Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Feb 2006 17:57 UTC, submitted by MaxxTotal
Intel Just as the bragging rights for dual-core chip supremacy are dying down, Intel gave the first glimpse of a quad-core chip coming next year. Clovertown, a four-core processor, will start shipping to computer manufacturers late this year and hit the market in early 2007. Clovertown will be made for dual-processor servers, which means that these servers will essentially be eight-processor servers. The company will also come out with a previously announced version called Tigerton around the same time for servers with four or more processors.
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Windows and Multi-Core
by tony on Mon 13th Feb 2006 20:34 UTC
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Oddly enough, I found that Windows XP responsiveness improved to a much greater degree with dual core than Linux did (I also had to re-compile the kernel initially, the Ubuntu kernel didn't recognize dual processors, an issue noted in the Ubuntu forums).

The improvement came when an application would churn, burning up 100% of the CPU for a specific task. Playing Quake 4, Outlook throwing a fit, a badly written app going bonkers. With a single core the system would be slow and sluggish. With dual cores, I could still switch to other applications and have responsiveness almost as good as when the system was idle, since it's only churning 100% of a single core, and the other core ready to take on my workload.

Dual core certainly helps out on Linux systems, but for desktop applications, the difference wasn't as dramatic in terms of overall system responsiveness.

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