Working on a project where we have maximum $30k to purchase a server/workstation. We need the fastest processor we can buy to execute Fortran applications. Parallel processing nor graphics are of our interest; this is sequential processing, CPU intensive.
We will be using Linux as OS, probably Ubunto (Red Hat or Suze: One that comes with the Fortran compiler included).
We have not been able to find a good white paper comparing processors for workstations/servers. Based on what we're finding in Internet, it looks as though Itanium is the fastest processor, but we're not finding many servers/workstations in the market with Itanium. (Realize that we'll be purchasing the equipment in Venezuela).
On the other hand, we're not clear if Itanium -for the kind of applications we have- will be faster than Xeon processors, which have been in the market much longer.
Anyone knows where I can find a good processor comparison white paper? Any thoughts on Itanium vs Xeon in the context explained above?
thank you to whoever can help!
The newest Itanium chips are far behind in there development vs the Xeon's.
Your best bet would be to get a W3580, this runs at 3.6Ghz with a single thread.
Just an example from Spec.org:
Fujitsu Celsius M470 Specfp2006 (Xeon W3580) = 42.0 points
HP Intergrity RX2660 (Itanium2 1.66Ghz) = 20.4 points
The fp benchmarks include fortan tests.