SETI@home is pretty cool....no little green men yet!!
Chad K. Lewis
linoge at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 29 10:35:50 PST 1999
"Chris K. Young" wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 28, 1999 at 06:52:20PM -0800, Tracy R Reed wrote:
> ! On Sun, Nov 28, 1999 at 01:44:37PM -0800, Stephen Paden wrote:
> ! > Just wanted to let everyone know that SETI at home is pretty cool. Very slow
> ! > on and M$ platform and very fast on a *nix platform. I'm running 4 copies
> ! > on the *nix box with no problems.
> ! I don't get it. Since 99% of Seti at Home's execution time is spent running the
> ! program in user mode and not spent running the OS, what difference would it
> ! make? If it were I/O intensive I could believe it but it isn't.
> I am given to believe that Windows paging is much less efficient than
> Linux's one. In that light, most of the ``slowness'' could be there.
> I don't have Windows source code (and who outside of MS does?) so I
> don't have ``conclusive proof'' of this, but nonetheless...
> Chris K.
I've read someplace that a large part of what makes the 'doze versions
slow is all the effort the program puts into drawing the pretty
pictures for the screen saver.
Chad Lewis Free the Source
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