Search Term Reviews: October 23rd Edition

by dave on October 23, 2008

Given that I’m trying to get back into a regular schedule of posting (and the relative frequency of “interesting” search phrases that lead people here), I hereby present the October 23rd Search Term Edition post!  In case you missed last week’s, you can find it here.

With further ado, let’s get started.

Search Term #1:  AX4-5

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Snoop Filters and the Tyan S5397

by dave on September 26, 2008

Just to add to the ever-growing information data base on the excellent Tyan S5397.

If you seem to be having problems with reported memory bandwidth in your favourite worthless synthetic benchmark or reality-based simulation workload, try disabling the Snoop Filter in the bios.

Remember, the Intel Xeon processors use a different set of prefetch schedulers than standard “consumer” level parts, so, this can also affect workload.

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Something Cool! (AMD + Tyan content)

by dave on July 30, 2008

Official logo of the 2008 Summer Olympic GamesImage via Wikipedia

One of the things I do in my spare time is develop rendering systems for a client in another country.  The cool thing about this is that I’m able to use cutting-edge AMD processors and platforms from Tyan and nVidia in order to accomplish these goals.

I just found out that one of my rendering systems was used to process the following Coca-Cola commercial for the 2008 Summer Olympics!!!  There is a little special trick to this system, however, that warrants a closer look. [click to continue…]



Piggy-back concepts of “Greening” the datacenter

March 21, 2008

I’ve had a LOT of fun, lately, reading Mark Lewis’ blog (found here) as he delves into the green data center concepts. To rehash some of what has already been talked about to “green” your data center:
a.) Tier your storage. Higher speed spindles, by nature, consume more power. (Compare the specs for the […]

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