Subject: Re: single or dual CPU
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 11/16/2004 15:24:04
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, James Gray writes:
>what are the advantages of SMP (i386 2.0_RC4)? i was thinking of upgrading my
>NetBSD box (a Pentium 200 with 96MB of ram), with a new motherboard, CPU and r
>am (and case of course)... the rest of the components will be replaced later.
>Anyway, given then options, new AthlonXP 2000+ with 512MB of ram, or a dual P-
>III 1Ghz system, with the same amount of ram, which one would be best?
What are your applications? A dual-processor machine is a good idea if
you frequenly run more than one CPU-bound process simultaneously. If
that's rare, you'll do better with a single, faster CPU.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb