Linked by Tony Bourke on Thu 22nd Jan 2004 21:29 UTC
Benchmarks When running tests, installing operating systems, and compiling software for my Ultra 5, I came to the stunning realization that hey, this system is 64-bit, and all of the operating systems I installed on this Ultra 5 (can) run in 64-bit mode.
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Is 512MB of RAM the only storage offset in your Ultra 5?!
by Anonymous on Sat 24th Jan 2004 09:15 UTC

The author makes the point that the Ultra 5 can only have up to 512MB of RAM so that addressing beyond 2GB is never going to be an issue. What the author seems to be complettely missing is that the Ultra 5 has a *hard drive* that is larger than 2GB. Anyone that has really tried to performance tune a production NewsNet server or *production* mysql database knows that when buffers/databases grow beyond 2GB, it is nice when fseek() is being called from a truely 64bit binary. How large was Tony's mysql database files? He didn't say. I keep track of customer trouble tickets for at least a year and the database very quickly exceeds 2GB. I would make a bet that Tony was using something more along the lines of 20MB.