Re: Debian stock kernel config -- CONFIG_NR_CPUS=32?
email@example.com put forth on 10/22/2010 5:18 PM:
> Ron et al
> See the following:
Amdahl's law doesn't apply to capacity systems, only capability systems.
Capacity systems are limited almost exclusively by memory,
IPC/coherence, and I/O bandwidth, most often the last of the three.
I think many folks forget about this "3rd rail" of system performance
when they go shopping for the latest/greatest high frequency multi-core
processor. Even mainstream desktops all ship with at minimum a dual
core CPU today, and a single 7.2K RPM disk. Those two cores combined
have I/O bandwidth a few thousand times greater than the disk.
Until the average system has I/O bandwidth that's much closer to parity
with the CPU bandwidth, we don't really need to worry about Amdahl's
law, or any other scalability laws.