To dual or not to dual?
Posted on: 05/10/2000 08:17 PM

The guys over at Techextreme continue the endless debate of single vs. dual processor systems. Should the average person consider buying or building a dual processor system? (duh, of course!)
The performance gain from dual processors comes from isolating certain processes and OS overhead to a single CPU, ensuring that processing intensive applications are free to complete their work without sharing CPU time with routine system overhead. One example is Microsoft Excel running on a dual CPU system with 256 Megs of RAM. Though the system has plenty of RAM, the application may be starved for CPU time as it tries to perform advanced calculations on large spreadsheets. Add to the mix typical overhead such as OS processes, email and printing, and the time available for the Excel application is quite limited...
Nothing incredible or new, but worth the read. You can check it out here.

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