[rescue] pursuing a VAX

Joshua D Boyd jdboyd at cs.millersville.edu
Mon Dec 9 15:30:06 CST 2002

On Mon, Dec 09, 2002 at 03:27:40PM -0600, Scott Newell wrote:
> >> things like, "I've got a dual 1GHz Pentium III system, so it's
> >> twice as fast as a 1GHZ Pentium III!" which isn't close to the
> >> truth.  You can't correct them, either.
> >
> >How much faster, on average, would such a system be?  I know it's not
> >linear, but is there a good rule of thumb for that?
> I've got a dual P3-450 at the house, and I used to have a single P3-450 at
> work.  With interactive use (edit/compile/debug) under win2k, the dual
> machine _felt_ maybe 50-75% faster, because the UI would remain responsive
> under load.

Did you try recompiling software for SSE?  Reportedly gcc can get a
significant speed bump when using SSE, without any other adjustments to
the code.  Of course, it depends on what the code is doing, etc, yada
yada yada, and so on.

Joshua D. Boyd

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