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I have a server motherboard with two sockets that support triple-channel memory. Each processor has 6 DIMMs. If I plan to use both CPUs, should I populate at least three of the DIMMs on each processor? Or can I only populate 3 of the DIMMs for the first CPU? Would the 2nd CPU be used in this scenario?

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I think it might help to say which sockel the mainboard has. I don't know much about it but I can imagine that a Sandybridge Xeon might need it's own ram because the RAM controller is in the CPU. All the RAM will be shown in the operating system anyway, but I don't know about the facts. – sinni800 May 14 '12 at 18:34
This is the Westmere socket, which also has an integrated memory controller. – eek142 May 14 '12 at 18:54
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It depends

Symmetrical Multi-Processing

"In computing, symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) involves a multiprocessor computer hardware architecture where two or more identical processors are connected to a single shared main memory"

(from Wikipedia.)

Non-Uniform Memory Access

However CPU chips have several levels of cache (which is also memory) and NUMA allows for processors to each have access to their own memory.

I believe AMD's HyperTransport and Intel's QuickPath Interconnect allow for NUMA on certain CPUs.

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I do remember seeing an option for NUMA in the BIOS. I will look into what this does. Thanks. – eek142 May 14 '12 at 19:22

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