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Anybody using Intel Core 2 DUO with WideServer/Client?

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Hi, all:With Vista coming up in the next few months, AND with the imminent release of FS X....I'm giving serious thought to a hardware upgrade. I've already got the vid-card, so there's the question of what will compliment FSX, and Vista. Basically, I'm wondering if anyone is using the new ASUS P5B Deluxe with the new 'Core 2 Duo' technology, along with Wideserver/client networked? I'm interested in knowing if the dual threading hardtware isolates and shares the Client feed to the WideServer PC? And is the increase in performance demonstrable?Real curious. :-hahRon_CYEGhttp://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/pmdg_pf.jpg

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Ron,Dual core hardware isn't going to do anything to a piece of software on its own. Programs need to be coded to take advantage of dual (or more) cores - it's called a "multithreaded application". I don't know if WideFS has that in its code - you're probably best off asking on Pete Dowson's forum.That shouldn't disuade you from getting the Core 2 Duo though, it's the best CPU on the market right now... AMD is sure to hit back though next year.


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Hi, This is not 100% true. You can set the processor affinity to one of the processors and then ensure that the process runs only on that processor (or, in this case core). I guess the gain would come from keeping FS on one core and all others on another. This is all in theory, I'd be interested in hearing if anyone can actually measure some gain from that.Thanks,Boaz

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Boaz,Yes you can set affinity to a single CPU, but you still are only getting single-threaded CPU performance out the application. The real gains from having a dual core machine come from software that is written specifically to run different threads on the different cores in the system. We should begin to see more programs taking advantage of this once Vista is out and dual core machines become completely mainstream.


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Hi Ryan, As I said: The gain comes from letting FS run as the sole process on one core. I actually don't think much gain will come from using more threads from one process across several cores or CPUs. The problem is the synchronization and transfer of data between threads on different cores/CPUs. I even don't think you can execute threads belonging to the same process on different cores (but, could be wrong. It is getting very theoretical:-)).

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>Ron,>>Dual core hardware isn't going to do anything to a piece of>software on its own. Programs need to be coded to take>advantage of dual (or more) cores - it's called a>"multithreaded application". I don't know if WideFS has that>in its code - you're probably best off asking on Pete Dowson's>forum.>>That shouldn't disuade you from getting the Core 2 Duo though,>it's the best CPU on the market right now... AMD is sure to>hit back though next year.Thanks, Ryan.That's a big help and certainly makes sense. The WideFS code is years old now.~`Ron CYEG

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> This is not 100% true. You can set the processor affinity to>one of the processors and then ensure that the process runs>only on that processor (or, in this case core). I guess the>gain would come from keeping FS on one core and all others on>another. This is all in theory, I'd be interested in hearing>if anyone can actually measure some gain from that.Boaz:Interesting thought. My guess is that FSX would take charge of I/O and that would probably dictate taking sole control of the code.Ron_CYEGhttp://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/pmdg_pf.jpg

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