Federal Computing Weekly On The Power Mac G5

Appleis Power Mac G5 product line continues to pull in positive reviews from nearly every corner of the computing landscape, from mainstream press reviews to reports from special interest users such as scientists and mathematicians. Even government users have had good things to say about Appleis pro-computers, and today we have another example of that in the form of an article featured in Federal Computing Weekly. From the article:

"The 64-bit G5 processor lets you use way more main memory and to do certain types of computations that arenit feasible with a 32-bit chip," said Todd Benjamin, Apple product manager for the Power Mac G5. The size of main memory is related to the processor because 32-bit chips max out at 4G of RAM.

"It is good for somebody who is using video or manipulating large images in [Adobe Systems Inc.] PhotoShop," Benjamin said. "These applications will benefit from large amounts of main memory. Anyone who works with 3-D models will benefit because you can manipulate those images in memory instead of using the hard drive."

The chip is also tuned to attack the floating-point calculations that are important for many scientific applications. The chip can produce as many as four floating-point results in a clock cycle in ideal circumstances. "That is one of the reasons Virginia Tech liked this processor," Benjamin said. The university built one of the worldis fastest supercomputers last year by linking Power Macs together in a cluster.

But, Benjamin emphasizes, although Power Mac G5 machines can be used to create a supercomputer, the machines are designed to give desktop PC users more power in everyday applications. So far, the benefits of 64-bit computing have been limited to scientific workstations and PC servers running Intel Corp.is Xenon processors. But even running existing 32-bit applications, the G5 is much faster than the G4.

Thereis also an interesting anecdote about how a government office was able to continue working while many other Windows based offices were busy with virus problems. The article is a good read, so stop be FCW.com for the full story.