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Subject: Re: WMCCC Hardware

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 20:52:03 10/18/97

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On October 18, 1997 at 00:39:50, Bruce Moreland wrote:

>
>On October 17, 1997 at 18:23:47, Amir Ban wrote:
>
>>Some may be limited in hardware because they write assembler, but the
>>issue for others is simply availability and logistics. I have a pure C++
>>program that runs on Win32, which makes it probable that I could run on
>>an Alpha quite easily. When I learned that I was going to compete
>>against several Alphas, I put extra effort in my program and actually
>>managed to shave some percents off, no small achievement for a mature
>>program. But this overclocking business completely defeats me and makes
>>me aware that I have been wasting my time investing in my program
>>instead of going all out for some hardware.
>
>Sounds like there will be one more Alpha at next year's event.  You will
>be able to port on the first compile, most likely.  You don't even have
>to worry about byte-ordering or sizeof(int) issues, they are the same on
>both platforms.
>
>bruce

they can be.  the alpha supports either big-endian or little-endian data
formats, controlled by a bit the O/S can set or clear.  I assume NT puts
it in little-endian mode from our test results...



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