• Subject: RE: Have you read this?
  • From: "Shaw, David" <dshaw@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 09:59:24 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: leif@attglobal.net [mailto:leif@attglobal.net]

> the PL/I compiler should be able to handle that without too much
> problem...:)
> > > <The day NASA decides to calculate re-entry trajectories on the AS/400
is the day
> > > I head for the hills.>
> > > What, you don't think the AS/400 could do that ?

except that on some (all?) AS/400 models, the PowerPC floating point
unit is disabled while running OS/400. So the calculations would run
very slowly with emulated floating point operations.


I find it a little difficult to believe that Rochester would design what they
call "IBM's fastest floating point processor" for the old Muskie chip sets and
then turn the thing off in all of those 530 and 53S machines.  Maybe the FPU's
are turned off in low-end machines - that would be about par for the way IBM
screws us over to create their bloody "price points" - but in all models?  That
doesn't seem reasonable.

Dave Shaw
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