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Linux When it comes to the fast-moving business of trading stocks, bonds and derivatives, the world's financial exchanges are finding an ally in Linux. As late as 2007, Wall Street exchanges were still largely run on Unix . . . Over the past few years however, Linux has crept into this market, showing up first in ancillary systems and then running a few core exchanges.
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RE: solaris is meehh
by Lennie on Wed 17th Aug 2011 00:29 UTC in reply to "solaris is meehh"
Lennie
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2007-09-22

My real experiences of Solaris was 10 years ago and people called it Slowlaris so I don't really know.

I think that was the same time that Solaris wasn't very compatible with many open source software because it used a lot of the BSD-/non-GNU-tooling.

So it wasn't very attractive, at least not to me.

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RE[2]: solaris is meehh
by Kebabbert on Wed 17th Aug 2011 10:26 in reply to "RE: solaris is meehh"
Kebabbert Member since:
2007-07-27

My real experiences of Solaris was 10 years ago and people called it Slowlaris so I don't really know.

I think that was the same time that Solaris wasn't very compatible with many open source software because it used a lot of the BSD-/non-GNU-tooling.

So it wasn't very attractive, at least not to me.

The reason it was called Slowlaris was because of its slow TCP/IP stack. It has now been rewritten and is called FireEngine. In older benchmarks I found, Solaris gives 30% more TCP/IP performance than Linux - on same hardware.

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RE[3]: solaris is meehh
by bannor99 on Wed 17th Aug 2011 16:00 in reply to "RE[2]: solaris is meehh"
bannor99 Member since:
2005-09-15

"My real experiences of Solaris was 10 years ago and people called it Slowlaris so I don't really know.

I think that was the same time that Solaris wasn't very compatible with many open source software because it used a lot of the BSD-/non-GNU-tooling.

So it wasn't very attractive, at least not to me.

The reason it was called Slowlaris was because of its slow TCP/IP stack. It has now been rewritten and is called FireEngine. In older benchmarks I found, Solaris gives 30% more TCP/IP performance than Linux - on same hardware.
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Slowlaris was the name given to Solaris x86 in the '90s and it was very slow - if you could get it to install. As for Fire Engine, it was 1/3 faster compared to RHEL 3.0 - that was SEVEN years ago.
Since neither OS has stood still, more recent comparisons of performance and scalability are needed.

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RE[2]: solaris is meehh
by asdf on Wed 17th Aug 2011 15:41 in reply to "RE: solaris is meehh"
asdf Member since:
2009-09-23

A decade ago, our company was selling software solutions on both solaris and linux. It was very IO / CPU hungry. After seeing 2x >$100k sun boxes handily beaten by single x86 linux machine costing around 15k only ~1.5 years later, it was quite clear sun was on a steep downhill. We really couldn't find anything compelling about sun machines or solaris. Most praises about it seem pretty nostalgic to me.

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RE[3]: solaris is meehh
by Kebabbert on Thu 18th Aug 2011 10:28 in reply to "RE[2]: solaris is meehh"
Kebabbert Member since:
2007-07-27

A decade ago, our company was selling software solutions on both solaris and linux. It was very IO / CPU hungry. After seeing 2x >$100k sun boxes handily beaten by single x86 linux machine costing around 15k only ~1.5 years later, it was quite clear sun was on a steep downhill. We really couldn't find anything compelling about sun machines or solaris. Most praises about it seem pretty nostalgic to me.

Yeah, I heard something similar. One large company switched from Solaris SPARC to Linux and got much higher performance.

Because I know from several official benchmarks, that Solaris gives much higher performance than Linux - on the same hardware (SAP benchmarks, I/O, TCP/IP, etc) I dug further into this. And I found out that...

The company switched from 800 old SPARC servers at 1GHz, to 4.000 brand new Intel duo core at 2.4GHz running Linux. I would be very surprised if they did not see a performance increase?

In your case, the old Solaris servers, did they run at 1GHz, and you switched to Linux octo core cpu servers running at 3GHz?

You know, several benchmarks shows that running on the same hardware - Solaris gives much better performance. Is you installed Solaris on your hardware, you would get an additional boost in performance. You want to see links?

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