I agree with AJ about the merits of twin-CPU machines.

I routinely do other tasks while running something lengthy in Protel (such
as DRC).  During DRC (or printing in Acrobat, etc.), if you bring up the CPU
resource monitor in W2K, you can see one CPU is running at near 100%, while
the other is idling.  You can then do something else with that other CPU
while the busy one is chewing on bits.  If it was a single-CPU machine, you
would just be waiting.

I actually have been wondering for years where all the CPU cycles go.  Each
successive generation of software runs slower and slower, so you have to buy
a faster computer to speed it up to where you were before.  Are
cycle-wasting wait loops being coded into software libraries to slow it
down?  It seems that the tech industry would have an incentive to do this.
Slower software begets new, faster hardware, which begets a new OS license,
which begets more app bloat, which begets slower software...

Best regards,
Ivan Baggett
Bagotronix Inc.
website:  www.bagotronix.com


----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Jenkins" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 10:27 AM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Anyone know of a Altera listserver? and Single/Dual CPU


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