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SubjectRe: Dual Athlon XP 1800+ on Tyan Thunder K7 or Tiger MP anyone?
Robert Love <rml@tech9.net> wrote:
> On Tue, 2001-10-09 at 18:17, Charles Cazabon wrote:
> > They work, but not "fine". There are performance issues with
> > Thunderbird-core Athlons in SMP configurations that may slow them down
> > somewhat.
>
> Are you sure it is related to SMP and not the fact the Palomino core is
> faster in general?

Yes, it's an architectural problem with the Thunderbird core. It turns
out that in SMP configurations, the Thunderbird can actually hinder
performance in certain cases (i.e. benchmarks show very little
performance improvement for dual Thunderbirds over single Thunderbird,
while same software scales almost linearly with dual Palominos over
single Palomino).

I don't recall the exact cause, but I think it had something to do with
poor cache interaction -- cache-line ping-pong perhaps?

Charles
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