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SubjectRe: SMP question
Artemio wrote:

>I have the following question.
>My system is 2x 2.4Ghz Xeons.
>Linux kernel 2.4.18 compiled with SMP support sees it as four processors.
This is hyper threading. This is intel's attempt to cram extra
instructions on each cpu cyle. It may make things faster, or slower.
It really depends on what you are doing. You can shut off hyper
threading off in the bios.

>SMP-disabled kernel sees one, of course.
>I would like to know, how will it influence the system performance, if I run a
>UP kernel?
Well if you are generally only running a single program then it will
speed things up. If you run a number of programs all at once it will
speed things up. Hyperthreading tends to be a good thing if you are
running 8 or more cpu hungry processes.

>What does the kernel SMP support add? Just some API for additinal
>multiprocessor control?
For the most part. It also enables io-apic and other stuff.

There is no such thing as obsolete hardware.
Merely hardware that other people don't want.
(The Second Rule of Hardware Acquisition)
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