

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