[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: IDL i/o on G4
On Thu, 15 Mar 2001 12:47:53 -0500,
JD Smith <email@example.com> wrote:
>If I were you, I'd drop RSI a line and ask two things:
>1. What are your plans with respect to MacOSX?
>2. If you have internal builds of IDL for MOSX, can you comment on I/O
>performance? Altivec usage? Command line support?
Thanks, I will do.
>I should think a G4 titanium with OSX would be just about the fastest
>laptop for running IDL available, but only if RSI is on the ball and has
>a version ready when it hits prime time (sometime this summer, though
>the release is next week).
Sometimes I with Apple would get a clue and _pay RSI (and Mathworks
for that matters) money_ to do that. They advertise the G4 as
a "supercomputer", but so far it looks more like a glorified
$5k DVD player. I am pretty sure it was one of the reasons
the Cube fail.
>You might also consider bothering RSI about LinuxPPC support, which
>should be pretty trivial for them. Then your I/O issues largely
One would think they can do it. After all RSI were probably the first to
port serious application on x86/Linux. They also have TerraSoft next door.
From the other end I was always dissapointed with x86/Linux port of IDL
(I have not tried the latest releas though). It was not very stable,
required multiple visuals (that x86 hardware would not provide)...
>Keep in mind however that all laptops' I/O will underperform: disk size
>and weight are optimized over speed.
I understand that. My major concern is a sustain memory throughput.
It is not going to be a major number cruncher.