[bf1942] Server requirements

Andreas Andersson andreas.andersson at dice.se
Mon May 9 08:43:30 EDT 2005

Sorry for not answering your mail, things is quite hectic here at the  moment so I'm having trouble keeping up... :/

I'm afraid I do not have any more info on that then AF did. We have not compared the 32/64 bit servers like that. Could be an interesting thing to do though...

I can say is that the Dual-opteron machine with 2 GB of memory 
, that AF was talking about, can more then well handle 64 players.

And we got another machine the other week. An AMD Athlon64 3800+ with 1 GB Ram. Not surprisingly, this machine could also handle 64 players without sweating :)

I have to confess, I'm not updated on the latest hardware. But as I have understood things, the EMT is not really a fullblown 64bit processor. It's just a 32-bit modified to be able to use more then 4GB's memory. But I might very well be totally of track here... 
And there is currently no plan on releasing EMT-specific binaries.

Based on that I think that Opterons might be a better choice for you. 

Sorry that I can't help you further...


-----Original Message-----
From: "Einar S. Idsø" [mailto:esi at itk.ntnu.no] 
Sent: den 9 maj 2005 14:30
To: bf1942 at icculus.org
Subject: Re: [bf1942] Server requirements

Einar S. Idsø wrote:
> Hi Andreas A., nice to meet you! I am so very glad to see that Dice have
> come up with some excellent solutions to many of our concerns
> (Linux-server (doh!), Py-interface, logging etc.). Great job!
> I don't know if you were subscribing to this list at the time, but a few
> days ago I asked Andreas F. about what kind of improvements we may
> expect from the 64-bit Linux server as compared to the 32-bit. Do you
> have any percentages to share at this time? We're currently trying to
> figure out what kind of servers to purchase before the launch, and would
> therefore be very interested in your views as to whether a dual Opteron
> or a dual Xeon (with EMT64) would be better. Would perhaps a dual-core
> AMD 64 be just as good as a dual Opteron system? Do you only support AMD
> 64, or is EMT64 supported as well? Also, how much RAM should we provide
> for a 64-player server?
> Any info you can give us regarding hardware would be most appreciated so
> that we can spend our money wisely.
> Thanks,
> Einar S. Idsø
> Kybber at Battlefield.no (bf2.no), Norway's largest Battlefield community

I'm allowing myself to "bump" this mail since we have just received an
offer for a Xeon server and are a bit reluctant to purchase one since we
don't know whether it will be supported as 64 bit. Will there be
released only AMD64 or also EMT64? I'm asking because I believe they are
incompatible architectures, right? Any idea whether the Xeon 64 bit CPU
will be better or worse than the Opteron?

Also, I am still very interested in receiving answers for my questions
above, in addition to these few new ones.

Thanks again,
Einar S. Idsø
Kybber at Battlefield.no (bf2.no), Norway's largest Battlefield community

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