in the last chapter, one sure route to better performance is to buy
denser microprocessor chips, which have more logic packed into less
space and therefore run faster. Intel founder Gordon Moore’s
Law, which says that microprocessor density and speeds will double
every 18-24 months or so, has not let us down over the last 20 years.
If you wait long enough, perhaps your performance problems will just
go away with the next generation of computer chips! Another proven
multiprocessing, building computers
with two, four, or more microprocessors, all capable of executing the
same workload in parallel. Instead of waiting another 18 months for
processor speed to double again, you might be able to take advantage
of multiprocessing technology to double or quadruple your performance
today. If you have a workload that is out of capacity on a
single-processor system, a multiprocessor configuration running
Windows 2000 may be the only reasonable alternative that offers you
any hope of relief from these capacity constraints today.
Multiprocessing technology lets you harness the power of multiple microprocessors running a single copy of the Windows 2000 operating system. Enterprise-class server models with multiple CPUs abound. When is a two- or four-way multiprocessor solution a good answer for your processing needs? How much better performance should you expect from a server with multiple engines? What sorts of workloads lend themselves to ...