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Re: 7.4 Press Release -- Draft #4

From: Sean Chittenden <sean(at)chittenden(dot)org>
To: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: 7.4 Press Release -- Draft #4
Date: 2003-07-26 21:04:31
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>    - Takes full advantage of large (>4GB) memory configurations on
>      numerous 64 bit platforms including AMD Opteron, HP/Compaq Alpha,
>      Sun UltraSPARC, MIPS, PA-RISC, and RS6000*

This bullet is really lacking punch now.  64 bit CPUs aren't used
_just_ for additional memory access.  I didn't look too closely to see
when they came in (before or after this email), but there were a few
quotes and bits about 64bit platforms that had better ring than this.
As it stands, I read, "we run on wherever GCC and the OS can run,"
which is true, but neglects that it's somewhat battle proven on
Opteron and the other CPU's/OS'es mentioned.  We really do _support_
Opteron in the sense that there are #ifdef's in our code to make sure
that performance on Opteron doesn't suck(tm).

>    - Adds support for the AMD Opteron, increasing the list of 64bit
>    platforms supported.  Supported 64bit platforms include HP/Compaq
>    Alpha, Sun UltraSPARC, MIPS, PA-RISC, RS6000*, and AMD Opteron.

>    - New wire protocol (version 3) increases the speed of data transfers

Did this ever get verified?  The reason I'm pretty sure this is true
is there is a lack of need to encode/decode data off the wire.

 * Note in particular the distinction between "raw data" and "text"; raw data
 * is message protocol characters and binary values that are not subject to
 * character set conversion, while text is converted by character encoding
 * rules.

Lastly, as someone else said, more quotes would be good if this is
going to mainstream/conventional media sources and not just Open
Source press outlets.  I may have a connection to the Seattle Times,
fwiw... still exploring that avenue though...  -sc

Sean Chittenden

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