Linked by David Adams on Wed 4th Aug 2010 18:28 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
Hardware, Embedded Systems Anyone contemplating a new computer purchase (for personal use or business) is confronted with new (and confusing) hardware choices. Intel and AMD have done their best to differentiate the x86 architecture as much as possible while retaining compatibility between the two CPUs, but the differences between the two are growing. One key differentiator is hyperthreading; Intel does it, AMD does not. This article explains what that really means, with particular attention to the way different server OSes take advantage (or don't). Plenty of meaty tech stuff.
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RE: Comment by another_sam
by bebop on Thu 5th Aug 2010 18:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by another_sam"
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They are talking about the processor pipeline. On a very high level, in RISC machines lets say each operation takes five cycles to complete. However one part of the cycle needs something from memory, in this case the operation cannot continue because it does not have any data. This causes a delay in the execution of the instruction. This is a level below the operating systems thread scheduler, as its the actual cpu(s) making choices on what operations are to be done.

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