Hyperthreading on Core i7s: To use or not to use?

From: Justin Piszcz
Date: Tue Jan 26 2010 - 05:02:15 EST


Should the 'correct' kernel [CPU] configuration for a core i7 860/870..?

- Multi-core support
- Cores: 8
- SMT: Enabled/ON


. SMT scheduler support improves the CPU scheduler's decision making .
. when dealing with Intel Pentium 4 chips with HyperThreading at a .
. cost of slightly increased overhead in some places. If unsure say .
. N here. .

Does this also 'help' and/or 'apply' as much when dealing with Core i7s?


Quick little benchmark (pbzip2 -9 linux kernel source), the benchmark is really within the noise (8 on/off)
- Multicore(8)/HT(Off) = 73.72user 0.33system 0:09.50elapsed 779%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 458528maxresident
- Multicore(8)/HT(On) = 74.28user 0.40system 0:09.67elapsed 772%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 428304maxresident
- Multicore(4)/HT(On) = 68.76user 0.30system 0:17.44elapsed 396%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 213616maxresident)k


Has anyone done any in-depth benchmarking for the core i7s that have multiple
cores and HT disabled/enabled?

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