Solid State Disks

Monday, March 30th, 2009

One of Joel Spolsky’s developers was complaining that compiling was getting slow (30 seconds) — leading to the usual sword fights in the hall — and wanted to spend a few weeks parallelizing the process to speed it up.

Joel decided against spending expensive developer time when he could instead buy new hardware. He decided to try solid state disks:

Boot time dropped from 2:11 to 0:34. That’s from a cold boot to launching Firefox and navigating to Launching 6 major applications went from about 20 seconds to about 10 seconds. In general, the fact that app launching is so much faster makes a huge difference and it was totally worth it. This little laptop is now the fastest computer I’ve ever used.

It didn’t improve compile time though.

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