Advice: Upgrade from SS2 SS10

Joel Guthridge jmg at seqanal.mi.uky.edu
Fri Mar 19 20:42:06 EST 1993

  I'd like some advice from the net about upgrading from SS2 running
SunOS 4.1.1 to a SS10 (SparcStation 10, model 30) running Solaris 2.1.
The SS2 mainly runs a Molecular Biology Server, with the IG Suite,
some public domain programs, a gopher server etc.  What are the advantages/
disadvantages to upgrading?  For the molecular biol. programs we run
will the SS10 cause a dramatic increase in speed.  My impression is that
the main applications used (fasta etc.) are mainly limited by disk I/O
speed, so the SS10 wouldn't increase speed of those applications much.
What problems can you forsee in carrying out such an upgrade, ie. getting
things going like they are now on the SS2?

  The reason for asking is that Sun is offering an upgrade, for what
appears to be a reasonable price, and we actually have the money to do it.
I'm just not convienced that this upgrade is necessary at this time.  Maybe
I should spend the money on other periphs., like diskspace, tape backup etc.

   Thanks for the input!

   Joel Guthridge
   email:  jmg at seqanal.mi.uky.edu

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