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Re: general question about equipment
That's exactly what Motorola/IBM did with the Altivec unit on the 'G4'
PowerPC processor - a major hardware feature that was no use unless
you programmed specifically for it.
Same true of SSE on Intel chips I guess.
On 03/08/07, Krispen Hartung <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> You are correct. Software optimization for dual core is a bonus to take
> advantage of additional duo core features, but not necessary. The system
> does a lot of things in the background between the two cores, running
> OS and applications that make it much more efficient than a solo core
> system. Intel wouldn't release a product like this if it's power could
> be unleashed by special software optimization. That would be ridiculous.
> ----- Original Message -----
> Subject: RE: general question about equipment
> > I believe that Kris is actually more of an expert on this, but my
> > understanding is that s/w does not need to be "optimized" in any way to
> > take
> > advantage of dual-core Intel processors. These are not like using two
> > totally separate processors on a motherboard. These are single
> > with multiple cores. I believe the microcode in the processor and
> > take care of routing information to take advantage of them.
> > -Qua
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Per Boysen [mailto:email@example.com]
> > Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 7:51 AM
> > To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> > Subject: Re: general question about equipment
> >>Just a short comment:
> > If the intention is to run Ableton Live a dual core machine will give
> > almost the double processing power. That is if using Live in version
> > or
> > higher, because this is where the code was optimized for double
> > or
> > dual core processor machines. I know this because I have many different
> > computers here and have also done comparing tests in contact with other
> > Ableton users.
> > Myself I'm a heavy user of Mobius VST looper with lots of other VST
> > plug-ins hosted by Bidule, and I doubt a dual core machine would give
> > much more performance use than the 2 GHz Centrino I have been running
> > a
> > couple of years, simply because these combination of software is not
> > optimized for dual CPU or dual core technology (but as said, with
> > Live the difference is huge).
> > Greetings from Sweden
> > Per Boysen
> > www.boysen.se (Swedish)
> > www.looproom.com (international)