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Date:      Mon, 7 Feb 2005 11:17:34 -0600 (CST)
From:      Chris Dillon <>
To:        Scott Long <>
Cc:        Nathan Vidican <>
Subject:   Re: Intel EMT64 Xeon vs AMD Opteron
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On Fri, 4 Feb 2005, Scott Long wrote:

> With FreeBSD, it's a bit of a toss-up.  There is no strong affinity 
> set or enforced between process memory and where the process is 
> running. Having some notion of affinity (i.e. NUMA support) would be 
> a good thing.  Oh, and the 4+2 configurations are typically pretty 
> poor, regardless.

For non-NUMA-aware operating systems, you should turn on Node 
Interleaving for the memory system which will spread the memory 
accesses across all processors.  Hopefully all multi-processor Opteron 
system BIOSes will give you this option, my Tyan S2885 does.

  Chris Dillon - cdillon(at)
  FreeBSD: The fastest, most open, and most stable OS on the planet
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