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What is the difference between multithreading and hyperthreading?

I've heard the terms hyper-threading and multi-threading, but what exactly is the difference between them? What kind of inlet processor uses them?
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is there an azure architecture / icons template somewhere? [closed]

first of all sorry if this is the wrong board for this question, but i am unable to find one exactly appropriate... considered stack overflow and some of the others... this one seems the most ...
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What architecture does my FreeNAS have?

I'd like to upgrade my FreeNAS 8.2.0 (BSD based) and wanted to double check which disk image (32 bit or 64 bit) to download – I'm 90% sure that my hardware (dual core Atom board bought about 2.5 years ...
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Windows Directory Structure

I couldn't find a Windows stack exchange so I am asking this here. I know how a *nix directory structure is set up and how directories are pretty much just lists of files. I can open them with a text ...
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Understanding Bus Architecture Terminology

I've read several books which talked about bus architectures. Each one uses a myriad of terms. Can someone help sort these out for me? system bus external data bus internal data bus front-side bus ...
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Is there a command line tool to check 32-bit or 64-bit of an exe?

On Windows, like: is64 abc.exe 1 and is32 def.exe 1 While abc.exe is compiled 64-bit and def.exe is 32-bit on Windows.
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atom n2600 is 64 bit or 32 bit?

I look at the intel spec sheet. It says that the processor has a 64 bit instruction set. However, running uname -m results in i686, and running grep flags /proc/cpuinfo indicates that each ...
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What architectural state is saved during context switch?

What architectural state is saved during context switch? As far as I know, what is saved is the following Set of registers including PC counter TLB (If it is not flushed...) what else ? Memory? ...
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Hardware. What is the difference between a port and a bank?

Especially, these days, the distinction between them is very confusing.. For example, NVidia's shared memory is 32-banked, so what they say is in one cycle, 32 data can come out at the same time... ...
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How do I tell what platform a package was built for?

I am trying to upgrade certain packages on my system to 64bit. How do I tell whether a particular package is built for 32bit or 64bit? The package name has an x86 after it which usually indicates ...
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What does it mean for a computer to be an “IBM Compatible PC”?

A couple questions about this: 1) Is this term even relevant any more? 2) Does this mean anything from a developer's stand point? It is not exactly clear to me if this is a BIOS, architecture, bus ...
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What is the difference between superscalar and pipelined architectures?

They seem exactly the same to me, but the wikipedia page on Superscalar CPU architectures says "While a superscalar CPU is typically also pipelined, pipelining and superscalar architecture are ...
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how L1 and L2 guide processor to speed up the computer performance [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is actually multilevel cache in processors? how does L1 and L2 cache help processor to speed up the computer performance?
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How can I add another independent network to an already existing one?

I'm planning a network, but unfortunately I'm not professional network admin, so I need your help, please. Here is the picture of what I plan to do: I have a normal router for internet ADSL ...
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Can machine code be translated to a different architecture?

So this is kind of related to a question about running a Windows server on ARM. So the premise of my question is, can machine code be translated from one architecture to another in order to execute a ...
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Run 10 sets of headphones from a pc via 10 separate channels

We have a PC application that runs on Windows 7 platform that is designed to play sound to up to 10 different MP3's to up to 10 separate sound cards (ie. 10 different inputs playing to 10 different ...
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what is a core in terms of a processor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can someone clear up the terms Core Duo CPU, Quad Core, Dual CPU, etc.? In a processor, what is the core? I hear the terms i3, Core 2 Duo, and Dual Core, what do they ...
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What are the technical differences between Windows Vista and Windows 7?

I'm interested in finding an unabridged technical manual documenting all of the differences between the two operating systems. In Tanenbaum's latest edition of Modern Operating Systems (3rd Edition), ...
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What's the best fit SSD for the Acer Aspire 1420p laptop? [closed]

I have a the Acer Aspire 1420P notebook (specs here http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/notebook/2009/acer/aspire/Aspire1420P/Aspire1420Psp2.shtml). I'm considering buying an SSD for it, but having ...
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Good source for a complete guide to Linux (for the layman)

I started following the Linux From Scratch book and I really enjoy everything I'm learning (extensive error messages are great for learning * grin *). However, I'm still looking for a rundown of the ...
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What is my Atom's architecture doing?

The short answer is that it's a dual core 64 bit processor at least in my case with a 330. But the Atom's architecture has traits of x64 and x86. So, what is it?
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Documentation on Windows NT Architecture (Updated)

I'm trying to find some reliable documentation the architecture of Windows NT. I've found the Wikipedia page, however I'm not entirely sure how reliable that is given the "citation needed" warnings it ...
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Hosting Multiple Drawings in one Visio vsd Diagram

I'm using Visio 2007 and strawed creating some flowchart diagrams. One on each page. For the same project I would also like to create class and entity relational diagrams. Is it possible for me to ...
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What command shows the architecture of a binary file on Mac?

I used it a while ago, but cannot find now...
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x86 vs x64 - Why is 32-bit called x86? [closed]

Presumably the x86 was called so because the machines used 80386 and 80486 processors. Is that correct? Is that the right way to refer to 32-bit and 64-bit machines?
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What is hyper-threading and how does it work?

I've heard the term hyper-threading thrown around a bit recently, what exactly is hyper-threading and why is it important?
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Intel Core 2 duo / AMD athlon X2 parallel processing capability

Does Intel Core 2 duo/ AMD athlon X2 really have 2 separate processors? i.e are they capable of doing real parallel processing? What I don't understand is the difference when somebody says Cores or ...
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What kind of messages does Windows send to applications?

What kind of messages does Windows send to applications? For example, when I click this Firefox window, what does happen? Does Windows find the process ID of the application and send it some message ...
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What is the common ground for i7 processors? [closed]

If you see this page, you would see that there are "5 specifications of i7 processors" (is the terminology correct?). They are all i7. What is the common ground among all these processors? I know ...
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Whats the difference between i386,i686 etc processors?

Which one is latest or normally used in computers today ? What is the type of pentium 4 and Core 2 duo?
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Is the MIPS architecture more related to Harvard or Von Neumann?

I can't seem to figure this out from the related wikipedia pages: Von Neumann architecture MIPS architecture Harvard architecture
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Difference between x86_64 and i386

What is the difference? I have intel core 2 duo 32 bit. Under what category my system fall into? I want to download fedora12. It shows me these options. Which one should I download? I have sony vaio ...
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Why has the size of L1 cache not increased very much over the last 20 years?

The Intel i486 has 8 KB of L1 cache. The Intel Nehalem has 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache per core. The amount of L1 cache hasn't increased at nearly the rate the clockrate has ...
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Can I use x86 OS in other archtectures i.e.: ppc?

I want to install slackware x86 in a ppc pc? Can I do it? If not, if I compile only the kernel to ppc, may it work? Are There any ways to accomplish this?? thaks for all answers! and sorry for my ...