>Steve: >This is not trivial. The slow cpu of the iSeries prevents modern >programming languages from being used on our system. >Leif: (taken somewhat out of context) >Use the AS/400 for what it is good at. >Use the right tool for the job. Use an Intel >screamer for what it does best. I don't know if it boils down strictly to programming languages, but I know what Steve means. Even two and three year old dinosaur AS/400's are inadequate as web servers (or Domino app servers, etc.) because some online responses boil down to the speed of one processor. A single user transaction can require much, much more processing in an HTML or Java application. A 4550 CPW 740 might serve as a pathetic web server. A new 270 with a fraction of the CPW would blow the doors off the 740 in a broad range of newer technology applications. CPW is a measure of traditional AS/400 work. Processor MHz might be a more meaningful measure in some applications, but it has to be taken in context. MHz (or MIPS, etc.) "scores" do not compare one to one across chips. Still, it's as Leif suggested -- our PHB's want it dumbed down to one number. Remember when you'd buy a new stereo and your friends would ask, "How many WATTS?!" I don't, however, think you necessarily need to use an Intel screamer. There are a great number of new Intel, HP, Apple, IBM iSeries/pSeries, etc. processors that are fast enough to do the job. You don't have to buy the fastest if there are alternatives that more than meet your needs. -Jim James P. Damato Manager - Technical Administration Dollar General Corporation <mailto:email@example.com>
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