Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2006 23:14 UTC
Intel Quad-core processors are only the beginning of what a revitalized Intel has to offer, the company's top executives said here Sept. 26. The chip maker will deliver in November its first quad-core processors - chips that incorporate four processors each - for both desktops and servers, said CEO Paul Otellini here, in an opening keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum. The quad-core chips themselves will offer up to 70 percent greater performance in desktops and 50 percent in servers.
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RE[2]: The beginning of what?
by Kitty on Wed 27th Sep 2006 10:20 UTC in reply to "RE: The beginning of what?"
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I'm far from an expert on SMP, but I don't think I've seen anything in that old video that can't be done with any SMP-ready kernel out there.
Honest question stemming from my ignorance: how come every time SMP is discussed, BeOS is brought up as a silver bullet? I seem to understand that its own GUI/window manager was heavily threaded, and that its API encouraged multithreaded development in frontends.
But regarding the CPU intensive parts of a program not written in any OS-specific special manner (let's say the Gecko renderer, or the filters in GIMP) is there anything that BeOS does that is more SMP-friendly than other OSes? I don't know, migrating processes from one core the other to keep the load balanced or more esoteric stuff?
Thanks to anyone that takes the time to satisfy my curiosity.

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