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Old 2003-09-07, 19:12   #1
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Default Opteron ideally suited for multiprocessing

Anandtech has some good articles about Opteron architecture.

The main thing is the 64-bit stuff, the extra registers, and so forth. But there's something else too: it's designed to allow easy implementation of multi-processing.

Read this:

http://www.anandtech.com/cpu/showdoc.html?i=1815&p=7

Now fast-forward a few years from now and picture an 8-CPU box sitting on your desk, crunching away.

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Old 2003-09-08, 07:01   #2
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That's very useful if multiple instances of mprime or other clients are working in parallel - especially if they have local memory banks.

Here at university we let mprime run on a small Xeon cluster (2x 2 CPU nodes - 2GHz Xeon DP) and it was slow compared to a single P4.
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Interesting story:

IBM Sells Computer Using AMD Chip to Bristol-Myers

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