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Re: general question about equipment (dual core Hint)

This is just too funny; Andy's post popped up right when I was about  
to post a note about this:

>>> July 13th - Bidule 0.95 released
>>> A new version of Bidule has been released.
>>> New Features:
>>> - Added preliminary support for multicore processing... // (plus  
>>> a lot more)

As I a have many computers with both dual and single processors I can  
truly say that I have experienced a giant leap in performance every  
time a piece of software gets optimized for dual/multi core/cpu.  
Logic was first four years ago, recently Ableton and now Bidule. Bad  
news for me is that the dual cpu machine I have is stationary while  
the laptops I use for concerts are single cpu boxes. I can't wait  
until having saved up enough for getting an Intel Core 2 Duo box for  
my Bidule/Mobius live looping patch...


On 4 aug 2007, at 13.02, andy butler wrote:

> My experiments on a dual core machine (winXP) showed the following.
> Using Bidule (not optimised for dual core) it becomes apparent that  
> all the Bidule processing is done by one of the cores.
> It also seems that the graphics for the operating system are handled
> in just one of the cores.
> WinXP chooses which processes to put onto which core, there doesn't  
> seem to be a way to change that.
> If the Bidule processing ends up on the same core as the graphic  
> processing,
> then Bidule has less capability.
> I guess it depends on the order that you start your applications,
> seemed like I could restart Bidule and get it onto the core
> which had the lowest load.
> andy butler
> disclaimer
> I don't have any specific knowledge about xp in this respect,
> just looking at the 'performance' tab of the Widows task manager.
> Krispen Hartung 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  the 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 only be unleashed by special  
>> software optimization.  That would be ridiculous.
>> Kris