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    Visible Computer Futures by Paul A. Mitchell, B.A., M.S. Systems Development Consultant October 24, 2010 A.D. A lot depends on what you want to do now, and
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      "Visible Computer Futures"

      by 

      Paul A. Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
      Systems Development Consultant

      October 24, 2010 A.D.


      A lot depends on what you want to do now, and

      what you want to do tomorrow and the month
      after that.  I realize this is a difficult question to answer,
      because most of us do not have special knowledge of the future,
      but it's still a good question to ask ...

      If all you really want to do RIGHT NOW can be
      handled easily by a used dual-core machine e.g. LGA-775
      with 16GB of RAM, great deals can be had in the used
      & refurb marketplace. 

      (We LUV our ASUS P5Q Premium with Q9550 and 4 x 4GB of DDR2.)

      If/when current standards get implemented in hardware,
      you can demote your dual-core machine to a simple
      storage server e.g. for backups of important data sets
      like drive images of your system software partition.

      Hard drives have become so huge, it's most practical now
      to make multiple copies of key data sets, distributed
      across multiple machines:  switch your storage server OFF
      to guarantee virus and malware protection!


      There are several reasons for waiting to spend
      your whole budget now, including but not limited to:

      (1)  widespread availability of SATA/6G and SAS/6G SSDs:
      hopefully, this development will depress market prices for
      SATA/3G SSDs across the board: e.g. Sandforce SF-2000 series;

      (2)  native support for SAS/6G and SATA/6G in chipsets:
      AMD's 890FX chipset is a good example of leadership in this category;

      (4)  quad-channel memory controllers integrated into CPUs,
      hopefully also available for the ATX standard using 4 x DIMM slots
      instead of 8 x DIMM slots (as predicted by some writers):
      think of highly integrated ATX and micro-ATX motherboards with
      memory bandwidths in the neighborhood of 50,000 MB/second
      (seriously!);

      (5)  PCI-Express 3.0, which is planned to ramp up to a 130/128 jumbo frame
      at the bus level, finally doing away with the 10/8 protocol that
      was originally designed for dial-up modems now obsolete; 

      (6)  my favorite, which is only theoretical at the moment:
      upgrading the SATA protocol to exploit 130/128 jumbo frames
      in chipsets and WD's 4K "advanced format" in storage media,
      ideally using 4K jumbo frames during transmission with a
      minimum of ECC overhead bits;  I can see this happening
      sooner than later, using driver enhancements and even HDD jumpers
      until it becomes standard:  see WD's recent 3TB HDD which
      comes with an add-on controller to overcome the 2TB barrier;

      (7)  native chipset support for TRIM and similar garbage collection features
      in all RAID modes, not just JBOD with AHCI enabled;

      (8)  wider availability of very high-density RAM e.g. 8GB and 16GB per DIMM
      at affordable prices:  this development should emerge with the migration
      to sub-30nm technology at high-volume fabs like GlobalFoundaries;

      (9)  widespread adoption of 64-bit OS and application software;

      (10)  minimum broadband speeds approaching 1 GHz for wired and
      100 MHz for wireless Internet access;

      (11)  UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) which is currently
      a real "sleeper" as far as publicity is concerned, but I predict it will
      revolutionize the task of configuring machine settings for various
      system and application tasks:  imagine a machine with enough RAM
      to load the entire OS into a ramdisk in the upper H/W addresses:
      and you thought SSDs were fast :)


      So, plan accordingly.  If all you need is a minivan to take the
      kids to soccer games, and shop for groceries or garden tools,
      you definitely would NOT want to spend tons of money on
      a Ferrari if it meant you couldn't afford the minivan too :)


      Cheers!  MRFS (aka Memory Resident File Systems)


      --
      Sincerely yours,
      /s/ Paul A. Mitchell, B.A., M.S., Instructor,
      Inventor and Systems Development Consultant

      All Rights Reserved without Prejudice

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