even notice. :>
IBM is seriously doing that? What the bleeding fuck??? I do not get this system at all. What if you never use the other processors. they're sitting where IBM can't get them and also doesn't have money in exchange for them. Bad idea IMNSHO.
Here is a thing to consider. The way IBM builds processor cards on some of these systems, there will be 2 - 4 processors on the card anyway (more on the big systems) and it is simipler to have just one card type with, for example, 4 processors on it. The customer only currently has need for 2 processor, so that is all he needs to pay for. Then if he move more workload to the system or wants more logical partitions on the system, he can pay a little more money to activate the 2 processors that already exist in his system.
There is much less down time than there would be to install a new processor card in the system.
Thu 09 Nov 2006 06:13:50 PM EST from the8088er@uncnsrd (Uncensored)
what happens when someone other than IBM figures out how to activate those two processors?
Well, I suppose that the first time you need service/support, and they notice that this has happened, they'll be in trouble.
However, it's a pretty safe bet that any company that's already ponying up the money for that kind of hardware isnt' about to try to cheat IBM out of their money.
There is also a cost benefit from a manufacturing perspective. Instead of manufacturing three processor cards for 1 CPU, 2 CPUs, and 4 CPUs, you only have to build one card with 4 CPUs. That saves money on hardware design (schematics, PCB layout, etc) and testing, manufacturing time, space, equipment, etc, and general operations management of multiple parts.
I happened to be reading the Wikipedia entry about the Year 2038 problem [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem ].
I really loved the dryness of this statement:
"Using a (signed) 64-bit value introduces a new wraparound date in about 290 billion years, on Sunday, December 4, 292,277,026,596. However, this problem is not widely regarded as a pressing issue."