[Seaside] 64-bit hardware [was [ANN] (gem)Stone Soup]

James Foster Smalltalk at jgfoster.net
Tue May 8 22:36:32 UTC 2007

I went to http://www.dell.com and entered '6V620-DDCWBC2' in the search box
and took each of the lowest-cost options and came up with US$439 for a 64-bit
machine with 1 GB of RAM and 160 GB of hard disk. I did some other poking
around and came up with a similar configuration for US$409 in their Small
Business area. The offer code '6V620-DNDWHA2' will give you a notebook for

Your next computer should be a 64-bit machine.


On Tuesday 08 May 2007 12:30 pm, Martin McClure wrote:
> > Could we have a few comments on the 64 bit hardware?  I'm sure that
> > some folks understand the nuances but a few minutes on Wikipedia has
> > made my head hurt.
> Yes, it'll do that. :-)
> > I assume that the processor needs to be 64 bit and this means either
> > AMD64 or Intel's Core 2 (Duo?)?
> Correct. Any of the AMD 64-bit CPUs should work fine, as well as any
> Intel processor with their 64-bit extensions.
> > If I was going to setup a linux box using either RedHat/Suse
> > Enterprise x versions what would be an example hardware spec?
> Wide variations are possible, but I'll give some examples.
> Machines I use (and successfully run GemStone on) are these:
> My home desktop, built myself, components of various ages up to 3 years:
>    Athlon 64 CPU
>    2GiB DDR 400MHz RAM
>    1 350GB SATA 300 hard drive
> My work desktop, a Dell Precision 390:
>    Intel Core 2 duo 6600 dual-core CPU, 2.4GHz
>    2GiB DDR2 667MHz RAM
>    2 350GB SATA 300 drives
> My laptop, a MacBook manufactured in February 2007:
>    Intel Core 2 duo T7200 dual-core CPU, 2.0GHz
>    2GiB DDR2 667MHz RAM
>    1 80G SATA drive
> I run Gentoo Linux on all of these (and the MacBook dual-boots with Mac
> OS X). Most other folks here at GemStone run Suse. Whatever you run, get
> the latest version.
> Unless you're running a high-volume production system (please note that
> I do not define "high-volume", YMMV) a single-core CPU, 1G of RAM, and a
> single SATA drive should do fine. Last I checked, you could build one of
> these for about $700 using fairly high-quality components. Each of the
> commercial dual-core systems above cost about $1500.
> Regards,
> -Martin
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