Upgrade to dual-core (Pentium D) processor - Does it worth it?
sturdee at pathwaynet.com
Fri Jul 14 17:04:18 UTC 2006
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On Fri, 14 Jul 2006, Tobias P. Santos wrote:
> We have a server running FreeBSD 5.4 i386 (which we plan to upgrade to 6.1)
> with a single Pentium 4 2.8GHz processor without SMP kernel.
> This machine basically serves web pages that may or may not use MySQL server
> (also run in this server).
> Usually, we have low usage and load average is ~ 0.2 which is ok, but
> sometimes, one single process (e.g., mysqld) begins to use all CPU cycles,
> loading up the system and leading the other smaller processes (in terms of
> CPU usage) to have a high response time.
> As this server's motherboard doesn't support an additional processor, we are
> wondering whether a Pentium D processor (830) might help to minimize this
> In our understanding, one core would be busy with mysqld for example, while
> the other one would be free to handle other processes like httpd and serve
> pages that don't even need mysql resources.
> Is this correct? Did someone have similiar (successful or unsuccessful)
> Thank you in advance,
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