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Re: [ARSCLIST] Hyperthreading (was Software for Mac)
Here is a good kb article on the basics of hyper-threading, multi-threading,
and multi-processing from Steinberg...
Sales Engineer - Archiving
Cube-Tec North America
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Richard L. Hess
Sent: October 18, 2008 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hyperthreading (was Software for Mac)
At 11:48 PM 2008-10-17, carlstephen koto wrote:
>Thanks Steven, that's why I asked Richard about the hyperthreading
>before. I use a quad cored Mac (each processor is 2.6G) and when I'm
>processing audio, I open a widget that displays processor usage. When
>I run my restoration software (iZotope Rx) or any other intensive
>editing processes, only one of the four processors is doing 90% (just
>a visual estimate) of the work. If the one processor is "limiting
>out" a second processor will momentarily run up to about 50%.The
>other three are barely working (running the display and operating
>system?). As a result, my software runs just a little faster than it
>would on a single processor.
That was what I saw in the hyperthreading model as well under
Windows. Alas, in hyperthreading, it appears that half the CPU cycles
are allocated to each thread (as opposed to the multi-core
processors), therefore in hyperthreading, I was losing performance
with this function activated.
Your report on what the Mac does and what I've seen hyperthreading do
under Windows are why I've been staying away from multi-core CPUs
which have a big cost with little benefit IN THIS APPLICATION. In
fact, I might suggest that other than efficiencies in fewer CPU clock
cycles per instruction in the latest processors, that the typical
mid-2.5 GHz multi-core processor may not offer any improvement over a
3 GHz single core unit.
It would be interesting to see further data points on this.
Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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