> Agree - lots of situations where 32-bit is preferable, and in
> cases still the defacto arch.
It's getting harder and harder to find 32 bit x86 hardware. There's exactly one
use case for 32 bit in the cloud setting (IMO), which dgilmore and I briefly spoke about
after the meeting yesterday - extremely memory constrained environments. The python memory
consumption issues on 64 bit fall into that category. Does anyone have other use cases
that aren't support for older hardware or memory usage with smaller amounts of mem?
I'm not 100% certain but I believe hadoop algorithms are fairly
optimised for 32 bit due to historical architectural reasons so that
might be another use case.