Have you ever asked yourself that question when you are bombarded with marketing messages from multiple different companies on why choose their products vs. a competitors product?. As a non-Engineer in an engineer centric company, I certainly have thought about this several times and asked myself a very simple question – Why should I choose one architecture type over another offering?I suppose the best place is to start at the beginning and try and decipher the acronym soup of RISC, x86 etc. I decided to use my ‘old friend’ Wikipedia http://www.wikipedia.org/ to help with this process. What I found was another alphabet soup that I could have researched for hours, but try and simplify it below. I attach my detailed definition findings at end of this blog. Simply put, RISC (pronounced risk) is a CPU design to use simplified instructions to execute very fast thus providing higher performance. x86 is a generic term that refers to the instruction set of another CPU architecture. So basically both RISC and x86 are types of instruction sets linked to CPU architecture.So which one should I choose?. Call me old fashioned, but as a business guy, it always comes down to 3 basic tenets in terms of making a decision1) I like choice and the ability to pick and choose between multiple suppliers to get the best deal to meet my needs.(and the ability to change supplier without major obstacles)2) Performance is really important. The higher performance means that I get my work done quicker which reduces the overall cost / improves time to revenue and ultimately improves the productivity of my business3) System cost and total cost of ownership are key decision points in today’s era which is vastly different from the ‘dot.com’ boom. It is all about managing the bottom line through good decisions around CAPEX and OPEX spendingI applied my decision criteria and quickly found out that there is not a lot of choice from a hardware and operating system perspective with RISC architecture. In fact it looks quite the opposite of choice which always concerns me, call me pro-choice if you like, but I like the ability to move around suppliers!. On the other hand I found x86 to have lots of choice with many hardware vendors to list and a range of operating systems from windows to Linux and Solaris. Having choice out of the way, I then moved onto performance for my business and looked at published results from many hardware vendors on different websites like http://www.spec.org. what I found was that Intel based systems had a lot of leading results against architectures like SPARC from SUN or Fujitsu and POWER from IBM.I then looked at price (and being an ex-Accountant in my past career) nearly jumped for joy when I saw that system prices were low for x86 systems compared to the comparable RISC systems.This analysis helped me understand it better and helped simplify my decision making. Here is a short video with a little bit more detail. I would be interested in your thoughts and have you had any similar experiences that you would like to share.
A BJP member in Lok Sabha on Monday asked the government not to hold an Indo-Pak cricket series questioning the need for having sporting ties with a country which shelters terrorists responsible for carrying out attacks in India.Former Union Home Secretary and BJP MP RK Singh said at a time when terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed is roaming freely in Pakistan and another terrorist Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has been granted fresh bail, “what is point of playing cricket with them…I do not understand.”The government should not hold such a cricket series or “reconsider” any decision on the matter as Home Minister Rajnath Singh has informed the House that Mumbai serial blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim has been given shelter in Pakistan, he said.While most BJP members were silent, he got support from the opposition benches when he raised the issue during Zero Hour.Reports have it that in December, India could take on Pakistan in their first ‘away’ bilateral cricket series in almost a decade.India and Pakistan cricket board chiefs met in Kolkata on Sunday and said that the series would likely comprise three Tests, five one-day internationals and two T20 games. The issue of ban on fishing on high seas from the present 47 days to 61 raised by KC Venugopal also saw heated exchanges between the opposition and the treasury benches leading to adjournment of the House for 10 minutes during Zero Hour.Venugopal said the decision to extend the period of ban was based on the recommendation of a committee. He said the former chairperson of the panel and the present incumbent have now opposed the findings, therefore, the government should withdraw the ban.advertisementFellow members from Kerala beloning to Left parties supported Venugopal and wanted a further discussion. As they pressed for a discussion, Santok Singh Chaudhury (Cong) could not raise his issue despite repeated attempts.Meanwhile, Ramesh Bidhuri said something much to the chagrin of members from Kerala, which led to heated exchange of words between the opposition and treasury benches.As some BJP members tried to pacify Bidhuri, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said when Congress member Venugopal did not allow fellow party MP Chaudhury to raise his issue, the BJP would find it difficult to contain members like Bidhuri.Amid din, speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House for 10 minutes.