Hyperthreading in P4

Ole W. Saastad ole at scali.no
Sun Apr 28 09:53:27 EDT 2002


New Pentium 4 processors has hyper threading capabilities
and when setting this the linux sees 4 cpus on each dual node.

I have done some testing with OpenMP programs and found that
for OpenMP threaded programs there is no performance gain in using 
the hypertheading. Using a number of threads that equal the number 
of real processors seems to be optimal.
However, this is the results from just a few OpenMP programs and
might not tell a full story. 
I would like comments from others who has played with threads 
and hyperthreading in a Pentium 4 processor environment.


Hyperthreading is claimed to perform better when running a large
number of processes and a high number of threads. But this is most
probably different applications or different requests lets say to a 
web or db. server.


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